Additional EBB Program Data
Note: The EBB Program ended on December 31, 2021 with 9,048,536 households enrolled. The EBB Program was replaced by the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) on December 31, 2021. For more information, please visit USAC’s ACP website.
Total Enrolled EBB Program Subscribers by Method of Verification
|Method of Verification*||Total Subscribers|
|National Verifier Application||2,680,637|
|Alternative Verification Process||1,940,369|
|Verified by School||7,016|
*Note: Method of Verification refers to the process used to verify consumer eligibility for the EBB Program. The statute establishing the EBB Program 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 EBB Program 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 EBB Program Subscribers by Age
|Age Category||Total Subscribers|
Total Enrolled EBB Program Subscribers by Service Type
|Service Type||Total Subscribers||Percent of Total|
|Fixed Wireless or Satellite||51,308||0.6%|
**Note: Includes cable, DSL, and fiber.
Applicant-Selected Eligibility Categories on National Verifier Applications
When applying for the EBB Program 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 EBB 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||3,160,448|
|Medicaid||Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services||2,543,869|
|National School Lunch or School Breakfast Program||U.S. Department of Agriculture||1,106,363|
|Household Income Less than 135% of Federal Poverty Level||722,133|
|Supplemental Security Income||Social Security Administration||645,809|
|Substantial Loss of Income (with Total Household Income Below $99K for Single Filers or $198K for Joint Filers)||613,871|
|Federal Pell Grant||U.S. Department of Education||260,863|
|Federal Public Housing Assistance||U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development||250,414|
|Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit||U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs||59,116|
|Tribal Food Distribution||U.S. Department of Agriculture||4,404|
|Tribal General Assistance||U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs||4,105|
|Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families||U.S. Department of Health and Human Services||2,860|
|Tribal Head Start||U.S. Department of Health and Human Services||2,133|
All of the data on the Additional EBB Program Data page was last updated on December 31.