When it comes to expenses it sometimes comes down to paying the rent/mortgage or the cell phone bill. For one in seven Oklahomans that live under the poverty level, the latter is more critical. Thus, individuals and families lose access to important calls and applications.
Fortunately, there’s a way for these people to receive steady service. It’s through the federal Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program.
What Is It?
EBB, also known as the lifeline phone program Oklahoma, provides broadband support services for certain devices. It was enacted by the U.S. government to help low-income households remain connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Established at the end of 2020, the EBB program has continued through 2021 and the Delta Variant.
What It Contains
Normally, the EBB offers free text and calls for a limited amount of time — around six months. Some versions also contain 100% unlimited internal data usage. Additionally, the EBB could cover data for hotspots. This allows the use of laptops and other portable devices when a Wifi connection isn’t available.
How To Qualify
The first thing to do is search for service providers offering the lifeline phone program Oklahoma. Many no-contract companies have paired with the government to distribute EBB benefits. However, it’s best to check ahead of time.
You have to meet certain eligibility requirements to qualify for the program. For instance, you experienced a significant reduction in income since the end of February 2020. You also qualify if your children are on a reduced or free lunch program or you receive benefits from SNAP.
If you qualify for the Lifeline program, then the benefits are applied one of two ways. If you already have established service it activates once the previous program ends. Conversely, should you not have any wireless, you immediately receive the EBB benefits.