CSAC Bulletin Article

Federal Aviation Administration Adds Affordable Connectivity Program Amendment to Reauthorization Legislation

May 9, 2024

As previously shared in a CSAC Bulletin, the Affordable Connectivity Program Extension Act of 2024 (H.R.6929) was introduced in January, to continue the duration of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). First started in December 2021, the ACP is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) benefits program, established to provide financial assistance to eligible households lacking affordable high-speed internet.

As an update, an amendment has been introduced to include funding for the ACP in the upcoming Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization legislation. The amendment, presented by Senator Peter Welch (Vermont), proposes a $7 billion allocation to the ACP, mirroring the funding level outlined in the ACP Extension Act of 2024. To ensure the continuity of the agency’s authority, the bill is set to be finalized by Friday, May 10. The extension ensures the continued availability of funds to support eligible households, helping to bridge the digital divide and promote internet accessibility for all communities.

CSAC supports ongoing ACP funding and urges Congress to establish a long-term broadband affordability initiative to continue efforts that narrow the affordability gap for all Californians to access reliable high-speed internet.

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