Emergency Broadband Benefit is Helping Households Connect During the Pandemic

We’re getting the word out about FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit. Having a broadband connection is a must for households get access to jobs, healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more. Enrollment starts May 12.

What is the Emergency Broadband Benefit?

The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) is a temporary FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford broadband internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The benefit offers:

  • Up to $50 per month discount for broadband service
  • Up to $75 per month discount for households on qualifying Tribal lands
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet bought through a participating provider if the household contributes more than $10 but less than $50 toward the purchase price.

Limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

Who Can Apply

A household is eligible if someone in the household meets one of these criteria:

  • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline.
  • Gets benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program or did so in the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Got a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year.
  • Had a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020.
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating broadband provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

Learn more: FAQs for Emergency Broadband Benefit

3 Ways to Apply

  1. Contact your preferred participating broadband provider directly to learn about their application process. See Providers in Oklahoma: Emergency Broadband Benefit Providers in Oklahoma
  2. Go to  GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online.
  3. Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it with proof of eligibility to:
    Emergency Broadband Support Center
    P.O. Box 7081
    London, KY 40742

Questions and Answers about the Broadband Benefit

Do I get the Funds Each Month?
No, the participating broadband provider will get the funds directly from the EBB program.

Which Providers are Participating?
Broadband providers choose whether or not to participate.  See a list of Providers in Oklahoma.

Will I Be Automatically Billed at Higher Rates if the Program Ends?
No. Households will need to opt-in to keep their service once the EBB program ends.

See more questions and answers: FAQs for Emergency Broadband Benefit

Feb. 23 – Apr. 15 Tax Help

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2020 Tax Prep Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 5 pm. AARP Foundation Tax Aide

WEATHER PERMITTING – This program is run by volunteers with AARP & SE.

You can come by the drive thru window or the west entrance to pick up the intake form which you will fill out and it will let you know what you need to bring for filing.

The SW entrance for the theater is where you will enter to sign in and check about your session.

We are not doing appointments but there is a list to get on so they will call you when they are ready for you.

You will NOT be allowed to wait inside the library’s lobby/cafe area due to COVID restrictions imposed by the City of Durant, AARP, & the IRS.

Call 580-924-3486 press 1 for details.

Infographics: Library Numbers Tell Our Story

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Donald W Reynolds Community Center and Library, proudly serving the entire Bryan county community.

Adults

72 adult programs. 798 adults participated in our adult programs, including computer, fitness, and cooking classes.

Children

145 story time programs. 1,520 children participated in after-school story time programs during the school year.

Community

population: 47,995. 113,831 patrons visited the library and used its resources.


The Donald W Reynolds Community Center and Library is bringing the library home to kids. COVID hours: Monday through Friday 9 to 6 and Saturday 10 to 2. Free kids meals from 4 to 6.

1,501 take home story time bags provided June through October.

1,639 free meals to-go June through October.

Events

There will be no in person events at the library through spring 2021.
Programming is also on hold through the spring of 2021.  We are planning on gradually offering programming beginning with the Summer Reading Program in June.  Sign ups will be in May.

This means no FOL events like the October Book Sale, Dogtober Pawrade & Party, & December Holiday Craft Show.
The FOL will have a quilt to raffle off in November/December so stay tuned for details regarding ticket sales.
The Murder Mystery Dinner Theater in February is also cancelled.
The FOL plan to help with the Summer Reading Program and the Very Hungry Reader Program in June & July.