Important Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Updates
SVEConnect joined the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program this past July. The EBB is a temporary FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Congress recently created the Affordable Connectivity Program, a new long-term, $14 billion program, which will replace the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. This investment in broadband affordability will help ensure we can afford the connections we need for work, school, health care and more for a long time.
Households enrolled in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program as of 12/31/21 will continue to receive their current monthly benefit until 3/1/22.
For more information on the program changes, go to https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit
If you apply and you are deemed as "qualified" for this benefit, it is very important that you forward the qualification email and a good contact number to firstname.lastname@example.org so the bill credit can be added to your account. We will need to call you, so please include a good call back number!
Please note: you may get a message that you qualify for benefits, however, SVEConnect will need to enter your information in the FCC database for final approval.
The EBB is a temporary program that expires 3/1/2022.
Who Is Eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?
A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below:
- Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;
- Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
- Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
- Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers.