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U&ICare Fact: Emergency Broadband

The Covid-19 Pandemic showed the detrimental effects of inequitable access to internet can be for the wellbeing and education of Illinoisans. With so much of everyday life now being conducted through the internet, it is essential for everyone to have equitable access to the internet, regardless of their income level.  Illinoisans now have access to affordable internet through the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program. The program utilizes federal COVID-19 relief funding to provide eligible households discounts of up to $50 a month on home internet service, making the service more affordable and accessible for qualifying low-income families. The program also offers a $100 discount towards the purchase of a laptop, computer or tablet from a participating provider.