COMING SOON: Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
Get Alaska's favorite internet for FREE

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:

  • 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
Already a GCI customer? 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.

Step 1

Get pre-qualified

Before you contact GCI and can receive benefits, you must pre-qualify through the temporary federal Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. Get started with the qualification process today.
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Step 2

Sign up

Once you’ve pre-qualified with the national verifier, you can sign up to receive benefits. A GCI representative will help you get set up with your account.

Please check back once the program launches to sign up.

The Emergency Broadband Protection Program (EBBP) is a program to reduce internet bills for a limited duration—when the program concludes, program participants will be subject to GCI’s normal charges and fees in the event they continue to subscribe to GCI services. Qualifying customers are entitled to free entry level internet, or a monthly credit of up to $75, which can be applied to charges for the base plan fees for any GCI residential internet service plan. If the base plan fees are less than $75, customer will receive a credit in the amount of the base plan fees only. If the base plan fees are more than $75, customer will be responsible for paying any charges/fees in excess of $75. Credit does not apply to usage charges, equipment rental or purchase charges, or any other charges. Customers must independently apply and qualify for EBB Service through the FCC before receiving EBBP credits from GCI. Additional charges and fees may apply in some locations.