The ACP Helps Millions Afford Internet It Could Be Gone By Next Year

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“In an era where the internet is an indispensable resource for education, work, and personal growth, having access to it has become a basic need. Recognizing this, the government initiated the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), a revolutionary step towards closing the digital divide in our communities. This initiative has played a pivotal role in helping millions of Americans afford high-speed internet services. However, despite its remarkable impact, there is growing concern that this vital program may not extend beyond next year. The ACP originated from emergency funds dispensed during the pandemic to aid low-income households in staying connected. As remote learning and telecommuting became the norm, it was clear that internet access was no longer a luxury but a necessity. The program provides eligible participants with significant discounts on broadband service and even offers subsidies on devices like computers and tablets.”

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