CHICAGO – To address the digital divide and ensure that families throughout the community have access to internet and digital resources, state Rep. Justin Slaughter, D-Chicago, is promoting the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Broadband Benefit program.

“The coronavirus pandemic has required all of us to make changes to our routine and how we interact with others, and we have relied much more heavily on technology to stay connected as a result,” said Slaughter. “Unfortunately, we have also seen countless households and families who were left behind and unable to fully participate in remote work or school due to a lack of reliable internet at home.”  

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program was created by the FCC to address the growing need for access to technology, as the pandemic prompted a transition to virtual classrooms, meetings and workspaces. Eligible applicants, upon approval, will be able to receive up to $50 per month to help pay for broadband service, as well as a one-time discount of up to $100 for purchasing a computer or laptop. For more information about how to apply, please visit

“Even beyond the pandemic, equitable access to the internet and technology is critical to families’ success,” said Slaughter. “This program helps bridge the gap between those who have the basic tools to stay connected virtually and those who don’t at a time when nearly everything is online.”

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