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Broadband advocates call for continuation of internet access support

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Monroe County to push for vital legislation aimed at sustaining the Affordable Connectivity Program, a key federal initiative providing financial aid to low-income households for high-speed internet access. With the program on the brink of a funding shortfall anticipated by April, Gillibrand’s proposed legislation seeks to inject an additional $7 billion to ensure ongoing support. This program currently benefits 1.7 million households across New York, offering them essential broadband services critical for remote work, online education, and telehealth services.


Highlighting the indispensability of reliable internet in today’s digital era, Gillibrand, alongside local leaders and advocates, emphasized the urgency of passing the legislation to prevent families from losing access or facing unaffordable internet costs. The senator’s efforts underscore the broader goal of closing the digital divide, ensuring that all families, regardless of economic status, have access to the internet services necessary for daily life.

The Affordable Connectivity Program, established under President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, offers up to $30 monthly discounts on internet services and up to $100 off computers or tablets for eligible families. This initiative has been pivotal in bridging the digital gap, particularly in rural and underserved communities. For more details on the program and eligibility, individuals are encouraged to visit the Federal Communications Commission’s website at fcc.gov/acp.



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