Opinion: A federal program has kept my family connected. Please don’t let it shut down.

“In this economy, life as a working mom and caregiver for my grandma makes me feel like a magician. I pull rabbits out of my hat constantly. Every day, I somehow make a dollar out of 15 cents. Whether it’s the car payment, utilities, childcare, or rent, the economy does a great disappearing act with my income. A new program to lower the cost of my monthly internet, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) has helped my daily magic show. It’s why I’m surprised to hear politicians in Washington are talking about letting it vanish in April. The ACP was created in 2021 to bring internet access to homes that have trouble affording it. Applicants who meet the income qualifications sign up for internet service through a regular provide, then get a monthly discount through the ACP.”

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