Rep. Maloney Applauds Launch of the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

May 12, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today applauded the launch of the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program, which will provide eligible New Yorkers with discounts on their monthly internet bill. She is urging all eligible New Yorkers to apply for the program.

 

“From virtual classrooms to telehealth visits, the COVID-19 pandemic has made access to reliable, high-speed internet more important than ever,” said Rep. Maloney. “Today, internet service is a necessity, not a luxury, that every American family should be able to afford. I encourage New Yorkers who may be struggling right now to see if they qualify for this new program, and sign up by contacting their internet provider.”

 

Background

 

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a groundbreaking new program that will help economically vulnerable Americans afford their monthly internet bill. The $3.2 billion program was created as part of the final omnibus appropriations bill in December, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that open enrollment in the program begins today. The EBB Program will provide struggling families a discount of $50, or $75 on tribal lands, off the monthly cost of home internet service. It may also provide an additional subsidy for a computer. Internet providers who participate in the program can apply to the FCC for reimbursement.

 

Households interested in learning whether they qualify are encouraged to visit the FCC’s new enrollment website – https://getemergencybroadband.org/ – and then sign up for the program through their internet service provider.

 

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