Feds offer discounts for home internet access, computers

Signup starts May 12

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Starting Wednesday, May 12, eligible households will be able to sign up for a monthly discount of up to $75 for broadband service and a discount of up to $100 for a computer or other device through the new FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.

The $3.2 billion federal initiative is aimed at lowering the cost of high-speed internet during the COVID-19 pandemic. It's part of the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

Outside of tribal lands, households can receive up to $50 each month off broadband services; those on tribal lands can receive up to $75 monthly.

Households can also get a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider.

Households are eligible if one member qualifies for the Lifeline program, including those who are on Medicaid or receive SNAP benefits; receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch or breakfast program; experienced a substantial loss of income since Feb. 29, 2020, with total 2020 household income below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; currently received a Federal Pell Grant; or meets the eligibility criteria for a participating internet provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.


For more information, including how to sign up, visit or call 1-888-225-5322.

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