Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

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Starting on May 12, 2021, eligible households can access the FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit funds to offset the cost of Broadband Service to their home and could receive money for a device. The North Carolina Broadband Office has information with details about the EEB program eligibility and the benefits. Please help promote this program to help bridge the digital divide in your community. See a summary of the benefits below:

  • Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals
  • Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)

A household must meet one of the following criteria for eligibility:

  • Be Lifeline eligible
  • Eligible for an existing ISP discount broadband program
  • Have children eligible for free and reduced school lunches
  • Have a household member who is a Pell Grant recipient
  • Have a household member who is unemployed.
  • ISP participation is voluntary. Eligible households may choose among services offered by participating providers.
  • Participating providers in North Carolina can be found on this FCC website.

Promoting the EBB Program is easy with the tool kits provided below:

Visit the Broadband Resources page for information and ways to take action on broadband issues.

Please contact Kenny Sherin if you have questions or want to share resources.

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Kenneth Sherin, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionKenneth SherinBroadband Access and Education Coordinator and County Extension Director Call Kenneth Email Kenneth N.C. Cooperative Extension, Randolph County Center
Updated on May 20, 2021
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