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Hughes Joins FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Program to Connect Low-Income Families Across America


Through the program, eligible HughesNet customers can enjoy a discount on their service so they can stay connected during the pandemic

Germantown, MD, July 8, 2021 – Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), an innovator in satellite communications for 50 years, today announced its participation in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Emergency Broadband Benefit program to help households struggling to pay for Internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides a temporary discount of up to $50 per month toward HughesNet® satellite Internet service for eligible new and existing customers. Hughes was an early champion of the Emergency Broadband Benefit program and the only nationwide satellite provider to participate.

“For more than one million rural American families, HughesNet is essential for connecting to work, school, entertainment, healthcare, and social services,” said Paul Gaske, executive vice president and general manager, North America Division, Hughes. “We are glad to be able to offer our customers the Emergency Broadband Benefit to help them stay connected during this time, and we appreciate that the FCC included our satellite Internet in the program as it is a lifeline for our rural U.S. customers.”

Recognized as the Best Satellite Internet Provider of 2021 by U.S. News & World Report, HughesNet is available across the U.S. at broadband speeds, serving more than one million American families with essential connectivity. The company’s participation in the Emergency Broadband Benefit program reinforces its ongoing commitment to connect the unconnected and ensure that reliable, high-speed Internet is accessible and affordable, especially when Americans need it most.

New and existing HughesNet customers can visit for information on eligibility and how to apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit. For more details, including program length and benefit for residents of Tribal Lands, visit the FCC website.