FCC (Federal Communications Commission) now offers a $50 monthly subsidy. The independent U.S. agency confirmed that its new financial support program is specifically created to help various households pay their WiFi bills.
The U.S.Congress already approved the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program, which is a part of the final stimulus package under former U.S. President Donald Trump, way back in 2020. The EBB program is expected to help the residents of the United States, especially those who have low incomes, to pay off their internet bills during the ongoing global COVID-19 crisis.
The Federal Communications Commission confirmed that it will be the one administering the new $50-per-month subsidies, which will be a total of $3.2 billion. On the other hand, the U.S. Treasury will be the one to set up the fund.
But, before you can have FCC's internet bill support, you still have to sign up for it. Here's what you need to do.
Signing Up to FCC $50 Monthly Internet Subsidy
According to BGR's latest report, FCC confirmed on Thursday, Apr. 29, that the U.S. residents can soon sign up for its $50-per-month internet subsidies. Americans can do this starting May 12. To do this, they need to visit FCC's "Get Emergency Broadband" official website.
When it comes to eligible households, the Federal Communications Commission confirmed that those who qualify for Lifeline benefits through participation in Supplemental Security Income, Federal Public Housing Assistance, Medicaid, Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit, as well as SNAP can get the promised internet financial support.
Aside from them, those who participate in select Tribal Programs, those who received a federal Pell Grant, and those who experienced a substantial income loss since February 29, 2020, can also get the $50 monthly subsidies.
If you are qualified for FCC's monthly internet financial support, you will have these following benefits:
- A one-time discount of up to $100 for various gadgets, specifically a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. On the other hand, you can also have a co-payment of between $10 and $50.
- Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands.
- Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals.
Reducing your Wifi bill
If ever your household is not eligible for FCC's internet bill financial support, you can still reduce your monthly wifi due. Here are some methods you can use, as provided by Reviews.Org.
- Get your own router and modem
- Negotiate your monthly internet bill
- Lessen your internet speed
- Get a TV Service bundled with internet
- Check different providers and compare their prices
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Written by: Griffin Davis