April 12, 2021

Older adults without reliable home internet and technology are often unable to participate in many of the online tools needed to access health and income supports, including telehealth services, portals for economic impact payment eligibility and benefits programs, and, most recently, COVID-19 vaccine appointment scheduling. Engaging with legal assistance providers and aging services advocates to assist with these issues is also difficult for those with limited connectivity options.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has authorized a new Emergency Broadband Benefit. This benefit will provide a discount of $50 per month for eligible low-income households or $75 per month for households on Tribal lands to cover internet bills, as well as provide discounts on some devices. This program can also be combined with Lifeline benefits. The FCC has developed a consumer FAQ, which provides information about eligibility and program details. Enrollment is expected to start by the end of April.  Read more here.

Source: Federal Communication Commission