October 1, 2016 0 Categories Broadband, News

You Could be Eligible for Discounts on Your Local Phone and Broadband Services

Michigan Broadband Services encourages eligible low-income residential customers to take advantage of available discounts on their services through the federal Lifeline Program and the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.

Lifeline Program

The Lifeline Program provides discounts for voice-only services, bundles of voice and broadband services or broadband-only services if they are eligible and subscribe to qualified service plans.

Customers residing in Michigan who participate in one of the programs listed below will receive a discount ranging from $8.25 to $11.25 per month (up to $12.35 for customers age 65 or older) on voice or bundles of voice and broadband services. The discount amount depends on the service a customer subscribes to and the type of company providing those services.

Customers who live on federally-recognized Tribal lands may be eligible to receive up to $34.25 in total per month discounts and up to $100 off the cost of initiating service. More details are available here.

  • Medicaid
  • Federal Public Housing Asssitance
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit Programs
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance (Tribal Residents only)
  • Head Start (Tribal residents only)
  • Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal residents only)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (Tribal residents only)
  • Household income below 135% of Federal Poverty Guidelines

The Lifeline Program is a government assistance program. The service is non-transferable, only eligible consumers may enroll in the program, and the program is limited to one discount per household. Please review the application carefully to ensure compliance with the federal regulations. For more information, please click here.

Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help households struggling to pay for internet service during the pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, and virtual classrooms.

About the Emergency Broadband Benefit

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.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

Who Is Eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?

  • A household is eligible if one member of the household qualifies for the Lifeline program;
  • Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, or did so in the 2019-2020 school year;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating providers’ existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

When Can I Sign Up for the Benefit?

Customers must first apply and be approved for the EBB by the federal government. They can get approved online in just a few minutes, although it could take up to a few days if the application requires a manual review.

Customers who have been approved will then be able to order eligible new MICHBBS internet service, or have the benefit applied to their existing service, if on an eligible plan. To apply online, click on the link below.

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