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Emergency Broadband Benefits Program


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What is the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that partners with wireless carriers, like Boost Mobile, to provide a temporary discount on a monthly mobile hotspot hotspot plan or a smartphone plan for qualifying low-income households. Eligible households can receive:

  • Qualified households on Tribal Lands are eligible for a free Boost Mobile 35 GB smartphone plan valued at $60 or a free mobile hotspot plan valued at $50, limited to one per qualifying household.
  • A one-time discount on a supporting mobile hotspot device, if applying for the monthly mobile hotspot plan discount

Only one monthly mobile hotspot plan or smartphone plan discount and one mobile hotspot device discount (if applying for the monthly mobile hotspot plan discount) is allowed per household.

The program will end when government funding for the EBB Program ends, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner.

  • [Once the EBB Program ends, customers will be subject to Boost’s regular rates, terms and conditions.]
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Who Is Eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?

A household is eligible if the household income is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or at least one member of the household:

  • Participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;
  • Was approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
  • 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; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

EBB Program applicants will need to go through an eligibility check before activating.

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What are the plans and how can I see if I’m eligible?

Qualified households are eligible for a free Boost Mobile 35GB smartphone plan or mobile hotspot plan valued at $50, limited to one per qualifying household.

  • Qualified households on Tribal Lands are eligible for a free Boost Mobile 35 GB smartphone plan or mobile hotspot plan valued at $60, limited to one per qualifying household.

To check eligibility, please visit www.BoostMobile.com/EBBP:

  • New customers: Use the provided Promo Code when enrolling to select the $0 plan
  • Existing customers: Use the provided ePIN to cover plan change costs during enrollment
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Are device insurance, data packs, and other recurring services offered with an EBB Rate Plan?

Monthly recurring extras cannot be added on to EBB Rate Plans.

  • Examples of what CANNOT be added: Boost!Up, Boost Shield, Ongoing Data Packs, K Health, HD Buy Up, Privacy Premium, Premium Visual Voicemail and other monthly recurring extras.

One-time extras may be added on to EBB Rate Plans (based on device). One-time extras are not included in the EBB Rate Plan and will be billed separately.

  • Examples of what CAN be added: One-time services, including Data Packs, International Minute Packs, and other one-time extras.