Via EBB Program the government will pay your internet bills now!
To know more about EBB Program, read the following article.
Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB Program):
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a government-approved FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more.
About the Emergency Broadband Benefit:
- The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service.
- Up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands.
- Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.
Who Is Eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?
A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below:
- Americans who lost jobs or substantial income during the pandemic.
- People on government assistance.
- People who are on Medicaid, Medicare, Food Stamps, Social Security.
- Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;
- Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
- Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
- Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020, and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers.
How can I check, if I am eligible?
You can visit (https://www.checklifeline.org/lifeline/?id=nv_flow&ebbp=true) to check your eligibility.
How can I sign up for the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB Program)?
Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider (City Communications) or by visiting GetEmergencyBroadband.org
What documentation do I need to provide when I apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB Program)?
Consumers will need to provide documentation if their eligibility cannot be confirmed automatically by checking a program eligibility database (SNAP or Medicaid, for example). Documents you can use to prove your eligibility include:
- Benefit award letter
- Approval letter
- Statement of benefits
- Benefit verification letter
- For federal Pell Grants, documents should be from this academic year and can include, for example, screenshots of a StudentAid.gov dashboard that clearly documents the student’s receipt of a Pell Grant during the current award year, or a copy of the email sent to the applicant by the Department of Education about the EBB Program.
Applicants may also need to provide documentation to confirm their identity or address.
More can be learned about the documentation required and how to submit it by visiting: getemergencybroadband.org/how-to-apply/show-you-qualify
Do I receive the funds directly each month?
No, the participating broadband service provider (i.e City Communications) will receive the funds directly from the Emergency Broadband Benefit program.
Can I apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit if I have a past due balance with the provider?
Yes, eligible consumers with a past due balance or a balance in collections are eligible for the benefit. You do have to catch up with the payments as this program won’t cover previous dues.
If the service plan I pick is $40 per month, do I get the extra money?
No. The provider is only reimbursed for the cost of the plan up to $50 per eligible household, or up to $75 per eligible household on Tribal lands.
If the plan I pick is more than the monthly discount for broadband service, do I pay the extra myself?
Yes. You are responsible for any amount over $50 per month (or over $75 per month on Tribal lands) for broadband service under the Emergency Broadband Benefit.
How long will the Emergency Broadband Benefit program last?
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an emergency program developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will end once the program funds are exhausted, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the pandemic, whichever comes first.
Will I be charged for service when the Emergency Broadband Benefit program ends?
Yes, if you agree to continue receiving service from your provider.
Can you get the EBB if you lost income in 2020, but got a new job in 2021?
Yes. You don’t need to prove continued unemployment, but you will need to prove that your current annual income is below $99,000 for a single person or $198,000 for a family.
Is City Communications providing this service?
Yes, City Communications can provide you subsidized internet through the EBB program. For more information, please call on 1877-841-1166.