ICYMI: OVBI Report Finds ACP Households Use More Broadband Than Average Subscriber

Findings Underscore the Importance of the ACP and Ensuring Every American Household has Access to an Affordable, Reliable Broadband Connection

In case you missed it, OpenVault Broadband Insights (OVBI) released a report this week that found Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) households use more broadband than the average subscriber. The ACP is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) “benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more.”

The program provides a $30 per month discount toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for eligible Tribal lands households. This monthly benefit has been critical to connecting income insecure households across the country.

Key findings include:

  • ACP participants’ average usage of 654 GB per month was 33.3% higher than the average of 490.7 GB for all subscribers.
  • ACP participants’ median usage of 499.3 GB per month was almost 60% higher than the median of 313.9 GB per month for all subscribers.
  • ACP households were 36% more likely to be power users of 1 TB or more, and 52% more likely to be super power users of 2 TB or more.

The report underscores the importance of the ACP and ensuring every American household has access to an affordable, reliable broadband connection. Qualifying households need monthly broadband service just as much as any household to access the modern day classroom, workplace and manage their health.

The program, made permanent by the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), has already enrolled over ten million households with millions of more households still eligible to enroll.

Read the full OVBI report HERE.

Learn more about the Affordable Connectivity Program HERE.

Find out more about CAN and our mission HERE.


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