Discounted Internet Program

Carlisle Area School District families may qualify for a discount on their internet service and computer purchases under the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program. 

Click here to apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit program.

The new federal program provides a discount of up to $50 per month for internet service and a one-time discount of $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer or tablet for eligible households.

The Federal Communications Commission established the temporary program to help families and households struggling to afford Internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

• Has an income at or below 135 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid or the FCC’s Lifeline program.
• Has been approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program.
• Received a federal Pell Grant during the current award year.
• Experienced a substantial loss of income through job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020, and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers.
• Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

Eligible households can enroll in the program through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail-in application. 

More information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit is available at  https://www.getemergencybroadband.org, or by calling 833-511-0311 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. any day of the week.

Longevity of EBB:  
This is a Temporary Program.  Before families apply, it is important to understand that the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program will end when the fund runs out of money or six months after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner. Participating households will need to opt-in to continue receiving broadband services from their provider after the program ends.  If a household chooses to continue receiving service after the end of the EBB, they will be billed the broadband provider’s general monthly rate.