“The bipartisan, bicameral Affordable Connectivity Program Extension Act of 2024 was introduced to ensure that low-income families can continue to connect to the internet. The following statement may be attributed to Benton Institute for Broadband & Society Executive Director Adrianne B. Furniss: “The digital divide holds the entire nation back. Access to affordable, reliable, high-speed broadband is essential to full participation in modern life in the United States—and is an important part of our social safety net, allowing us all to contribute to building our nation. “Recognizing that broadband connectivity is a necessity, Congress and the Federal Communications Commission created, first, the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program during the COVID-19 pandemic and then the Affordable Connectivity Program (known as ACP) so that some of the most vulnerable in our communities can stay connected. ACP is a lifeline for over 22 million people including low-income households, Veterans, people in rural areas, and students. ACP connects them to healthcare, to new employment opportunities, to school, to family, and to friends.”
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