June 08, 2021
Manchin: To Date Over 27,000 West Virginians Enrolled In Emergency Broadband Benefit Program That Offsets Costs, Applications Still Open
The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program application can be found here
Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced that since applications opened three weeks ago, 27,149 West Virginians have been enrolled in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. Eligible West Virginians can still apply to offset the cost of receiving broadband access at home during the COVID-19 pandemic and can receive $50 off their monthly internet bill and a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer or tablet from participating providers.
“Delivering affordable, reliable broadband access to every corner of West Virginia has long been a priority of mine and the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the urgency of closing the digital divide in our state. I am thrilled more than 27,000 West Virginians have been enrolled in the Emergency Broadband Benefit program so far. The application is still open, and nearly every West Virginia is eligible for this program to help make broadband more affordable,” said Senator Manchin. “I encourage every eligible West Virginian to apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program and to reach out to my office for any questions about the application process.”
The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program application can be found here.
Background on the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program as well as eligibility requirements and participating WV providers can be found here.
A timeline of Senator Manchin’s work to expand broadband access can be found here.
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