Fund Owner: Federal Communications Commission
Fund Administrator: Universal Service Administrative Company
The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. If your household is eligible, you can receive:
- Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals
- Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
- A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)
Only one monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household. To receive the connected device discount, consumers need to enroll in the EBB Program with a participating provider that offers connected devices (not all service providers offer device discounts). The service provider will provide the discount to the consumer.
The program will end when the fund runs out of money, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner.
September 3, 2021: In Colorado, 55,203 of the 471,049 eligible Colorado households are now enrolled in the EBB (12% participation). The USAC recently released enrollee demographic information, such as age breakdown, eligibility category, type of broadband service, and enrollment numbers by five-digit Zip code area.
August 27, 2021: As of August 27, 5 million U.S. households are enrolled in the EBB. In Colorado, 53,495 of the 471,049 eligible households are now enrolled in the EBB (11% participation).
August 10, 2021: As of August 10, over 4.4 million households in the U.S. and approximately 49,000 Colorado households, representing 1 out of 11 eligible U.S. households.
June 25, 2021: As of June 25, 2.7 million US households are enrolled in the EBB program. The EBB tracker identifies 35,465 Colorado households as enrolled in the EBB program. This represents over $1.7 million in monthly federal funding, paid directly to internet service providers, connecting our most vulnerable Colorado households. The tracker is updated weekly, providing the number of households enrolled, newly enrolled and enrollments by state. The remaining funds will be updated monthly, around the 22nd of each month.
June 8, 2021: The FCC announced that 2.3 Million US households are now using the EBB program to get broadband service. In addition, the USAC (FCC designated administrator) launched the Emergency Broadband Benefit tracker, providing program metrics and state specific participation. 31,263 Colorado households are now benefitting from the EBB program. This represents over $1.5 million in monthly federal funding, paid directly to internet service providers, connecting our most vulnerable Colorado households. The tracker will be updated weekly, providing the number of households enrolled, including state-by-state participation figures, as well as the remaining program fund balance.
The EBB program enrollment window opened May 12, 2021. The EBB program is temporary and expires when program funds are exhausted (see the EBB Tracker for enrollment and remaining fund balance).