The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced on April 29, 2021, that starting May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB Program) through an approved provider or by visiting the program’s website .
The $3.2 billion EBB Program, established through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (Pub. L. 116-260), allows eligible households on “tribal lands” to receive a discount of up to $75 off the cost of internet service per month and a subsidy of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer or tablet. Each household is eligible to receive only one subsidy for a laptop, desktop computer or tablet. The program will end when there are no remaining funds, or six months after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declares an end to the pandemic, whichever comes first.
Tribal lands are defined as “any federally recognized Indian tribe’s reservation, pueblo, or colony, including former reservations in Oklahoma; Alaska Native regions established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (85 Stat. 688); Indian allotments; Hawaiian Home Lands – areas held in trust for Native Hawaiians by the state of Hawaii, pursuant to the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920 July 9, 1921, 42 Stat. 108, et. seq., as amended; and any land designated as such by the Commission for purposes of this subpart pursuant to the designation process in § 54.412.” 47 CFR § 54.400(e). Eligible Households
Households that qualify for the EBB Program include: households that already participate […]