One of the many programs funded by Congress to help working families weather the pandemic is the Emergency Broadband Benefit, which allows eligible households to receive a discount to their broadband bill of up to $50 per month or $75 per month if the household is on Tribal land. The EBB program also provides a one-time discount of up to $100 on a computer, tablet, or other devices for qualifying households. But while the EBB has been enormously helpful to those who have used it, many families are leaving the benefit on the table. More than 19 million families that qualify are still not enrolled, according to MediaJustice, one of the groups trying to help raise the visibility of the EBB. The Federal Communications Commission reported recently that just $378 million of the more than $3 billion budgeted for the program has been allocated so far. MediaJustice National Organizer Brandon Forester spoke recently with Spotlight about the benefit. Read the full conversation in Spotlight.
Spotlight: More Families Could Take Advantage of Broadband Benefit
New Report: Utica Residents Speak Out for Broadband Connectivity in MediaJustice Report to MS’ BEAM OfficePress