The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a national FCC program to help households pay for internet service during the pandemic. The program will provide:
- Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals
- Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE EMERGENCY BROADBAND BENEFIT PROGRAM?
If you currently qualify for the Lifeline Program, you qualify for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. If not, household eligibility requirements are:
- 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
HOW DO YOU SIGN UP FOR THE EMERGENCY BROADBAND BENEFIT PROGRAM?
If you are currently on the Lifeline Program, GVT can enroll you in the EBB Program with your permission. If you are not on the Lifeline Program at GVT but meet the eligibility requirements, you can enroll here.
QUESTIONS? Please contact our customer service team at 800-448-8260
The Federal Lifeline program, Minnesota’s Telephone Assistance Program and GVT are working to make communication services more affordable for subscribers. We have programs and credits available for both your Telephone and Internet service.
Minnesota’s Telephone Assistance Plan (TAP) and the Federal Lifeline program work together to make telephone service affordable to low-income subscribers. TAP offers a $10.00 per month discount on home landline telephone service.
The Federal Lifeline program offers a $5.25 per month discount on home landline or cell phone voice-only service OR a $9.25 discount on Internet service.
If you live on Tribal lands, you may qualify for additional discounts. Tribal Lands Link Up offers a one-time credit of up to $100 on installation or activation charges. Tribal Lands Lifeline offers a monthly credit of up to $34.25 on your landline or wireless telephone service plan.
GVT Internet Assistance offers:
- Subscribers with Voice and Internet Services – $24.70 monthly credit
- Subscribers with Internet Service Only – $34.70 monthly credit
These credits are in addition to the Federal Lifeline credit of $9.25, effectively lowering the cost of Internet service to as low as $5.00 per month.
How do I find out if I’m eligible?
You may be eligible for assistance in paying your GVT bill if your income is at or below federal guidelines or if you receive benefits from certain assistance programs.
The telephone or broadband service must be in your name. You must show proof that you or a member of your household participates in at least one of the following programs or is income eligible:
- Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
- Medicaid/Medical Assistance (MA)
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Veterans Pension or Survivors Pension Benefit Programs
- Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
- Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
- Tribally-administered Head Start (for those meeting income-qualifying standards)
- Tribally-administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TTANF)
If you do not participate in any of the programs listed above, you may qualify if your income is at or below 135% of the 2021 Federal Poverty Income Guidelines:
(The federal poverty guidelines are updated at the end of January.)
|For each additional person, add||$6,129|
For more information or to request an application you can go to checklifeline.org or call 800-234-9473. Once you receive confirmation that you qualify call Garden Valley Technologies at 800-448-8260 to be enrolled and begin receiving the monthly discount.
The Telephone Equipment Distribution (TED) Program provides telephone equipment to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, speech impaired or have a physical disability and need adaptive equipment in order to use the phone. The equipment is loaned out at no cost as a long-term loan. Available equipment includes captioned phones, light flashing ring signalers, TTYs, amplified telephones, loud ringers, hands-free speakerphones and more. Minnesotans eligible for the Telephone Equipment Distribution (TED) Program can get a variety of equipment at no charge through statewide regional offices. The office serving our area is in Moorhead, Minnesota.
For more information or to request an application, go to: mn.gov/dhs/ted-program
or call: 800-657-3663 ASL via VP: 866-635-0082 or call Garden Valley Technologies at 800-448-8260.
Toll Limitation Service
Toll Limitation Service support allows eligible consumers who wish to avoid incurring large long distance fees to choose toll blocking at no cost.