Apply for $50 broadband savings COVID relief

You may be eligible for a $50 monthly coronavirus pandemic discount on your home broadband bill starting Wednesday.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program was included as part of the roughly $900 billion COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress in December 2020 and signed by President Donald Trump. It set aside $3.2 billion for the Federal Communications Commission to cover the program.

Internet connectivity has been vital during the coronavirus pandemic as more Americans worked from home and more students attended school at home. “We all know that Internet access is essential for modern life,” FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said Wednesday. “This pandemic has made it abundantly clear that broadband is no longer nice to have, it’s need-to-have, for everyone, everywhere.”