End of Affordable Connectivity Program could cut internet from low income Americans, advocates say 03

The Affordable Connectivity Program offers discounted internet access to over half a million households in Arizona. But this program could end in April, something advocates say would decimate low income residents’ internet access and affect commerce across the board. The ACP is a $14.2 billion federal program funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Qualifying households can receive a monthly discount of up to $30 a month, or $75 dollars a month on tribal lands. Enrollment was frozen in February due to continuing funding concerns, and the program will end in April if not renewed by the federal government. “The ACP was created as part of the Infrastructure Act in December of 2021,” EducationSuperHighway Vice President of Government Affairs Adeyinka Ogunlegan said.

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