Congressman Tim Ryan Encourages Ohioans to Apply for Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
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: https://getemergencybroadband.org/do-i-qualify/. 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.