Emergency Broadband Benefit Snapshot

Rural LISC has launched a new tool, developed in collaboration with Heartland Forward, that maps 2021 enrollment in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program. The map presents a nationwide view of household EBB enrollment based on eligibility by ZIP Code. On average across the country, an estimated 17% of households that were eligible for the benefit enrolled.

The tool is designed to aid Digital Navigators and other partner organizations in identifying the communities that can benefit most from outreach and awareness efforts on broadband access. A new, long-term federal discount on internet service for low-income households, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), replaced EBB on January 1, 2022.

Users are invited to engage with the map by entering the ZIP Code, city name, county name, or an address of their choice. Users can also toggle on a terrestrial broadband layer, depicting if wired or fixed wireless broadband internet is available in an area.

Click here to access the map.