WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) highlighted the launch of the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program and urged eligible constituents to enroll to receive a discount on their monthly internet bill.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a groundbreaking new program that will help Americans afford their monthly internet bill. The $3.2 billion program was created as part of the final omnibus appropriations bill in December, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that open enrollment in the program began this week. The EBB Program will provide qualifying families a discount of $50, or $75 on tribal lands, off the monthly cost of home internet service. It may also provide an additional subsidy for a computer. Internet providers who participate in the program can apply to the FCC for reimbursement.
“From virtual classrooms to telehealth visits, the pandemic has made access to reliable, high-speed internet more important than ever. That’s why I supported the enactment of the Emergency Broadband Benefit last year – because in this day and age, internet service is a necessity, not a luxury, and ensuring that every family has the ability to telework and stay connected begins with ensuring every family can afford it,” Garamendi said. “I encourage anyone who may be struggling right now to see if they qualify for this new program, and then sign up by contacting their internet provider. I will continue to work hard in Congress to expand internet access and improve affordability so that every household, regardless of zip code, has reliable, high-speed service.”
Households interested in learning whether they qualify are encouraged to visit the FCC’s new enrollment website – https://getemergencybroadband.org/ – and then sign up for the program through their internet service provider.
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