Emergency Broadband Benefit

Pineville Communication Systems has been approved by the FCC to offer Emergency Broadband Benefit, which is a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program. This program & the benefit it provides will be temporary and will help to lower the cost of broadband service for eligible households during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The discount of up to $50.00 per month on broadband service for eligible households is being provided by the Emergency Broadband Benefit program.

Household eligibility is based on one member of the household meeting at least one of the below criteria:

  • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing and Veterans Pension Benefits, or the FCC’s Lifeline program;
  • Approved to receive 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;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
    Experienced a substantial loss of income through job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers.

Emergency  Broadband Benefit enrollment began (opened) on May 12, 2021. Eligible households can enroll through a participating provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail-in application.  Additional information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit is available at https://getemergencybroadband.org/, or by calling 833-511-0311 between  9 am and 9 pm any day of the week.