Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB?)

The Emergency Broadband Benefit will help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households.

This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more.

If your household is eligible, you can receive:

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Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals

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Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands

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A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)

Please note: Only one monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household.

Application Period

The FCC has announced that consumers can begin applying for and enrolling in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program on May 12, 2021. The program will end when the fund runs out of money, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner.

Who Is Eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?

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

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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;
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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;
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Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
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Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 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
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Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

You do not need to apply again for the Emergency Broadband Benefit if you are:

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currently enrolled in the Lifeline program
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in a low-income or COVID-19 relief program with a participating non-Lifeline provider.

Campaign Timeline

June 5, 2021|CPUC Hearing with Public Testimony

The California Public Utilities Commission heard testimony for two days. 280 families told compelling stories

May 7, 2021|CPUC Hearing with Public Testimony

The California Public Utilities Commission heard testimony for two days. 280 families told compelling stories

April 17, 2021|CPUC Hearing with Public Testimony

The California Public Utilities Commission heard testimony for two days. 280 families told compelling stories

April 2, 2021|CPUC Hearing with Public Testimony

The California Public Utilities Commission heard testimony for two days. 280 families told compelling stories

Take Action


Speak Up and Share your Story at California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Public Hearings!

Asista una Audiencia Pública de la Comisión de Servicios Públicos de California y Hágase Escuchar y Comparta su Historia!

WHEN:
Wednesday, April 28th @ 1:30PM PT
Thursday, April 29th @ 6:30PM PT

HOW:
On both days, Connect Via: http://www.adminmonitor.com/ca/cpuc/hearing/2021042

OR Call Toll-Free: (800) 857-1917; code 7218384#

OR Email your comments no later than May 1, 2021 to:
Public.Advisor@cpuc.ca.gov

OR Mail your comments no later than May 1, 2021 to:
CPUC Public Advisors Office
505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102
(Use Reference# R.20-10-002)

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Speak Up and Share your Story at California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Public Hearings!

Asista una Audiencia Pública de la Comisión de Servicios Públicos de California y Hágase Escuchar y Comparta su Historia!

WHEN:
Wednesday, April 28th @ 1:30PM PT
Thursday, April 29th @ 6:30PM PT

HOW:
On both days, Connect Via: http://www.adminmonitor.com/ca/cpuc/hearing/2021042

OR Call Toll-Free: (800) 857-1917; code 7218384#

OR Email your comments no later than May 1, 2021 to:
Public.Advisor@cpuc.ca.gov

OR Mail your comments no later than May 1, 2021 to:
CPUC Public Advisors Office
505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102
(Use Reference# R.20-10-002)

For more information, click here. | Para más información, haga clic aquí.

Your Story is Your Power!

Join Our Workshop: Preparing Your Story

April 21st at 1-2pm (PST) / 4-5pm (EST)

Public speaking can sometimes be frightening and intimidating in places where we are not familiar of the process or the potential impact. In this one hour workshop TURN and Worth Rises will provide guidance on the hearing process, helpful tips, and strategies to ensure that you have the impact you want.

This workshop will be tailored for all audiences who might need some guidance on how to prepare their stories to be most impactful.

Please feel free to share this training with your networks.

Participate (Zoom Link)

Other Ways to Make Your Voice Heard:

Twitter Storm: Tuesday, April 27th at 12-1pm (PST) / 3-4pm (EST)

We are calling on you and your organizations to partner with TURN in order to elevate the importance of this proceeding and have some fun! Please join us for a live Twitter Storm to ensure we have the attention of decision makers at the CPUC and the state legislature as well as an opportunity to ensure impacted communities know about this opportunity to Speak Up and Tell Their Story.

TURN is preparing a Twitter Storm document with sample tweets that you will be able to copy and paste into your twitter feed.  Together we will  tag and target CPUC commissioners and possibly some legislators in order to let them know we mean business!  So, grab some lunch, pull out your phones, tablets or computers and lets TWEET UP A STORM!  Any personal stories or video testimonials would be ideal for this purpose!

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