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Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB)

Posted Date: 05/18/2021

Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB)

As you may have been seeing on the news and social media, the FCC has set aside money as a part of a stimulus bill for an Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB). Nortex has partnered with the FCC to offer EBB in helping keep our local area connected to the internet by providing a temporary discount on monthly bills for qualifying households. Eligible households can receive up to:

  • $50 off Nortex internet service and associated equipment rentals


A household qualifies for the EBB if it has an income at or below 135% of the federal poverty guideline or if ANY member of the household:

  • Qualifies for Lifeline benefits through participation in SNAP, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, Federal Public Housing Assistance, or Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit;
  • Received approval for benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020 with a total household income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
  • Received a federal Pell Grant in the current award year


On our website, you can find more information about the EBB Program, eligibility qualifications, and a link to the National Verifier application to enroll in the discount program:

The program will end when the fund runs out of money, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner.