LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Struggling residents in Los Angeles County can get a discount of up to $50 a month off their internet bills – but only if they apply by Dec. 30.
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An estimated 822,000 households in Los Angeles County may be eligible for the discount, particularly if one member is already receiving benefits from Cal-Fresh, Medi-Cal, SSI, Lifeline, or is a student with a Pell Grant.
The discount is made possible by the federal Emergency Broadband Benefit, which was put in place last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic to help households get online, save money, and access digital services for critical resources such as housing, food assistance, and telehealth.READ MORE: Injured Hiker Rescued From Temescal Gateway Park
The program has recently been made permanent, but county officials say households should apply before Dec. 30 to receive the maximum benefit. The benefit drops to $30 in January.
The program, which is focus of Los Angeles County’s “Delete the Divide” campaign, is a chance to make broadband internet accessible to everyone regardless of income, Supervisor Hilda Solis said.
“So many of our opportunities and resources are accessible online, and yet, so many of our residents and small businesses do not have access – especially those in Black and Latino communities,” she said in a statement.MORE NEWS: Body Found On 101 Freeway
To apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit, LA County residents can call (866) 696-8748 or apply online at internetforallnow.org.