This Federal Program Could Shave $50 Off Your Internet Bill

A new federal program would help many NC families with internet bills. (Image via Getty Photos)

By Sarah Ovaska

May 12, 2021

Struggling North Carolinians can apply to this temporary program to get help with their Internet bills or buying a tablet or computer.

If money is tight in your house, a federal program will now  help you pay for the Internet that keeps your kids connected to virtual school and lets you connect to the world. 

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program will give those who qualify up to $50 a month ($75 a month if you live on qualified tribal lands) and up to $100 to buy a laptop, desktop computer. 

You might need to act fast, though. 

Sign ups start today, and you can apply here. But the temporary program set up during this pandemic has a limited amount of money. In other words, once they’re tapped, they’re out. 

Want to know if you qualify? You can check here to see. 

 In general, people who have been struggling for the last year are the ones who can get this boost. 

Some scenarios that you can quality with: 

👉  You make less than $17,388 as a single person ($35,775 for a family of four).

👉  Someone in your household is on Medicaid. 

👉   Someone in your house is signed up for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps. That includes the extra help families got for school kids over the last year.

👉  You’ve had a significant loss of income from job loss or another situation over the last year.. 

Again, apply here or through your existing internet provider, if you’re already hooked up. 


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