FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT:
Greg Klimek, Cal.net
530.672.1078 x 116
Margaret McKoin, The Time Group
May 10, 2021 – Cal.net announced today that they will be participating in the FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program. The program, created to provide assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, offers a temporary discount on monthly broadband service for qualifying low-income households or households who have lost income due to the pandemic. Eligible participants can apply beginning Wednesday, May 12, 2021 and will receive up to a $50/month discount on broadband service with residents on qualifying tribal lands receiving up to a $75/month discount. Additionally, as part of the EBB program, participants will be able to purchase a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer for as little as $10 and no more than $50. The program will end when the fund runs out of money, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner.
“The EBB Program will enable us to further close the digital divide by bringing high-speed internet service to underserved and unserved rural households in the Sierra Foothills and the Central Valley. Additionally, access to low-cost hardware will provide the tools needed to get online. Residents can visit our website www.cal.net/ebb and follow the 3 simple steps to apply beginning May 12th,” stated Ken Garnett, COO for Cal.net. “This program enables Cal.net to provide reliable internet access to families whose needs to stay connected to family, work and school are more important than ever.”
Cal.net is Wireless Internet Service Provider serving areas of rural California with unlimited data plans and no data caps, no data throttling, and no contracts. For more information on the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program or to determine eligibility, visit www.cal.net/ebb or call 844.310.9896.
Formed in 1997, Cal.net is a California-based Internet Service Provider whose mission is to deliver high-speed internet services to rural parts of the state, focusing primarily on areas with over one million residences and small businesses that have historically lacked access to adequate internet connectivity. Cal.net has been awarded over $60 million in grants and subsidies from the state of California and the federal government. These funds will enable Cal.net to broaden its coverage in rural areas and accelerate deployment of much needed communication services. Learn more at www.cal.net.