EBBP Household Eligibility
(Program available starting May 12, 2021)
Households can qualify for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program by showing that at least one member of their household meets one of the following criteria:
- Qualifies for the FCC’s Lifeline program, including those who are on Medicaid or receive SNAP benefits
- Is approved for the free or reduced price school breakfast/lunch program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision
- Experienced substantial documented loss of income since February 29, 2020 with a total household income in 2020 below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers
- Received a federal Pell grant in the current award year
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount.
When can I sign up for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?
You can sign up for EBBP starting May 12, 2021. Please check our website, www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit, regularly for the latest information.
Do I receive the funds directly each month?
No, the Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a monthly discount on broadband service of up to $50 per eligible household. The participating broadband service provider will receive the funds directly from the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.
Who is eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?
A household is eligible if one member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:
- Qualifies for the Lifeline program
- Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, or did so in the 2019-2020 school year
- Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year
- Experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers
Can I apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program 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.
Can I sign up for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program if I am already a customer or if I was a customer in the past?
Yes, the benefit is available to eligible new, prior and existing customers of participating providers.
Can my roommate and I each get a monthly discount?
No. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount per household, which is defined as any individual or group of individuals who are living together at the same address and share income and expenses.
If I already receive Lifeline benefits will I automatically receive the Emergency Broadband Benefit?
No. You must opt-in with your existing provider or request enrollment in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program with a participating broadband provider and choose an eligible service plan. You can choose to receive the benefit from your current Lifeline service provider or another participating provider.
Can I receive both the Emergency Broadband Benefit and Lifeline benefits at the same time?
Yes. You can also combine these benefits with other state and local benefits where available. They can be applied to the same qualifying service or separately to a Lifeline service and an Emergency Broadband Benefit service with the same or different providers. For example, an eligible household could have a Lifeline-supported mobile phone service and a separate home broadband service that is supported through the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.
Everyone at my child’s school receives breakfast and lunch at no cost. Do we qualify?
Yes. Households with a student enrolled in a school or school district where every student receives this benefit are eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.