Tribal Providers Say They Rely on ACP to Connect Communities

The Affordable Connectivity Program is essential for keeping people connected on Tribal lands, Tribal broadband providers said on Monday, Started in 2021 with $14 billion set aside by the Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act, the ACP provides over 21 million Americans with a monthly internet subsidy – $30 for low-income families and $75 residents of Tribal lands. The program is set to run out of money in 2024. That would leave many Tribal residents faced with a voice between their internet bill and other essentials like food and electricity, said Linnea Jackson, the general manager of the Hoopa Valley Public Utilities District.

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