Federal program helps eligible families pay for internet service
The Federal Communication Commission's Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) is a temporary program to help eligible families pay for internet service during the pandemic. Households with children who qualified for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program during the 2019-2020, 2020-2021 or 2021-2022 school year are eligible for the EBB Program. Nationally more than 6 million eligible households have enrolled. Approximately $2.5 billion of the $3.1 billion appropriated for the program remains available.
The U.S. Department of Education's EBB website has more information about the program, including an introductory letter and answers to frequently asked questions. These resources can assist school leaders as they learn about the program and communicate with families. In addition, an Outreach Toolkit with sample templates is available.