A new Federal Communications Commission program is offering consumers discounts on broadband connection and computers.      

The FCC's Emergency Broadband Benefit program is designed to help those who may be struggling to afford internet service during the pandemic.

According to a news release, eligible households can get a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service. Households on tribal lands could receive up to $75 off per month.

The program also offers a one-time discount of up to $100 toward the purchase of a computer or tablet. 

Eligibility criteria for benefits include income, current enrollment in other assistance programs, or loss of income due to job loss or furlough.

Households can either apply online, where they can see a list of participating providers in North Carolina, or by calling for a mail-in application.  

For the most up-to-date information on coronavirus in North Carolina, visit our Live Updates blog here. WFDD wants to hear your stories — connect with us and let us know what you're experiencing.

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