New federal affordable internet program available for eligible Tennesseans

JACKSON, TN (WNBJ) - The non-profit organization Heartland Forward is joining some state agencies and local community groups to launch a public awareness campaign to spread the word about a new federal affordable internet program.

The program will allow Tennesseans who are eligible to enroll to get discounted internet service.

The initiative uses federal COVID-19 relief funding to provide eligible households get discounts of up to 50 dollars a month on home internet service.

This will make the internet more accessible to qualifying low-income families.

“We know right now around 1.2 million individuals in the state of Tennessee do not have internet service and we know that cost is the biggest barrier in getting people connected,” said Angie Cooper, the Chief Program Officer at Heartland Forward.

The program also offers a 100 discount towards the purchase of a laptop, computer, or tablet from a participating provider.

To see if you or your family qualifies for the program you can call (833) 511-0311 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. any day of the week.

You can also apply online on the Get Emergency Broadband website.

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