UPDATE: FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Program NOW LIVE

We at the ACEDC are excited about this new program from the FCC which will help to provide essential broadband services to thousands of  Americans and especially Athens County citizens. The program launched on May 12, 2021 so they are now accepting applications, for assistance with the application process, visit your local Athens Public Library!

Another useful tool for determining which internet provider to use based on your state can be found at: https://www.fcc.gov/emergency-broadband-benefit-providers#Ohio

For testing internet speeds in your home: https://connectingappalachia.org/advocacy/speedtest/

To make sure you have a voice in the fight for broadband in Athens County: https://connectingappalachia.org/advocacy/survey/


Start date for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Federal Communications Commission just announced today that the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program will launch on May 12, 2021.

Eligible households will be able to enroll in the program to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband services and equipment from an approved provider. Connected Nation has set up a webpage with details on eligibility.



The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.


The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household. For more information, visit the FCC’s website! https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit