GCI wants everyone to be connected and having access to reliable internet has never been more important. The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program offers temporary free entry level internet to qualifying households by providing a $75 monthly credit. This new program means once qualified you can get GCI’s entry level internet plan for FREE.
How it works:
Already a GCI customer?
- Check eligibility and get qualified
- Choose the GCI internet plan that's right for you
- Get a $75 credit every month = GCI’s entry level internet plan for free
This credit is available for both current and new internet customers, once qualified. Check your eligibility now →
We believe that every Alaskan deserves fast, reliable internet to access essential needs like education, healthcare, and work — especially during a pandemic. That’s why we have the EBB Program.
What is EBB?
Emergency Broadband Benefit is a new and temporary federal program enacted to help Americans afford internet service during the pandemic. Under this program, low-income households or those who experienced a substantial loss of income may receive a discount on the cost of internet service and certain connected devices. Qualifying Alaskan households may receive a temporary $75 per month discount off an internet plan — making GCI's entry level internet plan FREE or substantially reducing the cost of our upgraded plans. Eligible households may also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute $10–$50 toward the purchase price. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.
When will EBB be available?
GCI will offer the new Emergency Broadband Benefit beginning in mid-to-late May 2021.
Who is eligible?
A household is eligible if one member of the household meets at least one of these criteria:
- Qualifies for the Lifeline program;
- Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, or did so in the 2019-2020 school year;
- Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
- Experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
- Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating providers' existing low-income or COVID-19 program.