Some Minnesotans qualify to get a $50 credit applied to their broadband internet bill as part of the December 2020 stimulus package. However, the eligibility requirements are pretty strict and are based on your household income and other factors.

Not everyone will be eligible for the credit.

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According to getemergencybroadband.org, your household qualifies for the Emergency Broadband Benefit if it has an income at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines or any member of the household:

  • Qualifies for Lifeline benefits through participation in SNAP, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, Federal Public Housing Assistance, or Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit;
  • Participates in one of several Tribal specific programs: Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal Head Start (only households meeting the relevant income qualifying standard), Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020 with a total household income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers;
  • Received a federal Pell Grant in the current award year;
  • Received approval for benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program, and that provider received FCC approval for its eligibility verification process.

You may also want to contact your individual broadband provider to see if they have their own low-income or COVID-19 relief program.

More information on the program can be found at getemergencybroadband.org.

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