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Federal Program Helps CCS Families Stay Connected

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

October 11, 2021 -- CCS families looking to stay connected for less have the opportunity to enroll in the Federal Emergency Broadcast Benefit (EBB) program. The program, which took effect in May, provides a temporary reduction on home internet or wireless service for eligible households.

With the challenges COVID presented last year, children without internet access were unable to attend virtual school. Families without internet access had difficulty applying for benefits, working remotely, and staying connected with loved ones. Although we are back in our school buildings, COVID continues to present challenges, making internet connectivity essential.

The EBB program provides eligible households up to a $50 discount (up to $75 on tribal lands) off their monthly internet bill and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating Internet Service Provider (ISP) if the household contributes more than $10 but less than $50 toward the purchase price. This reduction can help provide reliable, affordable, and quality internet for all our CCS families.

So far, less than 1,200 families in Columbus have taken advantage of this benefit. Fortunately, it's not too late. While the $50 allotment ends in December, enrollees will automatically be rolled into a $30 allowance that does not have an end date yet.

You can learn more about the program, eligibility criteria, and how to apply at GetEmergencyBroadband.org or by calling (833) 511-0311.

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