Emergency Broadband Benefit

Emergency Broadband Benefit

Helping Households Connect During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Application opens May 12


ASTAC is an approved participant in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB). The EBB Program is an Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households.

If you reside in ASTAC’s serving area, your household is on Tribal lands and you could be eligible to receive:

  • Up to a $75/month discount on your Internet service
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a tablet

The benefit is limited to one monthly service discount per household.


A household is eligible if one member of the household meets a least one of the criteria below:

  • Qualifies for the Lifeline program
  • Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, or did so in the 2019-2020 school year
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program


Enrollment for the EBB Program will begin May 12, 2021.

Next steps:

  • Enroll online with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) at www.getbroadband.org, or you may download a paper application at the www.getemergencybroadband.org site, fill out the application and mail it, along with supporting documentation to USAC.



The EBB Program is a temporary emergency federal government benefit program operated by the FCC and it will end when the funds run out of money, or six months after the Department of Health & Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner. Upon its conclusion, customers will be subject to ASTAC’s regular rates, terms and conditions.

Additional information on the EBB Program can be found at www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit.

*Important note: when the application materials are available, be sure to check the box for Tribal Lands in order to receive the maximum benefit for Alaska Internet customers.