Only 13 percent of eligible households in Minnesota take advantage of Lifeline subsidy program

The Benton Institute for Broadband and Society reports

During the first quarter of 2022, the Lifeline National Verifier received 4,457,395 applications. Of the applications received, 48% were fully qualified automatically, and 7% were qualified through manual documentation review. The overall qualification result is determined after eligibility is checked and includes further checks related to identity and duplicates. Of the applications submitted, 1,989,492 applications were determined to be “Not Qualified” because they did not meet the program criteria and were not resolved by the applicant within 45 days.

Based on Lifeline National Verifier Quarterly Eligibility Data from USAC that also provides data by state, including participation rates…

State January 2022 Subscriber Count 2020 Lifeline Eligible Households Based on ACS Data Estimated 2022 Lifeline Participation Rate
Minnesota 59,451 469,873 13%


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Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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