The City of Antioch is spreading the word about an important update to the Emergency Broadband Benefit
(EBB), the FCC program that provides discounts for broadband service and devices for eligible households
during the pandemic.
In January 2022, the Contra Costa Employment and Human Services Department (EHSD) will transition
into the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), a new long-term program providing assistance for low-income consumers to afford high-speed internet access.
To receive the maximum EBB benefit of $50 per month for two additional months during ACP
implementation, households should enroll in EBB by December 31st, 2021, if they meet one of these
- Have an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or participate in certain
assistance programs, such as CalFresh, Medi-Cal, or Lifeline;
- Received benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast
program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-20, 2020-21, or 2021-22 school years;
- Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
- Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020, and the
household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers;
- Meet the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.
Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop
computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward
the purchase price.
Information to enroll or find participating EBB providers, as well as other affordable internet and computer
offers for eligible County residents is available at Get Connected Contra Costa at ehsd.org or