A new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) report focused on the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) and the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) reveals how much funding the Commission has committed to internet service providers through the programs.
The data shows provider obligations (how much funding the FCC owes to each provider), disbursements (how much the FCC has paid out to each provider) and remaining obligations to be paid to each provider, as of the end of February 2023.
According to the FCC, more than 1,700 broadband providers are authorized to participate in the ACP. Below are the biggest players in the program with their funding commitments through February 28, 2023, as well as their funding amounts from the EBB.
ACP/EBB Funding Obligations
|Provider||ACP Obligations||EBB Obligations|
|Q Link Wireless||$288,168,732.81||$304,192,813.45|
|Maxsip Telecom Corporation||$114,215,720.85||$9,673,590.00|
|Air Voice Wireless||$60,405,587.24||$5,237,390.00|
|Global Connection Inc. of America||$59,031,135.69||$108,483,424.72|
The data was published in response to an inquiry from Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Ted Cruz (R-TX).
As of May 1st, nearly 18 million households were enrolled in the Affordable Connectivity Program. However, the program will run out of funding as soon as next year (unless Congress extends it), which would cast millions of people in America into the digital dark, unable to afford broadband service.