Enrollment is Now Open for Those Struggling to Pay for Internet

CELINA, Ohio ()– Today, Wabash announced its participation in the Emergency Broadband Benefit, a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program. This temporary benefit will help to lower the cost of internet service for eligible households during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

The $3.2B Emergency Broadband Benefit program provides a discount of up to a $50 per month toward internet service for households that meet at least one of the following criteria defined by the FCC:

  • 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 the FCC’s Lifeline program;
  • Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year; or
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income through job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers.

“Connecting those in our communities is what we do. This pandemic has proved internet connectivity is more important than ever,” said Wabash’s President and CEO Mike Boley. “Wabash has spearheaded multiple initiatives since March 2020 when COVID-19 hit Ohio, and we’re proud to partner with the FCC to continue to help those who have been financially impacted.”

Enrollment for this program is currently underway. To find out if you qualify, please visit www.wabash.com/ebb or call Wabash at 419-942-1111. This program is open to eligible new, current and past customers of Wabash.

About Wabash

Wabash Mutual Telephone Company is a leading, local communications company providing internet, television and phone services and solutions to homes and businesses in Mercer County, Ohio, and the surrounding area. Staying true to our cooperative principles established in 1911, Wabash continues to adopt ever-advancing technology to remain a cutting-edge provider and grow in rural America. For more information, visit www.wabash.com.