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.

For more information about EBB, visit or call TDS at 1-888-225-5837.

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.

Check the official EBB website for qualifications and to apply for benefits

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.

*High-Speed Internet: Availability varies and speeds shown may not be available at all service addresses. Certain speeds are only offered in areas served by TDS Fiber. Speed ranges shown are expressed as “up to” to represent network capabilities between customer location and the TDS network. Most customers can expect to receive a stable speed within the range of the product purchased as allowed by the quality and capability of the connection; however, actual speeds experienced by customers vary and are not guaranteed. Some customers may receive lower than the indicated speed range. Speeds vary due to various factors, including but not limited to: distance from switching locations, network equipment, delivery technology, and external/internal network conditions. Speed tests may produce inconsistent results due to various factors, including the speed test program or website used, the number of devices connected to the customer’s modem, and whether the speed test is conducted over Wi-Fi. Customers that are not receiving the indicated speeds may cancel their service or downgrade to a lower-speed service without any termination or switching charges. Otherwise, a $15 service charge will apply to existing customers who switch plans without increasing speed or adding qualifying service. Additional equipment may be required, and charges may apply. No Data Caps – not available in all areas. Delinquent accounts may lose service. Certain services not available in all areas.  Price may vary by serving area and is subject to change without notice. Services subject to TDS Terms of Service at, TDS Privacy Policy at, and TDS Acceptable Use Policy at TDS Telecom®, TDS TV®, and TDS® are registered trademarks of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. Copyright © 2021, TDS Telecommunications LLC, All Rights Reserved.