To participate in the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program, a service provider must:
- Register with SAM.gov*
- Obtain a Federal Communications Commission Registration Number (FRN)*
- Submit an application for FCC approval to participate in the program (only applicable to non-ETCs; ETCs can submit their ETC designation directly to USAC with their election)
- Obtain FCC approval to use an alternative eligibility verification process (only applicable to service providers that will not use the National Verifier)
- Submit an election notice to USAC (The election process closed on December 20, 2021.)
*Service providers only need to register with SAM.gov and obtain an FRN once – if these steps were previously completed, service providers do not need to repeat them for the EBB Program.
Emergency Broadband Benefit Approval Request Process
Non-ETC service providers that want to participate in the EBB Program must receive FCC approval. Existing ETCs can use their ETC designation order to qualify and do not need to submit a separate FCC approval request in the states in which the provider has an ETC designation.
Service providers should visit the FCC website and click on Provider Application Approvals for detailed application requirements and instructions.
The priority application window, by which non-ETC providers seeking approval to participate in the EBB Program will have the opportunity to obtain that approval prior to commencement of household enrollments, closed March 22, 2021. Applications received after the priority application deadline will be expeditiously reviewed on a rolling basis.
Companies Near Me Tool
USAC will use the information submitted with the election notice to add all participating service providers to the Companies Near Me tool. To increase the tool’s accuracy, service providers should submit the zip codes where they plan to offer EBB Program service using this form. Please email the completed form to EBBElection@usac.org.
Please do not alter the form or submit additional information – it will slow down the processing of the form.
API Access to USAC Systems
If your company intends to utilize an Application Programming Interface (API) to access either the National Verifier or the National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD) for the EBB Program, please complete and sign the ISA and include it with your election notice for the EBB Program. Returning the signed ISA will ensure that your company can, at a minimum, access the staging environments to test the National Verifier and NLAD APIs as they exist for Lifeline (as needed) while USAC completes necessary system development to put EBB Program workflows in place.
ETCs that already use APIs to access the National Verifier or NLAD should complete a new ISA that describes their connection with USAC’s systems for use with the EBB Program or Lifeline.