FirstLight to Provide Internet Discounts to Help Support Struggling Maine Households as Part of FCC Program
ALBANY, N.Y., March 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstLight, a leading provider of fiber-optic data, Internet, data center, cloud, and voice services to enterprise and carrier customers throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, announced today that its ILEC entity will participate in the Federal Communications Commission's Emergency Broadband Benefit program and help struggling Maine residential customers who are having or have had difficulty paying for Internet service during the pandemic.
Through its ILEC, FirstLight serves residential customers based in Maine, and will provide a discount of up to $50 a month towards broadband service for eligible Maine households and up to $75 per month for Maine households on tribal lands during the program period.
"Maine has been hard hit by the pandemic, and this program will help many struggling Mainers continue to have online access to job searches, local and federal resource programs, telehealth services and skills training," said Kurt Van Wagenen, FirstLight's President and CEO. "It will also enable their children to continue remote learning and content streaming that have become critical components of a hybrid at-home classroom. During difficult economic times, Internet connectivit becomes an even greater lifeline for families and supports their economic, developmental, social and mental well-being."
A household is eligible if one member of the household:
The FCC did not give an official start date for the program, but is expected to launch in the coming months. For more info about the program, visit https://www.fcc.gov/emergency-broadband-benefit-program. For FirstLight customers interested in eligibility and program details, visit www.firstlight.net/EBB.
FirstLight, headquartered in Albany, New York, provides fiber-optic data, Internet, data center, cloud and voice services to enterprise and carrier customers throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic connecting more than 10,000 locations in service with more than 30,000 locations serviceable by our more than 24,000-route mile network. FirstLight offers a robust suite of advanced telecommunications products featuring a comprehensive portfolio of high bandwidth connectivity solutions including Ethernet, wavelength and dark fiber services as well as dedicated Internet access solutions, data center, cloud and voice services. FirstLight's clientele includes national cellular providers and wireline carriers and many leading enterprises, spanning high tech manufacturing and research, hospitals and healthcare, banking and financial, secondary education, colleges and universities, and local and state governments.
To learn more about FirstLight, visit www.firstlight.net, or follow the company on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
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