Additional ACP Data

Total Enrolled ACP Subscribers by Method of Verification

Note: On December 31, 2021 the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) replaced the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. The EBB Program ended on December 31, 2021 with 9,048,536 households enrolled. For more information on EBB Program enrollments, please visit USAC’s EBBP Enrollment and Claims Tracker.

Method of Verification* Total Subscribers
Lifeline 4,844,957
National Verifier Application 5,139,035
Alternative Verification Process 3,524,535
Verified by School 6,309
Total 13,514,836

*Note: Method of Verification refers to the process used to verify consumer eligibility for the ACP. The statute establishing the ACP allows flexibility in the eligibility verification methods available to service providers and consumers. Lifeline consumers are automatically eligible to participate in the program. For consumers who do not currently participate in Lifeline, participating ACP providers may use the National Verifier for eligibility verification. Providers also have the option to obtain FCC approval for an Alternative Verification Process that they can use in addition to, or instead of, the National Verifier. Providers may also rely on schools for eligibility verification with respect to households with students who participate in the free and reduced-price school lunch or school breakfast programs.

Total Enrolled ACP Subscribers by Age

Age Category Total Subscribers
18-24 853,094
25-49 6,879,439
50-64 3,449,698
65-84 2,168,045
85+ 164,560
Total 13,514,836

Total Enrolled ACP Subscribers by Service Type

Service Type Total Subscribers Percent of Total
Mobile Broadband 7,617,944 56.3%
Fixed Broadband** 5,798,425 42.9%
Fixed Wireless or Satellite 98,467 0.8%
Total 13,514,836 100%

**Note: Includes cable, DSL, and fiber.

Applicant-Selected Eligibility Categories on National Verifier Applications

When applying for the ACP in the National Verifier, applicants are told to select all applicable categories that would qualify the household.  As a result, this table reports all eligibility categories identified on all ACP National Verifier applications, and the total categories selected by applicants will exceed the number of National Verifier applications received.

Eligibility Category Selected by Applicant Administering Agency Total NV Applications
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program U.S. Department of Agriculture 9,032,976
Medicaid Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 7,625,816
National School Lunch or School Breakfast Program U.S. Department of Agriculture 1,849,956
Household Income Less than 200% of Federal Poverty Level (Less than 135% prior to December 31, 2021) 2,246,844
Supplemental Security Income Social Security Administration 1,964,701
Substantial Loss of Income (enrolled prior to December 31,2021, with Total Household Income Below $99K for Single Filers or $198K for Joint Filers) 614,674
Federal Pell Grant U.S. Department of Education 441,793
Federal Public Housing Assistance U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 660,456
Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 199,471
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children U.S. Department of Agriculture 250,675
Tribal Food Distribution U.S. Department of Agriculture 13,455
Tribal General Assistance U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs 14,426
Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 9,212
Tribal Head Start U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 7,267
Total 24,317,048

Timing

All of the data on the Additional ACP Data page is as of September 1.