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Funding helps low-income families access broadband services
NC Office of State Budget and Management

Funding helps low-income families access broadband services

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RALEIGH — The Emergency Broadband Benefit program offers a monthly discount for struggling families to access broadband services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Created by the Federal Communication Commission, the program will provide up to $50 a month for broadband services. Eligible households also will be provided a one-time discount of up to $100 for laptop or desktop computers or tablets purchased through a participating provider.

The program is open to households that have previously qualified for low-income assistance programs such as Lifeline, Medicaid, SNAP, or free or reduced-price school breakfast and lunches. This program also is open to households that are eligible for a Pell Grant and to low-income families that have suffered from the COVID-19 pandemic, such as significant loss of income due to job loss since Feb. 29, 2020.

Families participating in Lifeline, a similar program designed to make communications services more affordable, will need to contact existing providers and opt-in to receive a discount.

Familes who do not participate in Lifeline should visit bit.ly/2TkfC79 to apply. They also can download a form at bit.ly/3rloSVg and mail it to Emergency Broadband Support Center; PO Box 7081; London KY, 40472.

A list of participating providers is at bit.ly/3kAqut2.

For information, visit fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit.

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