The FCC has confirmed and released the rules on the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program. The EBB program will provide eligible households with subsidies up to $50 a month for internet service ($75 a month for tribal households) and up to $100 for devices.
To better aid our community, NDIA will be creating a summary of those rules. The $3.2 billion provision of the Consolidated Appropriations Act promises to provide subsidies to households across the country as access to the internet has become more significant than ever. NDIA submitted to the FCC comments and reply comments regarding the EBB rules to ensure the expertise and experience of our Affiliates was considered.
NDIA’s Executive Director, Angela Siefer states:
“The Emergency Broadband Benefit is the first significant acknowledgement by our federal government that affordability is a barrier to internet service in the home. This is an incredible first step. Next up – a permanent broadband benefit, support for digital literacy training, digital navigators and devices. Technology is woven into every aspect of our lives and our society. Digital access and use is a tool that, when used successfully by more of us, collectively strengthens our economy, health, education, social and civic participation.”