Walmart and AT&T are working together to offer eligible customers who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic select home internet and wireless plans via AT&T PREPAID and Cricket Wireless for little or even no cost. These offers are available through the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB),  and customers can find eligible plans on and in more than 2,300 Walmart stores across the country. Interested customers must complete their EBB enrollment with AT&T PREPAID or Cricket.

EBB is a temporary federal government program that provides eligible customers a temporary benefit of up to $50/mo. on eligible home internet or wireless service. Eligible households on qualifying Tribal lands can receive a benefit of up to $75/mo.

“The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the digital divide in America as many underserved households were unable to afford broadband connectivity to work from home or enable their children to participate in remote learning. Through our collaboration with AT&T, we are staying true to our mission and making this important resource available to our customers at an affordable price,” said Mehrdad Akbar, vice president of wireless and photo services, at Walmart U.S. “This isn’t a problem that was created overnight, nor will it be solved quickly, but every step in the right direction helps.”

Individuals who have been financially affected by COVID-19 or currently participate in financial assistance programs such as SNAP or Medicaid, could be eligible for temporary relief on an AT&T PREPAID or Cricket Wireless plan.

“This past year dealt a financial blow to many Americans. To help address this, Walmart and the AT&T Prepaid Portfolio are teaming up to support the communities we serve and do our part in helping to bridge the digital divide that exists across the country,” said John Dwyer, President of the AT&T Prepaid Portfolio (includes Cricket Wireless). “Offering plans eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program to eligible customers is just another way we can work together to make life easier for those who have been financially impacted over the past year.”

Customers wait in line outside a Walmart Supercenter store, due to COVID-19 restrictions on store capacity, Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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