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May 12, 2021

Rep. Trone Announces Launch of the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Hannah Muldavin, Hannah.Muldavin@mail.house.gov 

 

Rep. Trone Announces Launch of the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Trone Encourages Eligible Constituents to Enroll to Receive Discount on Monthly Internet Bill HERE 

Washington, DC – Today, Representative David Trone (MD-06) highlighted the launch of the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program and urged eligible constituents to enroll to receive a discount on their monthly internet bill.  

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a groundbreaking new program that will help economically vulnerable Americans afford their monthly internet bill. The $3.2 billion program was created as part of the final omnibus appropriations bill in December, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that open enrollment in the program has begun.  The EBB Program will provide struggling families a discount of $50, or $75 on tribal lands, off the monthly cost of home internet service. It may also provide an additional subsidy for a computer.  Internet providers who participate in the program can apply to the FCC for reimbursement. 

“The pandemic has highlighted how access to high-speed internet is a necessity — not a luxury — for American workers, students, and families,” said Rep. Trone. “I encourage anyone who may be struggling right now to see if they qualify for this new program, and then sign up by contacting their internet provider. Everyone regardless of socioeconomic status should have access to reliable internet, and I will continue to work towards improving broadband affordability in Congress.”

Households interested in learning whether they qualify are encouraged to visit the FCC’s new enrollment website – https://getemergencybroadband.org/ – and then sign up for the program through their internet service provider.

Congressman David Trone was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018 to serve the 6th District of Maryland, which includes all or part of Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties. Trone serves on the Appropriations, Veterans’ Affairs, and Joint Economic Committees in the 117th Congress and previously served on the Education and Labor and Foreign Affairs Committees. In Congress, Trone is fighting to make progress on issues that matter to Marylanders, including the mental health and addiction crises, criminal justice reform, and funding for medical research.

 

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