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Update: Congress recently created the Affordable Connectivity Program, a new long-term, $14 billion program, which will replace the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. This investment in broadband affordability will help ensure we can afford the connections we need for work, school, health care and more for a long time. For more information, please visit www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit (external link).

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a federal program to help people struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The benefit will connect eligible people to jobs, healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and more.

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 onetime discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer or tablet from participating providers.

How do I enroll?

Eligible households have several options to apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit:

How can I get help to enroll?

The King County Library System offers a free Digital Navigator service. Meet with a staff member online or by phone to get help using technology. Make an appointment.

Who is eligible?

A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the following criteria:

  • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;
  • Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since Feb. 29, 2020, and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program.