Pandemic emergency program gives Americans $50 off internet bills

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By , WWJ Newsradio 950

Americans can begin applying for $50 dollars off their internet bill today as part of an emergency government program to keep people connected during the pandemic.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program that’s intended to assist eligible households in connecting to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and more.

Those who qualify can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

The $3.2 billion program is part of the $900 billion December pandemic-relief package.

It's unclear how long the money will last, although it's expected to be several months. Tens of millions of people are eligible, and the criteria to qualify can be found on the FCC website.

Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online and to find participating providers near you, or call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application.

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