Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Guthrie Center Communications is excited to participate in the Emergency Broadband Benefit program to help keep you connected and provide COVID relief. Eligible households will receive a monthly credit of up to $50 off their Internet bill. Before you apply, it is important to understand that the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program will end when the federal fund runs out of money or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a federal program that is designed to assist qualified households with lowering the monthly cost of Internet service.  The criteria for the program include the following:

  • Qualify for the Lifeline Program, including those who are on Medicaid or SNAP benefits.
  • Receive benefits under the free and reduced-price lunch program
  • Experienced a significant loss of income since February 29, 2020 and the household income had a total income in 2020 below $99,0000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers.
  • Received a federal Pell Grant in the current award year.

So how do you start the process?

Step 1. Apply online. Complete the National Verifier Application. Clicking on the link will take you away from the Guthrie Center Communications website. Read through the details of the program and click on the “Apply Now” button midway down the page to begin the application.

Step 2. Once you complete the National Verifier Application, you will receive an Application ID and an approval status.

Step 3. Once you have received these items and are approved from the program, contact our office at (641) 332-2000.

Do you have additional questions? Visit the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Support Center at https://getemergencybroadband.org/help/.