For Immediate ReleaseMay 20, 2021
San Rafael, CA – Families struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic have a new option for financial assistance. Through a temporary program started by the Federal Communications Commission, discounts are available of up to $50 toward monthly broadband service.
Households that qualify for the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. The EBB is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.
Eligible households must meet one of the following criteria.
Applicants must work with their internet providers to obtain the benefit or go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply. More information about eligibility and enrollment can also be obtained by calling 833-511-0311.
The County of Marin is part of a cross-sector effort to develop a countywide strategic plan to address local internet access and digital equity gaps. The project, called Digital Marin, is taking a lead role in encouraging government and other organizations to help build awareness of the EBB program in Marin’s various communities.
The lack of reliable internet connectivity causes lower-income households to struggle with remote learning, work-from-home opportunities, telehealth programs, and access to online services. In addition to efforts already underway in Marin, the Emergency Broadband Benefit is another way to tackle those issues.
Digital Marin is driven by an 11-member steering committee comprised of residents and leaders from government agencies, nonprofits, health care, education, and business sectors. The committee oversees an inclusive process for seeking input and feedback from the community.
The community is invited to learn more at www.godigitalmarin.org and follow on Twitter @GoDigitalMarin.
Liza MasseyChief Information OfficerInformation Services and Technology Department
1600 Los Gamos DriveSuite 370San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-7050Email: Liza MasseyIST webpage