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State’s Digital Navigator Network can Help Low-Income Households Access Broadband Benefits and Digital Training – Dailyfly.com Lewis-Clark Valley Community

State’s Digital Navigator Network can Help Low-Income Households Access Broadband Benefits and Digital Training - Dailyfly.com Lewis-Clark Valley Community
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Governor Jay Inslee




Olympia – The Federal Communications Commission’s emergency broadband benefit program is now open to help low-income households purchase internet service and devices during the pandemic. The Washington State Broadband Office’s digital navigators can help people in all 39 counties apply for the program.

Households can qualify several ways, including if their income is at or below 200% federal poverty level ($55,500 for a family of four) or if they are already enrolled in a federal benefits program such as Medicaid or Social Security Insurance.

Qualifying households can get a discount of up to $30 a month for internet service and a one-time discount of $100 to pay for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet.

Digital navigators can also help people sign up for culturally – and linguistically – appropriate training to gain digital skills and literacy or access other broadband services. The program is one of many ways the state is promoting equitable access to internet service in underserved rural or low-income communities and in marginalized communities.

Contact a digital navigator program in your area for more information.









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