Debra Berlyn: The ACP is Critical Aid for Low Income Older Adults

“It is downright shocking that millions of low-income older adults, members of our one of our most vulnerable communities, will lose their broadband connection due to the uncertainty of funding for the Affordable Connectivity Program.  For older adults in financial need, the extension of funding for the ACP is critical. The federal program, which has enrolled 23 million low-income households to help subsidize the cost of broadband for low-income consumers over the past couple of years, is also now no longer accepting any new enrollments now that funding for the program is expected to run out this year. The Wall Street Journal just reported that this year, America will have the greatest number of people turning age 65 in U.S. history WSJ article. There will be a percentage of those entering this milestone who are low-income and lack access to broadband at home.  The ACP needs to continue to meet this ongoing need.”

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