ANN ARBOR – Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist provides details on a new state government program aimed at providing low-cost broadband connections to people in the cities and country that can not afford otherwise. The state wants to close the digital divide that often keeps both groups from participating in virtual schools and training, remote working and other obstacles that prevent them from landing high paying jobs.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB), a new program from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is making $3.2 billion available nationwide for eligible households to receive discounts of up to $50 per month on internet service, or up to $75 per month for qualifying households on Tribal lands. In addition, some internet service providers will also provide a one-time $100 discount toward the purchase of a computer, laptop or tablet. Listen to the FCC’s public webinar to hear information on the EBB. Emergency Broadband Benefit enrollment is now open.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more.