Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Benton Institute Supports Additional Funding to Keep Americans Connected to the Internet
Earlier today, the Biden Administration requested $6 billion to strengthen the Affordable Connectivity Program and extend free and discounted high-speed internet for low-income households through December 2024. The following statement may be attributed to Benton Institute for Broadband & Society Executive Director Adrianne B. Furniss:
There is no question that access to affordable, reliable, high-speed broadband is essential to full participation in modern life in the United States. Although the many benefits of broadband adoption should be broadly enjoyed by all, the digital divide disproportionately affects communities of color and lower-income and rural areas. Affordability is a major barrier to broadband adoption. Today, the Biden Administration again demonstrated its commitment to getting and keeping everyone connected. Now we ask Congress to deliver on that commitment by continuing to fund the very successful, very popular, very bipartisan ACP. The investment we make now will strengthen families and communities, and help ensure the success of the historic support the federal government has made available for deploying broadband networks.
The Benton Institute for Broadband & Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all people in the U.S. have access to competitive, High-Performance Broadband regardless of where they live or who they are. We believe communication policy - rooted in the values of access, equity, and diversity - has the power to deliver new opportunities and strengthen communities.
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