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Nearly 10% of funds for the Emergency Broadband Benefit is already spent

Robin Layton

Jun 9, 2021 — 1 min read

2.3 million households have qualified to receive money off their monthly internet bill.

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In just three weeks, over two million households have started saving $50 to $75 on their monthly internet bill, courtesy of the federal government.

The Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Broadband Benefit launched on May 12 with a budget of $3 billion. Factoring in the $50 and $75 per month disbursements, about 10% of the $3 billion budget is gone. 

“I am thrilled to see that the great need for affordable broadband support is being met with over two million households enrolled in three short weeks. I’ve also said we need good data to know how the program is progressing and to inform any long-term efforts to address broadband affordability. This information is now available to the public as we always intended,” said Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC Acting Chairwoman.

The public, and government officials, can easily track the amount of money being spent within the program by a new dashboard that now tracks enrollment amounts, but will eventually report the amount of funds disbursed once participating providers start to file claims. 

Information on the dashboard also reports enrollments by state. The top 5 are:

  • California: 219,675
  • Ohio: 146,990
  • Texas: 134,705
  • New York: 112,300
  • Florida: 106,871

Over 1,000 broadband providers have agreed to take part in the program. The benefit is available to eligible new, prior and existing customers of participating providers. 

You can sign up by contacting a participating provider, by enrolling online at https://www.getemergencybroadband.org or signing up via mail. To learn more or learn where to access a mail-in application, call (833) 511-0311.

Robin Layton

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Robin Layton

Editor, Broadband Content

Robin Layton is an editor with Allconnect. She works closely with the content team writers to ensure consumers get a fair and balanced reporting of the state of broadband services to help them understand the pro… Read more

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