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Posted on: August 13, 2021

Low-Income Households Eligible for Federal Assistance Through Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Michiganders who meet income eligibility requirements or have been financially impacted by COVID-19 will be able to receive financial help to pay for home broadband connections and internet-enabled devices as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rolls out the Emergency Broadband Benefit program recently approved by Congress.

According to the FCC, a household is eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit program if a member of the household meets one of these criteria:

  • Has an income at or below 135% of federal poverty guidelines or participates in assistance programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;
  • Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, 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 due to job loss or furlough since Feb. 29, 2020; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating broadband provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

There are three ways to apply for the benefit:

  1. Contact your preferred participating broadband provider directly to learn about their application process.
  2. Go to www.GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online and find participating providers near you.
  3. Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application and return it along with proof of eligibility to:

Emergency Broadband Support Center

P.O. Box 7081

London, KY 40742

More information is available by viewing the press release in it's entirety.

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