A Step Backward in Closing the Digital Divide

The end of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is nearly here. Created by the 2021 infrastructure bill, the ACP enabled 23 million low-income American households to get online by providing access to discounted broadband services and devices. The program runs out of funding next month or in early May.

Congress recently passed budget bills for the year, averting a government shutdown, but did not include funding to extend the ACP. There is still a slim possibility Congress could act on this issue. In addition, some internet service providers (ISPs) may subsidize discounts. A likely outcome is that many households will lose broadband connectivity in the coming months. Recent coverage of the ACP can be found from Business InsiderCNN, and Money.

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