Wednesday, January 6, 2021

How Should FCC Distribute Emergency Broadband Money?

 By Leslie Stimson, Inside Towers Washington Bureau Chief The FCC seeks guidance on how to disperse more than $3 billion Congress approved to subsidize internet service for low-income households. The money was part of the latest stimulus package. Participating companies in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program will be reimbursed for providing discounted broadband service and connected devices to eligible households during the pandemic. 

To join the program, a provider must opt-in, and either be designated as an eligible telecommunications carrier or be approved by the FCC. Providers will give eligible households a monthly discount off the standard rate for internet service and associated equipment, up to $50 per month. On tribal lands, the monthly discount may be up to $75 per month. Continue Reading

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