Last month, we told you about how you could get $50 per month from the federal government as part of the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program to help pay for your internet. Sign-ups for the program officially started on May 12th, but as The Washington Post reported earlier this week (via Ars Technica), some internet service providers are making it difficult to take advantage of the subsidies by forcing customers to upgrade their plans.
As Geoffrey A. Fowler notes in his piece for The Washington Post, there is more than $3.2 billion up for grabs as part of the EBB program. ISPs can participate in the program on a voluntary basis, and they can decide how exactly they want to distribute the money. After speaking to consumers who tried to sign up for the program, Fowler discovered that many were finding it to be a frustrating process.
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Originally published at https://bgr.com/tech/verizon-internet-upgrade-force-ebb-internet-subsidies-5926896/ on .