Maryland Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Maryland Emergency Broadband Benefit (“MEBB”) program provides a subsidy up to $15/month as a discount on internet service costs to low-income households. This subsidy is in addition to the $30 per month provided by the federal Affordable Connectivity Program (“ACP”), allowing eligible consumers to obtain a total benefit of up to $45 discount each month. It enables households to not need to choose between having broadband at home or purchasing other essentials.

Households must be enrolled in the ​Affordable Connectivity Program (“ACP”) administered by the Federal Communications Commission to receive this benefit. Eligible households enrolled with internet providers registered for the ACP and MEBB may reduce their monthly internet costs by up to $45.

Internet Service Providers accepting the ACP subsidy have partnered with Maryland to also accept the Emergency Broadband Benefit. View the list​ of internet service providers providing the $15 MEBB and $30 ACP. Consumers should speak directly with their internet service providers for participation.

The Affordable Connectivity Program provides:

  • A $30 per month benefit to help households afford access to high-speed internet service.
  • Up to a $75 per month discount if the household is on qualifying tribal lands.
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50).

You may qualify for the ACP and MEBB if you or your head of household are a person that:

  • Have income at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines.
  • Participates in certain assistance programs like SNAP, Federal Public Housing Assistance, Lifeline, Medicaid, SSI, WIC, etc.
  • Receives Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit.
  • Are approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program.

Visit the Universal Services Administrative Company’s resource page for a list of eligibility requirements to determine if you or someone you know may qualify.

How do I enroll in ACP?

Check your eligibility and enroll in the ACP at http://getinternet.gov​. There is no fee to apply.