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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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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #20 on: May 12, 2021, 01:29:44 PM »
They probably do their lunches through a different school.
In Queens BYQ does the lunches for a bunch of schools, but they're not listed themselves either.

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #21 on: May 12, 2021, 02:01:56 PM »
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.
both need to be applied for together?

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #22 on: May 12, 2021, 03:23:52 PM »
No. Verizon was referring to Verizon Wireless (which is EBB eligible)
Does Verizon supply a free phone or you need to bring your own?

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #23 on: May 12, 2021, 03:31:42 PM »
Also, what's the most efficient way to apply for both EBB & Lifeline?
Thanks.

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #24 on: May 12, 2021, 04:16:14 PM »
Anyway know what's an economical router compatible with FiOS?

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #25 on: May 12, 2021, 04:31:18 PM »
Anyway know what's an economical router compatible with FiOS?
I just ordered this https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B08H8ZLKKK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
per comments/reviews it seems to work.

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #26 on: May 12, 2021, 04:32:21 PM »
Anyway know what's an economical router compatible with FiOS?
All routers work with all internet providers. Do you mean modem?

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #27 on: May 12, 2021, 04:58:15 PM »
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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #28 on: May 12, 2021, 06:25:53 PM »
All routers work with all internet providers. Do you mean modem?
On Verizon FiOS signup they give you an option to buy or rent a router from them or buy one that's compatible with Verizon(they they aren't advising which ones are compatible)
Hence my question...

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #29 on: May 12, 2021, 06:26:23 PM »
I just ordered this https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B08H8ZLKKK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
per comments/reviews it seems to work.
Sounds good
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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #30 on: May 12, 2021, 09:57:07 PM »
You nust prove loss of income due to covid?
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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #31 on: May 12, 2021, 09:57:38 PM »
You nust prove loss of income due to covid?
Yes

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #32 on: May 12, 2021, 11:07:10 PM »
Applied today through Optimum/Altice.
Email says it takes 2-5 business days to process the request.

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #33 on: May 12, 2021, 11:09:59 PM »
You nust prove loss of income due to covid?
If you're going for the income reduction due to covid then an Unemployment statement is acceptable proof.

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #34 on: May 12, 2021, 11:58:29 PM »
Is there a link for the $100 off tablet ?

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #35 on: May 13, 2021, 12:09:47 AM »
If you're going for the income reduction due to covid then an Unemployment statement is acceptable proof.
What about a severance/termination letter?

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #36 on: May 19, 2021, 10:48:16 PM »
Word out there is that Optimum is rejecting applications for very flimsy reasons and call wait times to reconsider are well over 2 hours.
Not clear if they're deliberately making it difficult but it certainly seems like it.

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #37 on: May 19, 2021, 11:10:22 PM »
If you're going for the income reduction due to covid then an Unemployment statement is acceptable proof.
1099-G or something else?
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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #38 on: May 20, 2021, 12:40:44 AM »
1099-G or something else?
Not the 1099-G.
Go to the page that has your claim start date and WBA. In NY it's the Payment History page.

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #39 on: May 20, 2021, 01:15:55 AM »
On Verizon FiOS signup they give you an option to buy or rent a router from them or buy one that's compatible with Verizon(they they aren't advising which ones are compatible)
Hence my question...

I just got FIOS service with Optical Network Terminal (ONT) only. Hooked up my old router, works perfectly.

It was a reason to go with fios rather than optimum, as the latter doesn't give an option of service without paying for equipment.
I've been waiting over 5 years with bated breath for someone to say that!
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