About 1 in 5 households in Columbia County do not have internet subscriptions, Eppinger said, and many residents who have them struggle with internet connectivity issues anyway. Since the pandemic started last spring, Portage Community School District has purchased 160 “mobile hotspots” allowing students to connect a computer or tablet to their phone’s internet service.
The temporary benefit aims to lower the cost of broadband services for eligible households during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, our world has become even more digital. Living, working, and going to school from home, Americans rely on the internet to connect us to the outside world.
But, not everyone has the same online access. So, the FCC is stepping in to help.
Eligible Americans can now apply for an up to $50 monthly discount on internet services. Qualifying households on Tribal lands can receive up to $75 a month.
The program also provides
Millions of Americans can now apply for federal assistance to help pay their monthly internet bill as part of a $3.2 billion pandemic relief program, according to the Associated Press. The Emergency Broadband Benefit was part of the $900 billion pandemic relief package passed in December which included money for expansion of broadband service and assistance in keeping families connected to the internet.
Qualified applicants can receive up to $50 a month to help pay for their internet service and up to $75 a month if they live on Tribal lands. There is also a one-time credit of up to
“COVID-19 has taught us that the digital divide is far worse than we ever thought,” Eppinger said. “But I think we can overcome it by investing in our community.”
“We can’t fill out the application
I have introduced the BOOST Act in Congress to help meet the need for rural broadband access in the Fourth District and across the nation.
BOOST stands for Broadening Online Opportunities through Simple Technologies, and the bill aims to help families in rural areas who do not have access to a reliable internet connection to purchase devices that will help them receive an internet signal or boost the reliability of an existing connection.
I have had many discussions with residents and community leaders of the Fourth District regarding concerns about access to the internet in rural areas. Michigan