The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBBP) is a Federal Communications Commission pandemic-related program designed to provide economic relief to broadband consumers. Participating households will receive a monthly billed credit in the amount of their broadband service rate. Credits cannot exceed $50.00. This is a temporary federal program that will end when the funds ($3.2 billion) are fully distributed or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declare the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer an emergency health issue in the United States.
Program eligibility requires that a household meet one of the following conditions. The household must:
Demonstrate low income, at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty level;
Participate in a federal assistance program including Lifeline, SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, FPHA, or Veterans Pension or Survivor Benefit Programs;
Rely on free and reduced-price school meals;
Receive a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
Suffer a large loss of income during the pandemic 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.
Consumers may apply online at https://www.checklifeline.org/lifeline/?id=nv_flow&ebbp=true or consumers may complete a paper application and mail it in to the Emergency Broadband Support Center. Paper applications are available online at https://getemergencybroadband.org/how-to-apply/ or applicants may download an application from this Bruce Telephone Company (BTC) website. Complete EBBP details may be found online at https://getemergencybroadband.org/. This site will help you see whether you qualify and which documentation you will need to prove your eligibility.
If you are currently receiving a monthly benefit from the Lifeline Program and your broadband account is in your name, you will automatically qualify. All you need to do is contact the BTC office at 662-983-4343 and your options will be provided to you. The BTC – EBBP Lifeline Customer Sign Up Form you will need to sign may be downloaded from this BTC website. The completed form may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or you may hand deliver it to the telephone office.