Some families could be eligible for monthly broadband discount through federal government.
Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is working to raise consumer awareness about an Emergency Broadband benefit they could be eligible for through a new federal program that provides $50 a month in discounts for some families for broadband.
“During this pandemic, we have seen just how vital internet service is to every family. I’m proud to do my part in highlighting this program and raise awareness so that Mississippi families can save. This $50 monthly discount for broadband service is real savings for real families. I urge customers to reach out to their provider to see if they qualify for these savings,” said Commissioner Presley.
In order to receive the benefits a family must have at least one member of the home that meets at least one of the listed criteria:
- Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year
- 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, 2020-2021, or 2021-2022 school year
- 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 the FCC’s Lifeline program
- Experienced a substantial loss of income through 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
- Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program
If you believe your household might be eligible for the discount you can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail-in application.