This week, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., urged residents of his North Florida district to sign up for the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program, insisting it will help them “receive a discount on their monthly internet bill.”
With open enrollment for the program starting on Wednesday, the congressman’s office stressed how it could benefit eligible families.
“The $3.2 billion program was created as part of the final omnibus appropriations bill in December. The EBB Program will provide struggling families a discount of $50 off the monthly cost of home internet service. It may also provide an additional subsidy for a computer,” Lawson’s office noted.
“From virtual classrooms to telehealth visits, the pandemic has made access to reliable, high-speed internet more important than ever,” Lawson said on Wednesday. “That’s why I supported the enactment of the Emergency Broadband Benefit last year. The internet is a necessity, not a luxury, and ensuring that every family has the ability to stay connected begins with ensuring every family can afford it. I will continue to work to expand internet access and improve affordability so that every household has reliable service.”
Lawson said residents could go to a site run by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to see if they were eligible.
First elected to Congress in 2016 after decades in the state Legislature, including leading Democrats in the Florida Senate, Lawson represents parts of North Florida with his district stretching from Jacksonville to Gadsden County.
While he will be impacted by redistricting before 2022, Lawson currently represents a district that is secure for the Democrats. He easily defeated Republican Gary Adler in November, taking 65 percent of the vote.
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