Federal funds that can help low-income households pay for internet remain mostly unused

TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—After two years of work and events being held virtually, and students having to move to fully online learning, the importance of quality high-speed broadband access has only been further cemented as a modern day utility.

While access to broadband is an issue that has seen increased attention, affordability is another parallel concern. As a part of the push to improve broadband access and affordability, the federal government directed $14.2 billion in funding to modify and extend an already existing program into the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). 

The ACP provides federal discounts of up to $30 a month that goes toward internet services for eligible low-income individuals and families, and up to $75 a month for customers on Tribal Lands and Native American reservations.

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