Emergency Broadband Benefit

Over the past year of the pandemic, the need for universal broadband has never been more necessary for schools and families. In the words of Jessica Rosenworcel, Chairwomen of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), internet has become a need-to-have, "from work to healthcare to education, this crisis has made it clear that without an internet connection too many households are locked out of modern life. It’s more apparent than ever that broadband is no longer nice-to have. It’s need-to-have.”

 

As a school leader, you made heroic efforts to ensure that every child in your district had access to remote learning. The Connectivity Champions were right alongside you, assisting families as they searched for affordable and reliable internet service. Unfortunately, many of those families could not afford the level of service required for online, live, remote learning. Often, Connectivity Champions searched for funding to offset the burdensome costs of broadband internet service. Now, with the Emergency Broadband Benefit, help is on the way.

 

>span class="m_8973517660406306324csD7F2F585">Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying 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. Among other eligible statuses, all students who qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program as well as all students in a Community Eligibility Provision school are eligible for the benefit. Share this flyer, available in color and black and white, with your families.

 

Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail in application.  You can learn more about the benefit, including eligibility and enrollment information, by visiting www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit,  or by calling 833-511-0311.

 

Families seeking assistance can also contact the RemotEDx Connectivity Champions who will guide families through the application process. Connectivity Champions can be reached by phone at 844-512-6446, email at connectme@ohio-k12.help or through the web at https://www.ohio-k12.help/remo... .

 

The Management Council

 

This message is intended for Continental Local SD (049320)