Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Will Reduce Internet Costs for Hardworking Families Across New Hampshire
WASHINGTON – The Federal Communications Commission opened the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program yesterday, which will help hard-working families across New Hampshire afford internet services and internet-connected devices. The program was created in last December’s year-end COVID-19 relief package, which Senator Maggie Hassan worked to negotiate and pass into law.
As part of the program, eligible families can apply for a $50 per month reduction in their internet bill and a one-time $100 credit for buying an internet-connected device like a tablet, laptop, or phone. The program is open to families that qualify for programs such as Lifeline and free or reduced school lunch, as well as some families who experienced job losses or significant pay cuts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Access to broadband is a necessity in our modern economy, including for adults to work or search for a job, and for students to stay on top of their studies,” said Senator Hassan. “That is why this Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is so important, and I encourage all eligible Granite Staters to apply for this program that will lower their monthly internet bills.”
Granite Staters can visit getemergencybroadband.org for more information on who qualifies for the program and how to apply.
Senator Hassan is working to expand reliable broadband access, especially to rural and underserved communities. Senator Hassan successfully worked to include $7 billion in funding for the E-Rate program in the American Rescue Plan, which will direct funds to help schools provide Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, and internet-enabled devices, including internet service through such equipment, to students.