Broadband For Individuals and Families
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FCC — Lifeline Program
- Summary: The Lifeline Program allows eligible consumers to receive a monthly benefit up to $9.25 towards phone or internet services (and up to $34.25 for those living on Tribal and Native lands).
- Description: The purpose of the Lifeline Program is to lower the monthly cost of home/mobile phone service or high-speed broadband. Eligible applicants include people with income that is 135% or less than the federal poverty guidelines or households receiving federal assistance (i.e., SNAP). Additionally, all HUD-assisted households are eligible. This program requires annual certification. Consumers can use this program for either phone or internet services, but not both.
- Application Information: There are three ways to apply for Lifeline: online, by mail, or by contacting your service provider. Learn more or apply here: https://www.lifelinesupport.org/how-to-get-lifeline/
- The 2020 FCC Form 555 (Annual Lifeline ETC Certification Form) was due by January 31, 2021.
The Lifeline program offers monthly webinars on the second Wednesday of each month. Learn more and register here: https://www.usac.org/lifeline/contact-us/upcoming-dates/
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development — ConnectHomeUSA
- Summary: HUD, in partnership with the non-profit EveryoneOn, is able to offer free or $9.95 home internet service by partnering with local Internet Service Providers.
- Description: The purpose of ConnectHomeUSA is to provide affordable access and bridge the digital divide to low-income families in HUD-assisted housing. Eligible applicants include low income families, families that live in public housing, and families that receive federal assistance such as TANF or SNAP.
- Application Information: Offers are available by location. Find offers in your area using your zip code: https://www.everyoneon.org/find-offers
- Bonus: EveryoneOn also offers a Digital Learning Center, which provides free resources in the following categories: employment and career training, online healthcare, financial literacy, K-12 education, adult literacy programs, and communicating with loved ones online. https://www.everyoneon.org/digital-learning