The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a lifeline for low-income households struggling with internet expenses.
Projections suggest that the program might run out of money by mid-2024. And millions of American families, especially those from Black and Hispanic communities, are facing the prospect of significant spikes in internet costs.
President Joe Biden requested an additional $6 billion in funding from Congress to sustain the ACP through the end of 2024.
However, with the current funding of less than $5 billion rapidly depleting, the threat of the program’s expiration looms large. Congress has yet to incorporate this funding into a bill, leaving the ACP’s fate hanging in the balance.
ACP Impacts on the Digital Divide
With over 22 million households currently enrolled, the ACP has played a pivotal role in bridging the digital divide.