ACP Funding Issues, Internet Affordability for Millions at Stake

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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.

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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.