University of Wisconsin–Madison
Emergency Broadband Benefit

FCC program helps pay for broadband

The Emergency Broadband Benefit program helps people struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic, connecting them to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms and more. It will provide:

  • Discounts of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands 
  • One-time discounts 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

Each qualifying household is eligible for a monthly service discount and one device discount.

Who Is Eligible?

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is open to:

  • Federal Pell Grant recipients
  • Households with students receiving free and reduced-price lunch or school breakfast
  • Those who have lost jobs and seen their income reduced in the last year due to furloughs
  • Households that participate in an existing low-income or pandemic relief program offered by a broadband provider
  • Lifeline subscribers, including those who are on Medicaid or accept SNAP benefits

When Can I Sign Up for the Benefit?

The program is currently accepting new applications. Eligible households can enroll in the program now to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband service from an approved provider. 

How do I enroll?

Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider or by visiting the Emergency Broadband Benefit program’s website.

For more information

To learn more about the program, visit the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit page.