Malden, MA -
Today, Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark (MA-5) highlighted the launch of the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program, a groundbreaking new program that will help economically vulnerable Americans afford their monthly internet bill. Enrollment in the $3.2 billion program began last week and will provide struggling families a discount of $50 off the monthly cost of home internet service. It may also provide an additional subsidy for a computer. Internet providers who participate in the program can apply to the FCC for reimbursement.
'From virtual classrooms to telehealth visits, the pandemic has made clear that reliable, high-speed internet is a critical piece of our nation's infrastructure and a lifeline for families,' said Assistant Speaker Clark.
'I encourage households to apply for these benefits, and I will continue to fight in Congress to expand internet access and improve affordability so that everyone has access to broadband.'
Households interested in learning whether they qualify are encouraged to visit the FCC's new enrollment website -https://getemergencybroadband.org/
- and then sign up for the program through their internet service provider.