May 12, 2021

Rep. Lawson Announces Launch of the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program to Help Residents with Internet Access

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) today announced the launch of the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program and urged eligible residents to enroll to receive a discount on their monthly internet bill.  

The $3.2 billion program was created as part of the final omnibus appropriations bill in December. The EBB Program will provide struggling families a discount of $50 off the monthly cost of home internet service. It may also provide an additional subsidy for a computer. Open enrollment begins today, May 12. 

“From virtual classrooms to telehealth visits, the pandemic has made access to reliable, high-speed internet more important than ever,” Rep. Lawson said. “That’s why I supported the enactment of the Emergency Broadband Benefit last year. The internet is a necessity, not a luxury, and ensuring that every family has the ability to stay connected begins with ensuring every family can afford it. I will continue to work to expand internet access and improve affordability so that every household has reliable service.”

Households interested in learning whether they qualify can visit the FCC’s new enrollment website – https://getemergencybroadband.org/.