U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:
WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is encouraging eligible New Mexicans and Tribal residents to apply for consumer discounts through the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for families and students in New Mexico,” Heinrich said. “We must ensure all New Mexicans have access to broadband services and this FCC program is a great way to help eligible applicants pay for the services they need. I will continue fighting to ensure every family and child in New Mexico, no matter where they live or go to school, has the digital capabilities and resources they need to succeed in the 21st century.”
The FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit Program will make available to consumers substantial discounts on broadband service and computers. This pandemic-related program will continue until the $3.2 billion in federal funding runs out or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the pandemic.
Eligible households will be able to receive on their broadband bill a discount of up to $50 per month, or $75 on qualifying Tribal lands. They will also be eligible for 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.
Households can qualify through their use of existing assistance programs like SNAP, Medicaid, Lifeline or if a child relies on reduced-price school meals programs. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is also available to households who are eligible for a broadband provider’s existing relief program, to those who have received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year, and to those low-income households who suffered a large loss in income during the pandemic due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020.
Sen. Heinrich also supports language in the American Jobs Plan that bridges the digital divide for New Mexicans living in rural and Tribal communities by investing in universal broadband internet infrastructure. Sen. Heinrich has been a leader on Tribal broadband opportunities with his Tribal Connect Act, legislation to improve broadband connectivity in Indian Country.
For a list of New Mexico broadband providers that are taking part in the program, click here. The benefit is available to eligible new, prior, and existing customers of participating providers. Find out more about the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program by clicking here.