Op-Ed | Congress must permanently fund the Affordable Connectivity Program and bridge the digital divide

In our rapidly digitizing world, internet access is no longer a luxury, but a necessity for New Yorkers to reach educational resources, job opportunities, healthcare services, and community connections. Every month, roughly 1.8 million New Yorkers rely on the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), a federal broadband subsidy targeted towards our most vulnerable communities, to help pay for this necessity. Over 1 million more New Yorkers are eligible for the ACP but have yet to sign up, an adoption gap that has continued to close as city and state leaders double down on efforts to reach New Yorkers where they are, through trusted providers, to join the digital age.

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