If the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us anything, it’s that access to high-speed internet is not a luxury; it’s a necessity.
Unfortunately, the high-speed internet too many Virginians need is not available where they live, and this holds them back.
That’s why AARP fought for the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB), a temporary $3.2 billion Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program to help Americans access affordable, high-speed internet during the COVID-19 pandemic. The EBB program launched at the end of April and will end once the funds have been depleted.
What is the benefit?
Under this short-term program, Virginians may be eligible for a discount on their high-speed internet service of up to:
Who qualifies for the benefit?
Many Virginia residents may have experienced financial setbacks during the pandemic or are struggling to get by, which could qualify them for the program. The criteria set for the EBB include those who:
How to apply
Eligible households will enroll through participating broadband providers. AARP encourages Virginians who are without access to high-speed internet, or struggling to afford it, to look into the EBB program.
For more information about EBB, visit aarp.org/EBB, text INTERNET to 22777 or call 1-833-511-0311.
This story is provided by AARP Virginia. Visit the AARP Virginia page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.
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