State’s Digital Browser Network can help low-income households access broadband benefits and digital education – Lewis-Clark Valley Community

Governor Jay Inslee

OLYMPIA – The Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Broadband Benefits program is now open to help low-income households purchase internet services and devices during the pandemic. The Washington State Broadband Office’s digital navigators can help people in all 39 counties apply for the program.

Households can qualify in a number of ways, including if their income is at or below the federal poverty level of 200% ($55,500 for a family of four) or if they are already enrolled in a federal benefits program such as than Medicaid or Social Security.

Eligible households can get a rebate of up to $30 per month for internet service and a one-time rebate of $100 for paying for a laptop, desktop or tablet.

Digital browsers can also help people enroll in culturally and linguistically appropriate training to gain digital skills and knowledge or access other broadband services. The program is one of many ways the state promotes equitable access to Internet service in underserved rural or low-income communities and in marginalized communities.

Contact a digital navigation program in your area for more information.