Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?
As part of the COVID-19 emergency stimulus legislation, Congress signed into law, on December 27, 2020, a $3.2 billion broadband subsidy program for qualifying low-income households known as the Emergency Broadband Benefit program. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), using funds from the newly created Emergency Broadband Connectivity Fund, administers this program. Although the FCC manages this program, it is not part of the Lifeline program.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit program was created to connect low-income households with affordable broadband (internet) service during the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to get or stay connected to work remotely or to find jobs, to have access to healthcare services, and to keep students connected to their classrooms. This is a temporary program due to expire six months after the public health crisis is over, or when funds are depleted.
This program is available starting May 12, 2021.
Who is Eligible?
An “eligible household” is defined as any household with at least one member who meets one of the following criteria:
- Is qualified to participate in the federal Lifeline program (read more)
- Is qualified to participate in the free and reduced price lunch program
- Has experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020 that is documented by layoff or furlough notice, application for unemployment insurance benefits, or other similar document
- Has received a Federal Pell Grant in the current award year
What plans are available?
EBB participants will receive Unlimited Talk, Text & Data, including personal HotSpot.
- Tribal – First 25 GB at HighSpeed ($59.25 value)
- Non-Tribal, combined with Lifeline – First 25 GB at HighSpeed ($59.25 value)
- Non-Tribal, EBB only – Fist 20 GB at HighSpeed ($49.25 value)
How can I enroll?
Existing Easy Wireless customers must Opt-In to add EBB to their account.
New customers can apply online.