Congresswoman Nikema Williams Highlights Launch of $3.2 Billion Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) highlighted the launch of the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program and urged eligible Fifth District constituents to enroll and receive a discount on their monthly internet bill.
“From virtual classrooms to telehealth visits, the pandemic has made access to reliable, high-speed internet an essential part of everyday life,” said Congresswoman Williams. “As the mom of a five-year-old in virtual kindergarten, I know that internet service is a necessity, not a luxury. Guaranteeing every family has the tools necessary to stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic starts with ensuring every family has access to affordable broadband internet. I encourage everyone to check their availability for this program. As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I will continue to advocate for expanded broadband access and improve affordability so that everyone, no matter their zip code, has reliable internet service.”
The EBB Program is a groundbreaking new program providing the most vulnerable Americans with assistance paying for internet service. The $3.2 billion program was created as part of the final omnibus appropriations bill in December. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the enrollment begins May 12. The EBB Program will provide struggling families a discount of $50, or $75 on tribal lands, off the monthly cost of home internet service. It may also provide an additional subsidy for a computer. Internet providers that participate in the program can apply to the FCC for reimbursement.
Households interested in learning whether they qualify should visit the FCC’s new enrollment website – https://getemergencybroadband.org/ – and then sign up for the program through their internet service provider.