The FCC just approved the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, which provides a $50 monthly credit on internet bills for low-income families who qualify. I got excited about this, so I went looking for more information. There was plenty of press about the program, but how do you sign up? The answer: you don’t.

First, you need to qualify as an eligible low-income family (income loss due to the pandemic may qualify you), then you just have to keep checking at for more information. From the FCC: “The program has been authorized by the FCC, but the start date has not yet been established. The FCC is working to make the benefit available as quickly as possible.”

We need to prioritize closing the digital divide, but looking at the details, I’m not sure this program even makes a dent.

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About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, co-founder of Metacademy, and the CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC and writes a popular daily business blog. He’s the Co-Host of the award-winning podcast Techstream with Shelly Palmer & Seth Everett and his latest book, Blockchain - Cryptocurrency, NFTs & Smart Contracts: An executive guide to the world of decentralized finance, is an Amazon #1 Bestseller. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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