MAYVILLE – Leaders in Chautauqua County are raising awareness about new funding to help those struggling to pay their broadband internet bills.
In total, $3.2 billion is available as part of the Emergency Broadband Benefit program, and is not just for those in Chautauqua County, but nationwide as well.
Executive PJ Wendel recently met with municipal leaders to discuss this discount. Specifically, he says residents can apply for up to $50 off their monthly internet bills.
“Whether it is used by a student to enter a virtual classroom, an employee to complete work, or someone staying in touch with their friends or loved ones, the internet plays a crucial role in our education and economy,” explained Wendel. “That is why I have made expanding broadband services a priority during my administration. It is important that residents are aware of this Emergency Broadband Benefit which will bring affordable broadband to Chautauqua County and assist them in paying for broadband services.”
As for who is eligible, Wendel says criteria is broad with those who receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program, assistance programs such as SNAP or Medicaid, are among those automatically fitting the criteria.
Additionally, anyone who experienced a substantial loss of income through job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 can apply online at fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit.