Millions of families are now entitled to free high-speed internet service

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“It’s hard to live on a fixed amount with everything going up, it’s ridiculous and the bills keep going up,” she told News10NBC.

During the pandemic, Osceloa qualified for the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) that the federal government provided, which offered $50 per month to cover the cost of high-speed internet.

“It was wonderful and then it stopped,” Osceloa said.

The EBB was a temporary program and when Osceloa called Spectrum to see what his options were.

“If I go to their cable and this and that, I can get this and that but for more money of course and I’m like, ah, I don’t think I can afford it on my budget,” he said. she stated.

That’s why she was happy to hear about a new, permanent option called the Affordable Connectivity Program.

“The need for high speed internet is probably the same as it used to be when my grandfather was talking about the need for a phone, it’s pretty big and will only grow, that need. High-speed internet is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity,” President Joe Biden said at a press conference.

The Affordable Connectivity Program offers $30 per month to cover the cost of a high-speed Internet plan. You likely qualify if your household currently receives government benefits such as SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, or WIC. Or, if your income is less than 200% of the federal poverty level which, for a family of four, is less than $55,000/year.

Most ISPs will accept government payment on your bill, but locally Spectrum and Frontier have agreed to offer a 100MB package for $30 per month to those who qualify, meaning it there would be no disbursements.

“In all my life I never really watched the programs because I was fine, but now that I’m older and need a little help, I don’t mind if I can tap into something like that,” Osceloa said.

Click here to see if you qualify. You’ll first need to answer a few questions and get approval from the federal government, then you’ll present this to your internet service provider of choice:

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