Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) is a limited-time benefit for low-income consumers that will show up as a credit on your bill for High-Speed Home Internet and could pay for computing device. The U.S. Congress and President established this benefit in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. EBB may be valid for 6 months.
Broadband is the technical term for access to the Internet. Both words are used and both mean access to the Internet.
Eligible Consumers Can Receive
- Up to $50 per month on Home Internet service
- Up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal Lands
- One-time discount of up to $100 for a computer or a tablet (offered in California by human-I-T when buying their broadband service)
Steps To Receive Your Benefit
Check If You Qualify for the Emergency Broadband Benefit
See if your household fits into any eligible categories below
Important: You can keep your Lifeline benefit for a mobile phone and get the EBB for a discount on your home Internet service.
Apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit (see link below)
Choose how you want to apply and submit all necessary documents
Find a Broadband Provider Near You
Use the search tool to find a company that offers Emergency Broadband Benefit discounts
Make A Choice Before EBB Ends
Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) will notify you about 30 days before EBB ends. This means EBB will NOT be applied to your next bill. You will need to choose to (1) continue with your existing service at market rate or (2) switch to the affordable Home Internet plan. If you do not make a choice the ISP will disconnect service at the end of the billing period. You can choose any company. ISPs cannot require a waiting period before changing your service when you are in the EBB Program. Make your choice before EBB ends.