Digital Equity Advocates are Sounding the Alarm as Funding Expires for Low-cost Internet through the Affordable Connectivity Program

Digital access is on the line.

At the same time the federal government is investing billions of dollars to expand broadband infrastructure, it hasn’t reinvested in a program that offers discounted internet services to low-income families.

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a $14.2 billion federal benefits program that makes internet service more accessible to 22.5 million households in the United States. But those families could lose this resource this spring when ACP’s funds run out — if a bill that could extend it through the end of 2024 doesn’t pass.