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Funding at Risk for Program that Helps Millions Afford Internet

Supporters are worried political will is lacking while Congress is locked in a spending fight. (Click image for article.)
UNITED STATES - JULY 27: Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., is seen after a meeting of the House Democratic Caucus in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, July 27, 2022. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., is one of the lawmakers pushing to get the Affordable Connectivity Program funded. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

 

More than 20 million low-income households are at risk of being priced out of internet access unless Congress can reach agreement on funding for a program that provides internet service discounts. 

Supporters of the Affordable Connectivity Program are pressing for passage of bipartisan, bicameral legislation to keep it afloat past April, when funding is expected to run out. That outcome may depend on Congress’ ability to pass appropriations measures to prevent a government shutdown, and some supporters are worried that it’s not a priority for Republican leadership.

“We’ll attach it to anything,” Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., said of the legislation at a news conference last week. “We just are going to try to do whatever we can because we don’t want this program to expire. Because if it does it’s going to be very detrimental to all these people that need internet access.”

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