Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

PLEASE NOTE: THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED AS MORE INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE

Upated November 22, 2021

Consumers applying for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB Program) who seek to qualify using enrollment in a USDA Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school must provide documentation that demonstrates that their child or dependent (referred to as a benefit qualifying person or BQP on the application) attends a CEP school.

Examples of acceptable documentation include a letter from the school or school district or a report card that provides the information listed below* and indicates that the benefit-qualifying person listed on the application is enrolled in the CEP school also provided by the consumer on the application.  Consumers submitting paper applications must also include such documentation when seeking to qualify based on their child or dependent’s enrollment in a CEP school. 

* The benefit-qualifying person's name; the name of the school or of the school district; and a date that coincides with the 2019-2020, 2020-2021, or 2021-2022 school year. 

For more information, please see the USAC Do I Qualify webpage.  

Updated June 8, 2021 

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBBP) is now open and accepting applications. Consumers can apply for the program now.

If you are currently enrolled in the Lifeline program, you do not have to apply again for the Emergency Broadband Benefit. You can apply your Lifeline and Emergency Broadband Benefit to the same or separate services. Talk to your Lifeline provider about the services they may have available as part of the Emergency Broadband Benefit, including options to apply the discounts to your existing Lifeline service, or contact another broadband provider participating in the EBB Program to apply the benefit to a separate broadband service. (See the federal link below to find participating providers in Vermont.) 

Background

On February 25, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Report and Order that established the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBBP), a $3.2 billion federal initiative to provide qualifying households discounts on their internet service bills and an opportunity to receive a discount on a computer or tablet.

The EBBP will provide eligible households with discounts of up to $50/month for broadband service and associated equipment rentals, and up to $75/month if the household is on Tribal lands. It also provides a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50) for eligible households. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per eligible household.

Eligibility

The Program is open to households: 

  • That participate in an existing low-income or pandemic relief program offered by a broadband provider
  • With Lifeline subscribers, including those on Medicaid or who accept SNAP benefits
  • With children receiving free and reduced-price lunch or school breakfasts
  • That receive Pell grants
  • That have lost jobs and seen a loss of income in the last year
  • That are already enrolled in a subsidzed or low-income Internet service
  • With annual income less than
    • $99,000 for a single person
    • $198,000 for a family
Sign-Up
  • Consumers can now apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBBP)
  • Eligible households will enroll through participating broadband providers, or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). See USAC webinar slides link, below, slides 14-34.
Participating Providers
Helpful Links
Provider Links (not a complete list)