Corinth and Alcorn County residents can get a pandemic-related discount from the state on home internet service.

That’s the news from Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley who announced this week he is working to raise consumer awareness about the Emergency Broadband Benefit, a new federal program that provides a $50 a month broadband benefit discount for eligible families.

Internet service providers in the program include ACE Fiber, AT&T, Comcast Xfinity and Hughes Net.

Presley said any household in Corinth and Alcorn County is eligible if at least one member of the household meets at least one of these criteria:

Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year

Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, in the 2019-20, 2020-21, or 2021-22 school year

Has an income that is at or below 135 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid or the FCC’s Lifeline program

Experienced a substantial loss of income through job loss or furlough since Feb. 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers

Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program

According to Presley internet service is vital to every family.

“I’m proud to do my part in highlighting this program and raise awareness so that Mississippi families can save,” he said. “This $50 monthly discount for broadband service is real savings for real families. I urge customers to reach out to their provider to see if they qualify for these savings.”

Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail-in application.

For more information, visit getemergencybroadband.org or contact Presley’s office at 1-800-637-7722.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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