(Juneau) Dodge County citizens are being notified that the enrollment for Emergency Broadband Benefit is now open. The FCC program was created to help families struggling to afford internet service during the pandemic. The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for homes on qualifying Tribal lands. FCC officials say eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. To be eligible for the program, an individual living in the household must meet one of several criteria including an income that is at or below 135-percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in several assistance programs. There are three ways to enroll: directly with a local participating provider, online with the Universal Service Administrative Company, or download a paper application. For more details about the Emergency Broadband Benefit visit www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit. To enroll: Directly with a local participating provider. The FCC maintains a list of participating providers, sorted by state and territory. Enroll online with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) at their website www.getemergencybroadband.org. Or download a paper application at the www.getemergencybroadband.org site, fill out the application, and mail it – along with supporting documentation – to USAC.
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