Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
U-46 families are urged to consider applying for the Emergency Broadcast Benefit Program, designed to help people stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. If your household is eligible, you can receive:
- Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals
- Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
- A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)
Find more details and an application link at getemergencybroadband.org.
Comcast's Internet Essentials
School District U-46 is offering Comcast's Internet Essentials service for free to qualifying families. The agreement between U-46 and Comcast, an extension of an arrangement that began in the spring of 2020, is designed to help students succeed.
Features of Internet Essentials include:
- No term contract
- No credit check
- 25 Mbps download / 3 Mbps upload speeds
- In-home Wifi
Families who may qualify were contacted by U-46 directly. Those who believe they might be eligible can get more information by clicking on Assistance with High-Speed Internet via the District’s Let’s Talk customer service tool.