Federal Funding for Affordable Broadband Plans Critical to Achieving Universal Access

Universal access to high-speed internet is achievable. But even with the federal government deploying billions of dollars to expand networks and connectivity, this goal can only be reached if all Americans can afford broadband subscriptions. The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), established as part of 2021’s Infrastructure, Investment, and Jobs Act, provides subsidies of $30 a month ($75 a month on Tribal lands and in high-cost rural areas) to help eligible households afford home broadband plans.1 The program is open to families earning 200% or less of the federal poverty guidelines, Pell Grant scholars, and people receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Medicaid benefits.

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