Although many students have gone back to in-person learning, there is still a big need for broadband internet service for families. If you are still recovering from the pandemic, there is help available for families that qualify. According to WGRZ. the FCC's Emergency Broadband Benefit allows participating internet providers to provide a saving of $50 for families that meet the income requirements.

Here's How You Can Apply

There are three different ways to apply, one way is to contact your internet service provider directly and ask about their application process. Another way to apply is to visit the website at www.getemergencybroadband.org. There is also a number you can call, 1-833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, then just mail it in with copies of your proof of eligibility.

Who's Eligible For The Program?

Families that an income that is at or below %135 of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or if you participate in assistance programs like SNAP, Medicaid, or lifeline. Families can also be eligible if they got approved to receive benefits under the free or reduced lunch program in school during the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year. Also, if you have experienced a substantial loss of income due to loss of job or furlough since February 29, 2020.

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Back in April, Governor Cuomo signed legislation that required internet providers to provide service to low-income families in New York for 15/per month. This program is a great way to help people that may need assistance with broadband service so that their children can continue to get work done even if they are out of school.

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