The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program provides support for broadband services and certain devices to help low-income households stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On December 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 became law and established an Emergency Broadband Connectivity Fund of $3.2 billion in the United States Treasury to help Americans afford internet service during the pandemic. The Act directed the Federal Communications Commission to use the fund to establish an Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB Program), under which eligible low-income households may receive a discount off the cost of broadband service and certain connected devices, and participating providers can receive a reimbursement for such discounts. The EBB Program will conclude when the fund is expended or six months after the end of the public health emergency.
Washington Broadband will use this fund to replace payments currently being received in areas such as the Highland, and Naches areas for students who can’t afford home Internet. It is not limited to that area, it is available in all of our service area. It will provide $50 subsidies for Internet service if residents qualify under strict guidelines.
The discounted Internet will start around Mid-May and applies to existing and new accounts. Please don’t call the office to sign up until the FCC officially starts the program. We will announce the official start of the program in the next week or so.
Check out our EBB Page for more information HERE.