- Emergency broadband benefit information and Oklahoma eligibility map from Oklahoma State Cooperative Extension Services: CLICK HERE
- Federal Trade Commission emergency broadband benefit information page: CLICK HERE
- Oklahoma emergency broadband service providers: CLICK HERE
- Enroll online or download paper application: CLICK HERE
- Statistics on high-speed internet deployment in Oklahoma: CLICK HERE
- AARP's national emergency broadband benefit resource page: CLICK HERE
About the emergency broadband benefit program
If the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us anything, it’s that access to high-speed internet is not a luxury; it’s a necessity. Unfortunately, the high-speed internet too many Oklahomans need is not available where they live, and this holds them back.
That’s why AARP fought for the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB), a temporary $3.2 billion Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program to help Americans access affordable, high-speed internet during the COVID-19 pandemic. The EBB program will end once the funds have been depleted.
What is the benefit?
Under this short-term program, Oklahomans may be eligible for a discount on their high-speed internet service of up to:
- $75/month discount for high-speed internet services for households on tribal land (this encompasses most Oklahoma residences, and tribal affiliation is not required for eligibility - see eligibility map HERE.)
- $50/month discount for high-speed internet services for non-tribal Oklahoma residences.
- A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer or tablet purchased through a participating provider.
Who qualifies for the benefit?
Many Oklahoma residents may have experienced financial setbacks during the pandemic or are struggling to get by, which could qualify them for the program. The criteria set for the EBB include those who:
- Qualify for the Lifeline program, as well as those who participate in certain federal assistance programs, such as Medicaid, SNAP, and SSI benefits.
- Experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020, and the household had a total income in 2020 below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers.
- Meet the criteria for a participating internet provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.
How to apply
Eligible households will enroll through participating broadband providers. The FCC states three ways eligible households can enroll:
- Directly with a local participating provider: the FCC maintains a list of participating providers.
- Enroll online with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) at their website, getemergencybroadband.org.
- Download a paper application at the getemergencybroadband.org site, fill out the application, and mail it along with supporting documentation to USAC.
For more information about EBB, visit aarp.org/EBB, text INTERNET to 22777 or call 1-833-511-0311.