On December 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 became law and established an Emergency Broadband Connectivity Fund of $3.2 billion in the United States Treasury to help Americans afford internet service during the pandemic. The Act directed the Federal Communications Commission to use the fund to establish an Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB Program), under which eligible low-income households may receive a discount off the cost of broadband service. RTC is participating in this temporary federal program that could save some of our customers on their monthly internet bill. The EBB Program will conclude when the fund is gone or six months after the end of the COVID Pandemic.
How much could I save?
While details are still coming in, those that are eligible may qualify for up to $50 off their monthly broadband bill for the duration of the program. The program is temporary and it is unknown how long the program will last.
Who is this for?
This is a nationwide program. Locally, the program will be open to new or current customers. This program provides relief to those affected by COVID, so if you're in our service area, there's a good chance you qualify for up to $50/month off your broadband bill.
Who is eligible?
Qualifies for the Lifeline program;
Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, or did so in the 2019-2020 school year;
Experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating providers’ existing low-income or COVID-19 program.
Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year.
How do I sign up?
Registration for this program is not yet available. The FCC is anticipating enrollment to open up towards the end of April. Please check back here for updates! We should know more in the new couple of weeks. As of now, there is to be an application for customers to fill out and proof of eligibility will be required.
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