New FCC program helps hHouseholds afford broadband service

Throughout the pandemic, CWA members who work in telecommunications have been keeping our country's broadband networks up and running. We have depended on these networks for work, school, healthcare, and other essential services.

Now, there's another way to help families and households stay connected. The FCC has launched a temporary program to make Internet service more affordable.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and 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.

Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail in application.

You can learn more about the benefit, including eligibility and enrollment information, by visiting www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit, or by calling (833) 511-0311.

Please help get more people the broadband access that they need by sharing this information with your friends, family members, and community organizations! Social media content, flyers, and posters are available at www.fcc.gov/emergency-broadband-benefit-outreach-toolkit.

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New program helps households afford broadband service (CWA, May 13, 2021)