FCC provides broadband internet discount for millions of US households

A Federal Communications Commission's program will provide low-income households monthly $50 subsidies for broadband internet to help bridge the digital divide.
2:12 | 05/12/21

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We are back with the details of a major internet discount that multiple millions of people can get started this morning. Chief economic correspondent Rebecca Jarvis is here to explain how you might be able to access the FCC's new broadband benefit program. Good morning, Rebecca. Reporter: A lot of people should be able to access this new benefit starting today. So if we learned anything, one of the most valuable lessons from the pandemic is how dependent we are on technology, on getting online and that's how people have accessed critical services from child care to health care to their workplace and this is meant to help people who didn't have access or couldn't afford to get access to get online. It is $50 off your monthly internet bill and the program starts today, George. If you are eligible so who is eligible? Reporter: Yeah, so there are a huge number of people who should be eligible. Anyone who experienced a significant loss in income beginning on February 28th of 2020 and onward, a single filer who makes less than $99,000 or joint filers who make less than $198,000 together. If you receive Pell grant, if you are the recipient of snap or medicaid or veterans and survivor pension benefits you shoulding eligible and the FCC estimates that field of people is about 41 million households, George. This stems from the big covid relief package. How long will it last? So it starts today, there's $3.2 billion allocated to the program. It is on a first come first serve basis. You do have to apply in order to receive the benefits and it should last until those benefits run out or six months after the covid-19 pandemic is ended and is declared ended by the HHS and you can find out more information by visiting this website, George, getemergencybroadband.org. You can also inquire through your internet provider but getemergencybroadband.org is where you can get the most information. Thanks very much. Michael.

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