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Thanks! Was going to start a thread on this now.
I have a full writeup in my signature link but here are some details:

The program provides:
-up to $50 per month towards broadband service
-a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet (applicants must contribute $10-$50 toward the purchase price)
This program stacks with the FCC’s existing Lifeline Program, so you can receive both Lifeline and the Emergency Broadband Benefit on the same service.

The program will end once funds have been exhausted, or 6 months after the Department of Health and Human Services lifts the Covid emergency- whichever comes first. Your provider will notify you when your benefit is scheduled to end.


At least one household member must be enrolled in one of the following programs for the household to qualify:
-Lifeline program
-Free and reduced-price school lunch program (students who were enrolled in the 2019-2020 school year but are currently homeschooled are also eligible)
-Federal Pell Grant during the current award year
-Experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020 (additionally, total household income must be below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers for the 2020 tax year)
-If your broadband provider is currently running a low-income or covid program that is income based and you qualify, you can qualify for this as well

The Emergency Broadband Benefit application opened on May 12, 2021. There are 3 ways one can apply for this program:
-Through your broadband provider
-Online via the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program website (https://www.getemergencybroadband.org/#)
-By calling 833-511-0311 and mailing in the necessary documents
If you are rejected AA (apply again ;) )
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$50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« on: May 12, 2021, 09:01:07 AM »
https://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/emergency-program-give-people-money-off-internet-bill

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Americans can begin applying for $50 off their monthly internet bill on Wednesday as part of an emergency government program to keep people connected during the pandemic.

The $3.2 billion program is part of the $900 billion December pandemic-relief package. The government is increasing spending on broadband as the pandemic made stark that millions of Americans did not have access to, and could not afford, broadband at a time when jobs, school and health care was moving online.

It's unclear how long the money will last but it's expected to be several months. Tens of millions of people are eligible, although the Federal Communications Commission, which is administering the program, did not specify a number.

For example, your household is eligible if you receive food stamps, have a child in the free or reduced-price school lunch program, use Medicaid, or lost income during the pandemic and made $99,000 for single filers, or $198,000 for joint filers, or less.

There are other eligibility requirements, too — see getemergencybroadband.org to find out if you qualify.

You can get the discount even if you owe your phone or cable company money. That's important because some people have been barred from low-cost plans offered by internet service providers when they owed their service provider money. More than 800 cellphone and home-internet companies are participating, including AT&T, Charter, Comcast, T-Mobile and Verizon.
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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2021, 09:37:12 AM »
Thanks! Was going to start a thread on this now.
I have a full writeup in my signature link but here are some details:

The program provides:
-up to $50 per month towards broadband service
-a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet (applicants must contribute $10-$50 toward the purchase price)
This program stacks with the FCC’s existing Lifeline Program, so you can receive both Lifeline and the Emergency Broadband Benefit on the same service.

The program will end once funds have been exhausted, or 6 months after the Department of Health and Human Services lifts the Covid emergency- whichever comes first. Your provider will notify you when your benefit is scheduled to end.


At least one household member must be enrolled in one of the following programs for the household to qualify:
-Lifeline program
-Free and reduced-price school lunch program (students who were enrolled in the 2019-2020 school year but are currently homeschooled are also eligible)
-Federal Pell Grant during the current award year
-Experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020 (additionally, total household income must be below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers for the 2020 tax year)
-If your broadband provider is currently running a low-income or covid program that is income based and you qualify, you can qualify for this as well

The Emergency Broadband Benefit application opened on May 12, 2021. There are 3 ways one can apply for this program:
-Through your broadband provider
-Online via the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program website (https://www.getemergencybroadband.org/#)
-By calling 833-511-0311 and mailing in the necessary documents

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2021, 09:39:14 AM »
According to the article, being on Medicaid also qualifies.
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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2021, 09:55:43 AM »
According to the article, being on Medicaid also qualifies.
It's part of the Lifeline eligibility, but you're right, it does make senses to add separately for those that aren't aware of Lifeline.

Here's the list of other programs that qualify:
-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps
-Medicaid
-Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
-Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
-Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2021, 10:00:08 AM »
-Free and reduced-price school lunch program (students who were enrolled in the 2019-2020 school year but are currently homeschooled are also eligible)
CEP students also qualify
CEP is when your household does not qualify for reduced price school meals, but since a certain % of the school does qualify, all children qualify.

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2021, 10:01:08 AM »
We received a one time snap card last year, I think because the school gave it to everyone, so this is
USDA Community Eligibility Provision qualification?

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2021, 10:02:54 AM »
CEP students also qualify
CEP is when your household does not qualify for reduced price school meals, but since a certain % of the school does qualify, all children qualify.

Didn't see your post, but I think you answered my question

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2021, 10:15:34 AM »
If you're eligible, think about your services and where it would make most sense to get it. In my case:
My Optimum bill: $48.49
My Verizon bill: $100+

Verizon is offering the EBB on mobile services as well (Unlimited plans only), as long as you use your device's internet at least once a month.

If applying at Optimum my bill would be $0, I'd lose out on $1.50 ( >:(), and I'd have no path to the $100 device benefit, since optimum doesn't offer that.
With Verizon I can get the full $50/month benefit, plus get a $100 device discount.


https://www.verizon.com/home/promo/emergency-broadband-benefit/
https://www.optimum.com/emergency-broadband

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2021, 10:32:34 AM »
If you're eligible, think about your services and where it would make most sense to get it. In my case:
My Optimum bill: $48.49
My Verizon bill: $100+

Verizon is offering the EBB on mobile services as well (Unlimited plans only), as long as you use your device's internet at least once a month.

If applying at Optimum my bill would be $0, I'd lose out on $1.50 ( >:(), and I'd have no path to the $100 device benefit, since optimum doesn't offer that.
With Verizon I can get the full $50/month benefit, plus get a $100 device discount.


https://www.verizon.com/home/promo/emergency-broadband-benefit/
https://www.optimum.com/emergency-broadband
You have a backup internet for your house?
I wonder what people who type "u" instead of "you" do with all their free time.

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2021, 10:35:47 AM »
You have a backup internet for your house?
No. Verizon was referring to Verizon Wireless (which is EBB eligible)

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2021, 11:40:06 AM »
We received a one time snap card last year, I think because the school gave it to everyone, so this is
USDA Community Eligibility Provision qualification?
I think yes. This makes most of Lakewood eligible.
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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2021, 11:41:20 AM »
No. Verizon was referring to Verizon Wireless (which is EBB eligible)

Looks like T-mobile (and Metro by T-mobile) also participate.

I tried to apply and got "Sorry, an error occurred or this page isn't available.", looks like they're swamped with applicants.

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #13 on: May 12, 2021, 12:02:18 PM »
I think these are the Community Eligibilty frum schools in NJ


Eligibility for Community Eligibility Provision
33 schools adopting CEP
About the Database
State
   
School District (Local Educational Agency or LEA)
   
School
   
Identified Student Percentage (ISP)
   
Participation in CEP
   
Student Enrollment (Where Available)
New Jersey   BAIS REUVEN KAMENITZ   BAIS REUVEN KAMENITZ   61%   Yes   399
New Jersey   BAIS RIVKA ROCHEL   BAIS RIVKA ROCHEL   41%   Yes   1256
New Jersey   BAIS RIVKA ROCHEL   BAIS SHAINDEL   41%   Yes   856
New Jersey   BAIS RIVKA ROCHEL   MASORES BNOS YISROEL   41%   Yes   176
New Jersey   BAIS RIVKA ROCHEL   YESHIVA TORAS ARON   41%   Yes   939
New Jersey   BNOS MELECH OF LAKEWOOD   BNOS MELECH   69%   Yes   1385
New Jersey   CHEDER TORAS ZEV   CHEDER TORAS ZEV   59%   Yes   542
New Jersey   CHEDER TORAS ZEV   YESHIVA MESORAS HATORAH   59%   Yes   90
New Jersey   CONG NACHLAS YISROEL   MESIVTA NACHLAS YISROEL   ISP Unavailable   Yes   133
New Jersey   CONG NACHLAS YISROEL   YESHIVA MKOR CHAIM   58%   Yes   82
New Jersey   CONGREGATION DAMESEK ELIEZER   DAMESEK ELIEZER   58%   Yes   123
New Jersey   CONGREGATION MACHZIKEI HADAS   CONG. MACHZIKEI HADAS BOYS   42%   Yes   259
New Jersey   CONGREGATION MACHZIKEI HADAS   CONG. MACHZIKEI HADAS GIRLS   42%   Yes   353
New Jersey   CONGREGATION MEOROS NOSSON   CHEDER BNEI TORAH 1   69%   Yes   178
New Jersey   CONGREGATION MEOROS NOSSON   CHEDER BNEI TORAH 2   69%   Yes   214
New Jersey   CONGREGATION MEOROS NOSSON   MESIVTA OF LAKEWOOD   69%   Yes   301
New Jersey   CONGREGATION RACHMISTRIVKA   CHEDER EITZ CHAIM   51%   Yes   62
New Jersey   CONGREGATION RACHMISTRIVKA   TALMUD TORAH ZECHER YOCHANAN   51%   Yes   428
New Jersey   LAKEWOOD CHEDER SCHOOL   LAKEWOOD CHEDER-BAIS FAIGA   40%   Yes   1504
New Jersey   LAKEWOOD CHEDER SCHOOL   LAKEWOOD CHEDER-BAIS FAIGA GRATTER   40%   Yes   829
New Jersey   LAKEWOOD CHEDER SCHOOL   LAKEWOOD CHEDER-VASSAR AVE   44%   Yes   2258
New Jersey   NEFESH HACHAIM   NEFESH HACHAIM   44%   Yes   119
New Jersey   OHR AVRAHAM CHAIM INC   YESHIVA OHR AVRAHAM CHAIM   47%   Yes   146
New Jersey   RABBINICAL COLLEGE   CHEDER LUBAVITCH   48%   Yes   216
New Jersey   TALMUD TORAH OF LAKEWOOD   TALMUD TORAH OF LAKEWOOD   49%   Yes   157
New Jersey   TALMUD TORAH TOLDOS YAKOV YOSEF   TOLDOS YAKOV YOSEF   41%   Yes   217
New Jersey   TORAS IMECHA   ATERES NECHAMA   60%   Yes   167
New Jersey   YESHIVA CHAYEI OLAM   YESHIVA CHAYEI OLAM   40%   Yes   36
New Jersey   YESHIVA SHAAR HATALMUD   YESHIVA SHAAR HATALMUD INC   45%   Yes   143
New Jersey   YESHIVA TORAS MENACHEM   YESHIVA TORAS MENACHEM   45%   Yes   556
New Jersey   YESHIVA TORAS YISROEL   YESHIVA TORAS YISROEL   47%   Yes   91
New Jersey   YESHIVAS OHR HATORAH, INC   YESHIVAS OHR HATORAH, INC   64%   Yes   789
New Jersey   YESHIVAS OHR OLAM   YESHIVAS OHR OLAM   42%   Yes   99
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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2021, 12:06:01 PM »
Our school isnt on the list but we've been getting thr free lunches for over a yr. Is this referencing a different program?
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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #15 on: May 12, 2021, 12:21:28 PM »
Our school isnt on the list but we've been getting thr free lunches for over a yr. Is this referencing a different program?
If you got PEBT you're enrolled in the lunch program and therefore eligible.

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #16 on: May 12, 2021, 12:22:39 PM »
If you got PEBT you're enrolled in the lunch program and therefore eligible.
But I need documentation
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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #17 on: May 12, 2021, 12:41:41 PM »
Our school isnt on the list but we've been getting thr free lunches for over a yr. Is this referencing a different program?
They probably do their lunches through a different school.
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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #18 on: May 12, 2021, 01:08:44 PM »
What's provide is best to get in Brooklyn for home internet with this?

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #19 on: May 12, 2021, 01:28:07 PM »
What's provide is best to get in Brooklyn for home internet with this?
Fios is the best provider