Do You Need Assistance Paying Your Utility and/or Internet Bill?
October 10th, 2021
There are currently multiple programs available for households who may need assistance. Each program has its own criteria and some households may qualify for one or multiple programs, significantly reducing the cost of your monthly bill.
Vermont Temporary Broadband Subsidy Program
The Temporary Broadband Subsidy is now open to Vermonters who qualify and may require assistance paying their monthly internet bill. This temporary relief program is managed by the State of Vermont and is open to award monthly “grants” or credits to your Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom bill to cover up to $40.00 per month on the Internet portion of your monthly bill. There is no guarantee that this program will continue after the December expiration date and the offer is only available while funds are available to cover these expenses
For more information, program eligibility and to access the online application for the Vermont Temporary Broadband Subsidy program, visit Vermont Temporary Broadband Subsidy Program.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program
The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program is a new FCC program to help households struggling to pay for internet service during the pandemic. This temporary benefit will help families with challenges such as working from home, distance learning, telehealth services, or simply connecting digitally with loved ones.The EBB will provide a discount of up to $50.00 per month towards broadband service for eligible households. The benefit is limited to one monthly service discount per household.
For more information, program eligibility and to access the online application for the Emergency Broadband Benefit program, visit www.wcvt.com/ebb.
You may also be eligible for discounted service through the Federal Lifeline Program. Lifeline is the FCC’s program to help make communications services more affordable for low-income consumers.
To participate in the Lifeline program, consumers must either have an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participate in certain federal assistance programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, Supplemental Security Income, the Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit, or certain Tribal Programs.
You can see if you are eligible by reviewing the information available at lifelinesupport.org (click “Do I Qualify?”).