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State broadband program can accept more households

HONOLULU With the help of a program established by the Federal Communications Commission, low-income families everywhere, including Hawai‘i, are able to access truly affordable internet service.

The Hawai‘i Broadband & Digital Equity Office is encouraging all qualified families and individuals to apply for the program, which provides monthly discounts of up to $50 towards broadband service, or up to $75 for households on state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands parcels.

Eligible households may also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer or tablet from participating Hawai‘i internet-service providers if they contribute a minimum of $10 towards the purchase price. To apply or for more information on the program, visit broadband.hawaii.gov/ebb.

Hawai‘i households are eligible to apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program if one member of the household:

• Qualifies for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, federal public housing assistance, Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit or Lifeline programs;

• Received benefits under the free and reduced-price school breakfast or lunch program;

• Filed for unemployment or PUA or experienced a loss of hours in the last year.

To see the full list of eligibility details, visit broadband.hawaii.gov/ebb.
Source: The Garden Island

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