Get Help From The Federal Government To Pay For The Internet – NBC 7 San Diego
Many families have faced difficult financial decisions because of the coronavirus pandemic, with some families lagging behind on electricity and water bills and, in some cases, paying their internet service providers.
However, the Federal Communications Commission is trying to help people stay connected. The FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit gives you up to $ 50 per month for broadband services and up to $ 75 per month for people living in tribal areas. Some families may also be eligible for $ 100 credit for a computer or tablet.
It’s been over a month since the program was launched, but with $ 3.2 billion set aside, they still have plenty of money to spend. Based on the online claims tracker, only $ 34.6 million has been paid out to US households to date.
“If you think you qualified, apply now,” Adriana Mendoza, government affairs manager for Cox Communications, told us in May. “The financing is based on the first-come-first-served principle.”
The FCC said it still has pending claims that it is still processing, but did not say how many. So the money won’t last much longer.
“It could be a month or six months,” Mendoza said. “It really depends on how quickly the funding runs out.”
To qualify, your household must meet the requirements one of the following requirements:
- Household income that is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines
- Get approval for the free and discounted school lunch or breakfast programs
- Received a federal Pell grant for this current year
- Has suffered a significant loss of income since February 29, 2020
- Meet eligibility criteria for a low-income broadband operator’s existing programs or COVID-19
“You have to be someone who may have been hit by unemployment or vacation because of the pandemic,” Mendoza said of Cox’s policy. “Also, if you are in government programs like Social Security, SNAP, Housing. There is a whole list of programs. If you qualify for these, you are likely eligible for this discount.”
To apply for the program, visit the website of an Internet service provider who works with the FCC or visit the program website to apply. Or you can call 833-511-0311 to request a mail-in application. A list of the participating providers can be found here.
Although more than $ 3 billion has been allocated to the program, you should apply quickly.
“Three point two billion sounds like a lot, but once it has been distributed it will be quick,” said Mendoza. “Don’t think too long. Jump on it, act on it and apply.”
Cox customers can find out how to apply here. Spectrum and charter customers can find out how to apply here.