LocalTel Communications, part of the Emergency Broadband Benefit program, is offering eligible local households free internet though the program.

The program is federally funded and will provide up to $50 per month towards the cost of internet service. Many households will qualify for free internet service including those financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, have children eligible for free school lunch, are eligible for the college Pell grant, are eligible for the Lineline Program, or are low-income.

In the Grant, Chelan, Douglas, Lincoln and Adams Counties, all that are served by LocalTel, the $50 credit will cover the monthly cost of internet service chosen by most households.

The program launched last week on May 12. Current LocalTel or potential new customers can check to see if they qualify on the LocalTel website.

LocalTel is locally owned and provides high-speed fiber internet using the Grant PUD fiber optic network and SkyFi wireless internet in the North Central Washington area and the Columbia Basin.

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