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EBB enrollment will open on May 12, 2021  

 —  WASHINGTON, April 29, 2021—Today, FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel  announced the start date of the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. As of May 12, 2021,  eligible households will be able to enroll in the Program to receive a monthly discount off the  cost of broadband service from an approved provider. Eligible households can enroll through  an approved provider or by visiting  

“Families in every corner of the country have been struggling to get online throughout this  pandemic. For those families, we now say help is around the corner. In less than two weeks, we  will have a new way to for disconnected Americans to access the internet to carry out their day to-day life, so they can reach the virtual classroom, take advantage of telehealth, and seek new  employment opportunities. I’m proud of the work we’ve done as an agency to get this program  off the ground in record time,” said Rosenworcel. 

Between now and the start date, the FCC encourages partners and participating providers to  conduct outreach efforts so that every eligible household knows about the program and how to  sign up. The Commission will be providing a variety of materials for partners to use in their  efforts to increase awareness about the program. During this time, the FCC and its program  administrator, USAC, will continue to ensure that appropriate privacy and security safeguards  are in place. The FCC also urges providers to continue to test their own systems for the  program launch. 

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program will provide eligible households with discounts of  up to $50 a month for broadband service, and up to $75 a month if the household is on Tribal  lands. It also will provide a one-time discount of up to $100 on a computer or tablet for  eligible households.  

Under the law, the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is open to households that  participate in an existing low-income or pandemic relief program offered by a broadband  provider; Lifeline subscribers, including those that are on Medicaid or accept SNAP benefits;  households with kids receiving free and reduced-price lunch or school breakfast; Pell grant  recipients; and those who have lost jobs and seen their income reduced in the last year.  

For more information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, please visit: