Low-Income Families Can Apply For Internet Service Discounts

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will offer a rebate of up to $50 per month for eligible American families and up to $75 for households that qualify for Tribal land under the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.

The Internet rebate, granted under a COVID-19 assistance program, also gives low-income families a $100 discount when they buy a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet.

Although the preliminary $3.2 billion aid fund was originally approved by Congress late last year, it took several months for the FCC to complete the process of implementing the program.

Those eligible for the benefits include Americans who are already eligible for free and reduced-price school enrollment programs, recipients of a government Pell Grant, and people who have suffered significant income losses since the beginning of 2020.

Eligible Americans can access the funds until the money runs out, or up to six months after the Department of Health announces the end of the pandemic.

For more information, read the original story in NPR.


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