NACo is teaming up with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to help spread awareness of the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program. EBB is a temporary program that provides eligible households a benefit of up to $50 off their monthly internet bill during the pandemic. Some EBB providers are also offering an additional benefit of up to $100 that can be used to purchase a connected device. A connected device can be a laptop, desktop computer or tablet. Households interested in the EBB program can apply online at www.GetEmergencyBroadband.org.
Teachers and education staff are accessible and trusted sources for dispersing student related resources in our communities, and our partners at the FCC request that county leaders consider sharing information about EBB with schools to distribute at events.
The FCC has also offered to make subject-matter experts available to speak virtually at school events such as:
- County-wide conference calls to parents
- Parent-teacher events
- Back-to-school nights
- Career day events
- PTSA meetings
To request an FCC speaker, please send an email to EBBSpeakers@fcc.gov.
Download EBB materials here. The FCC has also offered to print and mail copies of available materials to your location at no cost to share with your audience. To request printed materials, please send an email to BroadbandBenefit@fcc.gov.
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