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Congressman Tim Ryan Encourages Ohioans to Apply for Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

May 17, 2021
Press Release
Eligible Families Could Receive $50 Per Month for Internet Bill & up to $100 to Buy a Computer or Tablet

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today urged Ohioans to apply for the recently-launched Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program that will provide a $50 per month relief for broadband services and up to $100 for families to buy a tablet or computer. This program specifically targets the hard-working Americans who have been among the most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“From virtual classrooms to visits with our health providers, the pandemic has made access to reliable, high-speed internet more important than ever. That’s why I supported the enactment of the Emergency Broadband Benefit – because in this day and age, internet service is a necessity, not a luxury,” said Congressman Ryan. “Ensuring that every family has the ability to telework and stay connected begins with ensuring every family can afford it, so I encourage anyone who qualifies for this new program to sign up.”

Those who qualify include people who:

  • Have an income at or below 135% of the federal poverty guideline;
  • Qualify for benefits through SNAP, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, Federal Public Housing Assistance, or Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020 with a total household income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers;
  • Received a federal Pell Grant in the current award year; or
  • Received approval for benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program.

For a full list of qualifications, visit: Households interested in signing up should contact their internet service provider.

This $3.2 billion program was created as part of the final omnibus appropriations bill in December.