To help low-income households across the country afford high-speed Internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Communications Commission created the temporary Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program.
What is the EBB Program?
EBB provides qualifying customers with funding to off-set the cost of high-speed Internet. The government allocated $3.2 billion for the program, which is available to customers and providers nationwide. When funding runs out (or six months after the government declares an end to the pandemic), the program will end.
TDS is participating in EBB in locations where it currently participates in the federal Lifeline program. Check to see if TDS is participating where you live
Why Choose TDS as Your Provider?
EBB program participants who choose TDS as their Internet provider will receive a $19.95/mo. credit for TDS Connect Internet service.
TDS Connect Internet service delivers a household the speed needed for online schooling or working from home:
- Up to 25Mbps speed*
- A free, Wi-Fi capable modem
- No data caps
The $19.95/mo. credit, which will be applied until the program ends, covers the monthly cost of internet service and a modem. Taxes and fees may apply, which the credit does not cover.
Faster Internet service may be available to your address but does not qualify for the Emergency Broadband Benefit credit.
Who Qualifies for EBB?
Current Lifeline program participants automatically qualify for EBB. No further application is necessary. To enroll, call TDS at 1-888-225-5837.
In addition, households that participate in the federal Free or Reduced Lunch program or have a Pell grant will typically qualify.
The EBB program is a temporary emergency federal government benefit program, operated by the FCC. Upon its conclusion, customers are subject to TDS rates, terms, and conditions. The EBB is non-transferable and limited to one discount per household.