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The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB) 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:
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.
Through Connect 313, awareness and enrollment support has been activated so that anyone interested in the subsidy can talk to someone to check their likelihood of qualifying for the benefit, receive assistance in navigating communication with their internet service provider, or even identify a new service provider. Residents can also walk into one of the listed Community Partners on the right for face-to-face support.
To date, Michigan has enrolled 85,000 individuals, although we know many more qualify for the subsidy. This subsidy has the potential to reduce the barrier of affordability to internet adoption.
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.