Commentary: Extend Affordable Connectivity Program funding, bridge Maine’s ‘digital divide’

With critical broadband funding set to expire soon, the Maine Library Association urges Congress to support ongoing Affordable Connectivity Program funding.   Accessible and affordable internet access is vital to completing day-to-day activities. One of the most significant steps taken in recent years to close this “digital divide,” the gap between those who have connectivity and those who do not, has been the creation and implementation of the ACP. The program, which provides assistance to eligible households on their monthly internet subscription, has been incredibly successful in cities, suburbs and rural regions like ours.

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