Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, How You Can Help

Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 2:00pm
Time Zone: 
EST
Virtual Event

Let’s get more communities and families digitally connected. Come learn more about the Emergency Broadband Benefit program, a temporary federal program through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) geared toward connecting more households to the internet at a time when we rely on digital connectivity more than ever before.

Reliable and affordable access to the internet is essential for everything from ensuring homebound people have access to critical services, to scheduling health care appointments, to ensuring students have the necessary tools for remote learning. Unfortunately, people in the United States pay some of the highest prices in the world to access the internet. Lack of internet access has long been a problem across the country, and COVID-19 has made access to the internet even more unaffordable. Moreover, this pandemic has shown us that broadband has become an essential resource in our daily lives, just as electricity transformed life in the 20th century.

That’s why stakeholders pushed Congress to implement this new Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB), to help make sure more people can afford to stay connected to the internet during the pandemic. This federal program, beginning May 12, 2021, will allow for eligible households to apply for this short-term program, which will provide up to $50 monthly toward the cost of broadband service.

Join a webinar to learn more about this program and how we can get our communities connected.

Speakers

  • Cheryl Leanza, Policy Advisor, United Church of Christ OC Inc.
  • Kate Ruane, ACLU Senior Legislative Counsel
  • Brandon Forester, MediaJustice National Organizer, Internet Rights and Platform Accountability
  • Daiquiri Ryan, Co-founder, Neta Collab

Anita Banerji, Moderator, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Consultant

Please contact [email protected] for questions or to request accommodations