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We’re only a few days away from the New Year, but there is one more stimulus check you can still get, and that is the coronavirus relaunch check for the internet. The official name of this stimulus check is the Emergency Broadband Benefit program, and December 31st is the last date to apply for this program.
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Coronavirus Stimulation Check For The Internet: What Is It?
The broadband emergency benefits program is part of the COVID-19 stimulus package, which was approved in December of last year. The main objective of the program is to prevent families from losing access to an essential resource during the pandemic.
Under the program, eligible recipients get up to $ 50 per month in rebates on broadband service and related equipment rental. In addition, the program offers a rebate of up to $ 75 per month on broadband service for households in qualifying tribal lands, as well as a one-time rebate of up to $ 100 on a laptop, tablet. or a desktop computer.
One point to note is that the benefit under the program is limited to a monthly discount on broadband service, as well as a discount on the purchase of equipment per family.
However, you must hurry to take advantage of these benefits as the deadline to apply for the program is Friday December 31st. If you register for the program by December 31st, you will be able to enjoy the above benefits until March. 1, 2022.
A new program, called the Affordable Connectivity Program, will replace the Emergency Broadband Benefit program once it ends. The new agenda is part of the bipartisan $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, which President Biden approved last month. Few details are known about the new program, but it is expected to reduce the maximum internet discount for most families.
Emergency Broadband Benefit Program: How to Apply
Regarding the eligibility criteria for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, a household is eligible for the program if one of the family members meets one of the conditions below:
- Income must be equal to or less than 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or he or she must participate in certain assistance programs, such as Lifeline, SNAP, or Medicaid.
- They must be approved to benefit from the free and reduced school canteen program or the school breakfast program.
- He or she must have obtained a Federal Pell Grant in the current year.
- Any member of the household must have suffered a significant loss of income due to job loss or leave since February 29, 2020. In addition, the total household income in 2020 must be equal to or less than 99,000 $ for single tax filers ($ 198,000 for spousal filers).
- He or she must meet the eligibility criteria for the current low income or coronavirus program from a participating provider.
To apply for the program or get an application by mail, you must go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org. Next, you need to contact a participating provider and select an eligible plan. After that, you will be able to apply a discount to your invoice.
Some service providers may ask you to complete another application to claim the benefits of the program.
Updated December 29, 2021 at 9:52 a.m.
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