Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW) is excited to let you know that there’s a new federal program called the Emergency Broadband Benefit to help Americans who are struggling to pay for internet service during COVID-19.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides discounted monthly internet service for qualifying households
The benefit includes:
Frequently Asked Questions
*Click to see answersAm I eligible?
You are eligible if one member of your household meets any of the criteria below:
- Have an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
- Participate in certain government assistance programs, such as Basic Food (SNAP), Apple Health (Medicaid), or Lifeline
- Receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch or breakfast program
- Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year
- Experienced loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020
- Meet the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program
There are three ways you can apply:
- Reach out to your current service provider and ask if they participate in the Emergency Broadband Benefit program. They will provide details on services they may have available as part of the program and options to apply discounts to your existing service (if applicable).
- If you don’t have a current service provider, or if they don’t participate in the program, you can apply online on the FCC website.
- You can also apply by mail. Print an application in English or Spanish (instructions also available in 9 additional languages). Complete the application and send with proof of eligibility to:
Emergency Broadband Support Center
P.O. Box 7081
London, KY 40742
The benefit will end when the fund runs out of money, or six months after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner. Due to the temporary nature of the benefit, we encourage you to apply as soon as you can.