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Emergency Internet Benefit (EBB)

Important Updates to the Emergency Internet Benefit (EBB)

Congress recently created the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). This is a new, long-term, $14 billion program that will replace the Emergency Internet Benefit. This investment will make connecting to the internet affordable and help ensure that we can access the connections we need for work, school, health services and beyond for a long time to come.

Households that are enrolled in the Emergency Internet Benefit as of December 31, 2021 will continue to receive their monthly subsidy until March 1, 2022.

What will change?

  • The maximum monthly subsidy amount will change from $50 to $30 for households not located on eligible Tribal lands. The maximum monthly subsidy amount will continue to be $75 for households located on eligible Tribal lands.
  • Households may be eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program in new ways. Among others, for receiving WIC assistance or for having an income below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines .
  • Households with approved eligibility for the Emergency Internet Benefit due to a substantial reduction in income due to job loss or forced unpaid leave since February 29, 2020 or because they meet the eligibility criteria for a provider's COVID-19 program, they will need to resubmit their applications for the Affordable Connectivity Program.
  • In the coming weeks, we will make available more information related to the actions that current beneficiaries of the Emergency Internet Benefit program must take to continue receiving assistance, through the Affordable Connectivity Program, after the transition period. The FCC will seek comments on published changes to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and adopt rules to implement the Affordable Connectivity Program. Please keep checking these pages for additional updated information.

Most families receiving the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) will not need to take any action to continue receiving the new $30 monthly benefit after the transition period ends on March 1, 2022. If your expenses out-of-pocket costs increase as a result of the monthly benefit amount being reduced, your service provider will contact you to let you know if you need to take any other action to continue receiving the Affordable Connectivity Program benefit.

Families living on tribal lands who are eligible to receive a $75 monthly benefit will continue to receive it, and will not need to take any action to continue receiving the Affordable Connectivity Program benefit .

After the transition period ends on March 1, 2022, the monthly discount for all former EBB program participants who do not live on eligible tribal lands will be reduced to $30. Contact your provider if you are concerned about a possible increase in your monthly service bill or if you are interested in changing plans.

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