Emergency Broadband Benefit Program transitioned to Affordable Connectivity Program!
National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD) enrollments into the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBBP) ceased December 30, 2021.
EBB Program transitioned to Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) on December 31, 2021.
USAC will utilize National Verifier (NV) and National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD) to check consumer eligibility and enroll consumers in the ACP.
Service Providers and consumers began submitting ACP applications on Dec 31, 2021, through NV website. Website address has been updated to ACPBenefit.org (on Dec 31st). Changes to application will be minor, although the form may be modified mid-January by the FCC.
All references to “EBBP” or “EBB” will be replaced with “ACP”.
If a consumer participates in one of the following government programs, their household qualifies for the ACP. Customers must still apply through the National Verifier.
- Lifeline, having qualified through participation in one of the following programs:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
- Veterans Pension or Survivors Pension
- Federal Pell Grant in the current award year
- Eligibility programs available will be updated to reflect the ACP rules
- Special Supplemental Nutritional Program for Woman, Infants and Children (WIC) will be available to select as a qualifying program (this is new).
- A list of participating Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools will be available for applicants to select from when they indicate they qualify through the Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch or Breakfast program. Applicants will still need to provide documentation proving eligibility.
- Substantial Loss of Income will no longer be available to select as a qualifying program
- The income threshold has increased to 200% of the federal poverty guidelines
All pre-existing EBB Program applications, except those that do not qualify through an ACP eligibility program (i.e. substantial loss of income) rolled over and became eligible for ACP enrollment.
Existing EBB Program subscribers will continue to receive their EBBP benefits for 60 days (up to March 1st). After March 1st existing EBBP subscribers will be moved to ACP and their benefit amount will drop from up to $50 to up to $30.