Help Save the Affordable Connectivity Program!
On October 25, 2023, President Biden submitted a request to Congress for emergency supplemental funding for key domestic priorities, including $6 billion to extend the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).
Over 21 million households including 1 in 11 households in Vermont have enrolled in the ACP, and, without additional funding, these families across the country are at risk of being disconnected. Internet access is essential to ensuring that every American can benefit fully from educational resources, healthcare services, and job opportunities. Research also found that ACP helps extend BEAD dollars to ensure that these resources are maximized to reach as many households as possible. Vermont’s BEAD plan, “The State of Vermont’s Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Five-Year Action Plan,” submitted for approval in late August 2023, recognizes the ACP as a critical component toward achieving its goals. Congress has an opportunity to ensure funding so that the ACP doesn’t lapse, imperiling these important investments in broadband infrastructure.
Recent analysis estimates that ACP will run out of funding in Q2 of 2024. President Biden’s request will ensure that the program continues to meet its obligations through the end of 2024. Moreover, this funding gives Congress, the FCC, and advocates additional time to develop and implement a long-term funding mechanism.
A version of this letter will be sent to the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees as well as House and Senate leadership on Monday, December 4 at noon by Vita-Learn. If you would like to add your name to this letter to show your support as an educational leader in Vermont, please visit the shared document and simply add your name, title/role, and organization.