The Impact of Affordable and Accessible Broadband on SSDI and SSI Receipt

Published: 2023
Project ID: UM23-18


We propose to causally estimate how SSI and SSDI receipt responded to a national program providing affordable broadband, access to discounted computer equipment, and digital literacy resources to low-income families. We will do so with geographic data on program availability from the Federal Communications Commission, public microdata on SSDI and SSI receipt from the American Community Survey, and customer-level data from Internet Essentials. Our findings will quantify the extent to which the digital divide has impeded delivery of services and whether efforts to increase digital equity would improve participation rates.