Earlier in the year, we shared information that contained a link to a survey related to the quality of broadband access in the state of Wisconsin. Surveys such as these are critical for ensuring that our Federal partners are aware of the difficulties and challenges when it comes to broadband access across the state. It is through surveys and research such as this that the FCC is able to understand the needs of households across the nation, especially during this pandemic and related recovery.
The Federal Communications Commission has launched a temporary Emergency Broadband Benefit program to help families and households struggling to afford Internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.
- For more information, please visit: https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit
- Starting May 12th, eligible households can sign up at: https://getemergencybroadband.org
- An Outreach Toolkit for this program is available here: https://www.fcc.gov/emergency-broadband-benefit-outreach-toolkit
- Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail in application.
You can learn more about the benefit, including eligibility and enrollment information, by visiting https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit , or by calling 833-511-0311.