US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling on Congress to extend funding for the Affordable Connectivity Program.
The federal initiative provides financial assistance to low-income households to help them afford high-speed internet. 21 million families nationwide including over 1.5 million New York households rely on the program, but funding is set to run out in just a few months. Without that funding, those households will be at risk of losing access to broadband services.
In a statement, Gillibrand referred to fast, reliable internet as no longer a luxury but a necessity for everyday life. She added that she’s calling on congressional leadership to allocate more money for the Affordable Connectivity Program to help close the digital divide once and for all.