Consumers can begin applying for and enrolling in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program on May 12, 2021.

What Is a Household?

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Only one monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household.

A household is a group of people who live together and share money (even if they are not related to each other).

If you live together and share money, you are one household. If you either don’t live together or you don’t share money, you are two or more households.

You may have to answer questions about your household when you apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.

One Household Examples

  • A married couple who live together are one household.
  • A parent/guardian and child who live together are one household.
  • An adult who lives with friends or family who financially support him/her are one household.

Multiple Households Examples

  • 4 roommates who live together but do not share money are 4 households. All 4 can receive the Emergency Broadband Benefit.
  • 30 seniors who live in an assisted-living home but do not share money are 30 households. All 30 can receive the Emergency Broadband Benefit.
  • A student who receives a Federal Pell Grant and lives alone is a different household than his or her parents. Both the student and their parents can receive their own benefits.

Note: These are general examples only. If you are unsure about your number of households, download and use our Household Worksheet (this worksheet will be released later this month.)