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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.