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 5,023,594
National Verifier Application 6,442,558
Alternative Verification Process 4,009,762
Verified by School 5,955
Total 15,481,869

*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
18-24 971,591
25-49 7,763,948
50-64 3,900,044
65-84 2,635,243
85+ 211,043
Total 15,481,869

Total Enrolled ACP Subscribers by Service Type

Service Type Total Subscribers Percent of Total
Mobile Broadband 8,449,900 54.6%
Fixed Broadband** 6,904,745 44.6%
Fixed Wireless or Satellite 127,224 0.8%
Total 15,481,869 100%

**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 12,853,096
Medicaid Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 11,094,343
National School Lunch or School Breakfast Program U.S. Department of Agriculture 2,313,502
Household Income Less than 200% of Federal Poverty Level (Less than 135% prior to December 31, 2021) 3,188,536
Supplemental Security Income Social Security Administration 2,882,280
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 653,160
Federal Public Housing Assistance U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 898,705
Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 320,158
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children U.S. Department of Agriculture 442,317
Tribal Food Distribution U.S. Department of Agriculture 20,177
Tribal General Assistance U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs 34,120
Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 21,655
Tribal Head Start U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 14,828
Total 34,736,877

Timing

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