Eacp fantasy 300veryone in broadband knows the $30 ACP broadband subsidy did not result in connecting 11-12 million new homes to broadband. That's more than the total of all new landline connections. 

The FCC claims 47% of the 23 million ACP homes did not have a fixed connection before the ACP and earlier subsidy. The actual figure is almost definitely less than 25% and probably less than 15%.

The net growth in broadband subscriptions has been flat. 

I strongly back the subsidy, but I don't think lying data is an appropriate way to prevent its end. A handful of Republican votes is enough to get the money. Brian Roberts of Comcast spends over $100 million per year on influence. So does Google, Meta, & Microsoft. They can find the votes.

Most ACP signups came from the traditional carriers, who promoted the program to their existing & prospective customers. The outreach to the unconnected was very ineffective. This was reported by the Los Angeles Times and confirmed by academic studies, 

 As my radio colleague Stu Reid has often explained, to reach the most reluctant 10%, you need effective and deep community support. The FCC has been working on that, but time seems to be running out.  

 Meanwhile, Rosenworcel should get a firm commitment from Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Charter & Cox to make the $30 price available to everyone who qualified for ACP. The marginal cost of a broadband customer is $-4-8 per month and any existing network.

$30 is profitable.

 From the FCC fantasy 

NEW FCC SURVEY SHOWS OVER TWO-THIRDS OF ACP HOUSEHOLDS HAD INCONSISTENT OR ZERO CONNECTIVITY PRIOR TO ACP ENROLLMENT

Survey Data Shows More Than Three-Quarters of ACP Households Will Experience Service Disruptions If Program Ends --

 

WASHINGTON, February 29, 2024—The Federal Communications Commission today released new survey data which highlights the success of the ACP and the significant impact that the end of this program will have on working families. The new data provides deeper insight into how the more than 23 million households enrolled in the ACP program, including those in rural areas, use it to get online and stay online to fully participate in American society, including for health care, work, education and more.  Without Congressional action, ACP funding will last through April.

“Thanks to today’s survey data, leaders making the decisions about ACP’s future know one thing for certain: if we want to close our nation’s digital divide, the Affordable Connectivity Program is not nice-to-have, it’s need-to-have,” said Chairwoman Rosenworcel in a https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.fcc.gov/news-events/notes/2024/02/29/affordable-connectivity-program-need-have-closing-digital-divide&source=gmail&ust=1709306115486000&usg=AOvVaw0RrK2Dh-J01JSu69oCDDlE">note she shared today.  “We’ve come too far to turn back now.”

The data released by the FCC today from its December 2023 survey of ACP households shows that substantial numbers of those enrolled in the ACP are:

  • Depending on the ACP to Get Online and Stay Connected

o   68% or over two-thirds say they had inconsistent connectivity or zero connectivity prior to ACP.

o   80% of this group cited affordability as the reason for having inconsistent or zero connectivity.

  • Using the ACP to Get Online and Obtain Non-Mobile Service

o   Nearly half (47%) of all respondents and 53% of rural respondents report having either zero connectivity or relying solely on mobile service prior to enrolling in the ACP.

  • Expecting Service Disruptions if the ACP Ends

o   77% or more than three-quarters of respondents say losing their ACP benefit would disrupt their service by making them change their plan or drop internet service entirely.

 

  • Using ACP for Critical Services

o   72% say they use their ACP internet service to schedule or attend healthcare appointments.

o   48% use it to complete work or apply for jobs.

o   75% use it to do schoolwork (among 18–24-year-old subscribers).

The ACP Survey was conducted by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), which administers the ACP for the FCC.  In December 2023, USAC emailed the survey to a randomly selected sample of ACP households.  The information gathered was then analyzed by the FCC’s Office of Economics and Analytics, which worked to ensure the survey data was representative of the entire ACP population.  A fact sheet summarizing these findings and the full survey results, including a description of methodology, are available at: https://www.google.com/url?q=http://fcc.gov/acp-survey&source=gmail&ust=1709306115486000&usg=AOvVaw1wJfz97vXX5PRzP0IFg3Bq">fcc.gov/acp-survey.

The ACP is the largest and most successful broadband affordability program in our nation’s history.  The ACP supports eligible low-income households struggling to afford monthly broadband service.  Without additional funding, more than 23 million households are at risk of losing their internet connection.  A bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives have introduced the Affordable Connectivity Program Extension Act, which, if adopted, would provide an additional $7 billion for the ACP.