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Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Blue Ridge Mountain EMC has been approved to participate in the Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program beginning May 12.

The EBB program will provide a discount of up to $50 per month for broadband services for eligible consumers. This program is temporary and will expire when the allocated funds are either exhausted or expire six months after the official end of the COVID-19 pandemic as declared by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Households eligible to receive this monthly discount must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Currently qualifies for the FCC’s Lifeline program, including those who are on Medicaid or that receive SNAP benefits
  • Currently approved for the free or reduced price school breakfast/lunch program for either the 2019-20 or 2020-21 school year
  • Experienced substantial documented loss of income since February 29, 2020 with a total household income in 2020 below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers
  • Received a federal Pell grant in the current award year

More information on household eligibility is available on the EBB Program website at https://www.usac.org/about/emergency-broadband-benefit-program/application-and-eligibility-resources/household-eligibility/ .

The EBB program is limited to one monthly service discount per eligible household.

BRMEMC’s broadband customers can complete an application found on the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) website. To submit the application online click this link: https://www.checklifeline.org/lifeline/?id=nv_flow&ebbp=true.

To print a PDF application and mail it click this link: https://getemergencybroadband.org/_res/documents/EBB_Application_Form_FINAL.pdf. Mailing instructions are on the PDF. 

BRMEMC does not determine eligibility; only USAC can determine eligibility. Please do not email or mail applications to the BRMEMC office. 

I've been approved. What's next?

Once you have been approved, you must complete BRMEMC's form here: https://www.brmemc.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Emergency-Broadband-Benefit-Program-Consent-Form.pdf  to let us know you've been approved. The information you provide will also assist BRMEMC with setting up your recurring monthly discount on your broadband bill.

The recurring monthly discount is up to $50. If you have the $42.95 package, then you will only get a $42.95 discount on your bill. If you have the $59.95 package, you will receive the full $50 discount, but you will be responsible for the remaining balance of $9.95 each month.

Please note this discount is applicable for broadband service and not electric.

Email broadband@brmemc.com for any questions.

 

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