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June 14, 2024 11:54 pm

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NC Leaders Push to Preserve Affordable Connectivity Program

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With the federal funding for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) set to expire at the end of May, U.S. Rep. Kathy Manning, alongside local superintendents and NC Sen. Michael Garrett, rallied for its continuation. During a news conference at Hunter Elementary in Greensboro, Manning emphasized the program’s critical role in aiding lower-income households to afford Internet access, especially as costs for essential needs like food and housing rise.

The ACP, part of the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, has benefited around 80,000 households in Manning’s district, saving families between $30 and $75 monthly on Internet bills. Manning is co-sponsoring the Affordable Connectivity Program Extension Act of 2024, which seeks $7 billion to sustain the initiative for another year. Superintendents Whitney Oakley of Guilford County and John Stover of Rockingham County highlighted the program’s importance in maintaining essential online education services and infrastructure investments. They urged the Speaker of the House to bring the bill to a vote, stressing the potential setback for families if the program lapses.