FCC to begin $50 broadband subsidy program May 122021-04-30 14:59 by Daniela
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Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic who need assistance paying their broadband bills will soon get some help. The $50 a month broadband subsidy promised as part of the coronavirus relief package Congress passed in December will be made available to low-income individuals starting May 12.
The Federal Communications Commission confirmed that it will be the one administering the new 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.
The discounts are worth up to $50 a month for internet service, and up to $75 on federally recognized Tribal Lands. Consumers can get a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a device from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the price.
"As of May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll in the program to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband service from an approved provider. Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider or by visiting https://getemergencybroadband.org," the FCC said.
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