News Release

For more information contact: Linda Berry, KCC Director of Public Affairs (785) 271-3269

April 2, 2021

FCC releases list of Emergency Broadband Benefit Providers

TOPEKA - Kansas consumers are one step closer to accessing the Federal Communication Commission’s $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit. An enrollment date has not been announced yet, but the benefit is expected to be offered by the end of the month. In preparation, 319 broadband providers nationwide have signed on to participate. Nineteen companies will offer service in Kansas.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute $10-$50 toward the purchase price. One monthly service discount and one device discount per eligible household is allowed.

To qualify, one member of the household must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Qualify for the Lifeline Program
  • Receive free or reduced price school lunch or breakfast benefits
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current year
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income since February 2020 and a total 2020 income below $99,000 for single filers or $198,000 for joint filers
  • Meet the criteria for a participating providers exiting low-income or COVID-19 program.

More information is available here.

The pandemic has magnified the need for increased broadband availability. The FCC wants to hear from consumers who have had difficulty accessing reliable broadband service. People who live in unserved or underserved areas are encouraged to share their experience with the FCC. The information gathered will help in the effort to close the digital divide. There is a link to share your experience on the Kansas Corporation Commission’s website.