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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

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
Source: The Garden Island

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