New federal broadband discount for students and families!

Help us spread the word – New federal broadband discount for students and families!

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Dear school or district leader:

I am writing to share information about a new, temporary federal program to help eligible families pay for internet service during the pandemic. If you have students whose families are struggling to afford their monthly internet service, the Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB Program) may be able to help. Visit for more information.

Who is eligible?

Households with a child who is approved to receive free or reduced price meals under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or the School Breakfast Program (SBP), including children who attend schools participating in U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), are eligible for the EBB Program. I encourage you to review the enclosed frequently asked questions (FAQs) and spread the word to your eligible families. 

How can you help spread the word?

As trusted community members, schools and districts are well-positioned to share information about this important program. In addition to conducting any EBB Program outreach to eligible families, schools and districts can take steps to help families navigate the sign-up process. Along with the FAQs, enclosed you will find strategies for school and district outreach. An outreach toolkit with adaptable, accessible outreach materials and the enclosed letter and FAQ document are also available on our website at

Thank you for helping us spread the word and keep students and families connected and learning.


Christopher Rush

Senior Advisor for Innovation & Educational Technology

Office of the Secretary

U.S. Department of Education