Help with Internet Costs Available; Toolkit Helps Spread the Word

CAST | May 19, 2021 | by Donna Childress

A new toolkit enables organizations to easily spread the word about the new Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.

Assistance paying for internet is now available, and a new toolkit can help you to spread the word to the people you serve.
 
People who have difficulty paying for internet during the pandemic can now apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBBP), which provides $50-$75 per month for internet costs.
 
The Federal Communications Commission is offering this temporary program, which also provides up to $100 for a one-time discount to buy a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. The consumer must pay $10 to $50 toward the cost of the device.
 
Households that have at least one member who is eligible for Lifeline, a federal program that offers phone and internet discounts, qualify for the EBBP. See recent Tech Time articles to learn about additional ways households can be eligible for EBBP and how to help older adults apply for Lifeline.

Toolkit

To help older adults learn about this important benefit, please use the Emergency Broadband Benefit Outreach Toolkit.
 
The toolkit includes a fact sheet, flyers and handouts, a brief newsletter article, social media posts, a press release, an infographic, and more. Most materials are available in English and Spanish. Some are available in Arabic, Amharic, Burmese, Chinese (Traditional), French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
 
If you would like to use your organization's branding, you may co-brand these templates.
 
Broadband access can connect older adults to friends and family, preventing social isolation, as well as to important telehealth appointments.

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