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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 #40 on: May 20, 2021, 01:26:14 AM »
rather than optimum, as the latter doesn't give an option of service without paying for equipment.
This definitely isn't true in Lakewood, I've never paid for router/modem on Optimum (always brought my own).

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #41 on: May 20, 2021, 01:28:05 AM »
This definitely isn't true in Lakewood, I've never paid for router/modem on Optimum (always brought my own).

But you needed a compatible modem?
I've been waiting over 5 years with bated breath for someone to say that!
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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #42 on: May 20, 2021, 01:34:58 AM »
But you needed a compatible modem?
Yes - I bought one on Amazon...

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #43 on: May 20, 2021, 01:42:07 AM »
Yes - I bought one on Amazon...

That is not needed with FIOS.
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$50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #44 on: May 20, 2021, 01:47:12 AM »
That is not needed with FIOS.
Yup - I was responding to your comment about Optimum.

ETA: Oh wait - I think I misunderstood you, do you mean as opposed to Optimum Fiber?

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #45 on: May 20, 2021, 06:32:07 AM »
Not the 1099-G.
Go to the page that has your claim start date and WBA. In NY it's the Payment History page.
What about NJ?
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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #46 on: May 20, 2021, 07:57:50 AM »
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.
I had no issues.

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #47 on: May 20, 2021, 11:01:35 AM »
This definitely isn't true in Lakewood, I've never paid for router/modem on Optimum (always brought my own).

Yes - I bought one on Amazon...

Did Amazon give it to you for free?

With FIOS I get an Ethernet port through which I can connect to the internet without requiring purchase or rental of any additional equipment.

Yup - I was responding to your comment about Optimum.

ETA: Oh wait - I think I misunderstood you, do you mean as opposed to Optimum Fiber?

I have no idea about Optimum Fiber.
I've been waiting over 5 years with bated breath for someone to say that!
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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #48 on: May 20, 2021, 11:12:56 AM »
Did Amazon give it to you for free?

With FIOS I get an Ethernet port through which I can connect to the internet without requiring purchase or rental of any additional equipment.

I have no idea about Optimum Fiber.
Well, apparently I completely misunderstood your post. Moving on... :)

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #49 on: May 23, 2021, 03:19:04 PM »

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 FFC also allows households with an FPL at or below 135% to qualify.
https://www.lifelinesupport.org/do-i-qualify/federal-poverty-guidelines/
I don't remember seeing this option on carrier applications.

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #50 on: May 23, 2021, 04:17:50 PM »
What's the difference between lifeline and ebb? LL is forever and ebb is temporary?

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #51 on: May 23, 2021, 05:08:46 PM »
What's the difference between lifeline and ebb? LL is forever and ebb is temporary?
Correct.

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #52 on: May 23, 2021, 05:23:56 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.
I got rejected because the address in my ID does not match my home address

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #53 on: May 23, 2021, 07:49:46 PM »
Correct.
Thanks, possible to have both at same time?
I thought I saw you can, but now I read online which looks like not..

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #54 on: May 23, 2021, 08:02:28 PM »
I got rejected because the address in my ID does not match my home address
me too. and in fact it does match?


Optimum?

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #55 on: May 23, 2021, 08:12:46 PM »
Thanks, possible to have both at same time?
I thought I saw you can, but now I read online which looks like not..
Yes, they do stack.

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #56 on: May 23, 2021, 08:13:07 PM »
me too. and in fact it does match?


Optimum?
Hearing this from a few that applied with Optimum.

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #57 on: May 23, 2021, 08:20:48 PM »
Hearing this from a few that applied with Optimum.
Anyone got already approved by optimum?

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #58 on: May 23, 2021, 08:22:47 PM »
I got rejected because the address in my ID does not match my home address
Same.
Recon was useless

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Re: $50 Off Internet (with eligibility regs)
« Reply #59 on: May 23, 2021, 08:25:20 PM »
Anyone got already approved by optimum?
I did.