The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB) will make $3.2 billion available to provide a monthly discount for high-speed internet service for eligible households. The FCC is currently approving internet providers, hosting educational webinars, and finalizing the program prior to launching it to the public. The FCC expects to go live with the program this Wednesday, May 12.
One way a household is eligible for the EBB program is if they receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), or did so during the 2019-20 school year.
Once the FCC officially announces the launch of the program, the state of Missouri will kick off its “Get Connected” public awareness campaign to promote the program to the general public. The Department of Economic Development created a website to provide individuals with easy access to more information as well as contact information for participating internet providers.
To learn more about the FCC EBB, please review the following resources:
- FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
- FAQ for Consumers of EBB: Consumer FAQ for Emergency Broadband Benefit
- EBB Fact Sheet
- USAC EBB Technical Assistance webinar recordings
The above message is a press release from the FCC.