Federal internet benefits at risk in Connecticut. Could a state bill fill in gaps?

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Connecticut has been building its digital infrastructure to get more households online. Those efforts rely on federal funding to help the state address these gaps, particularly in places with limited access to affordable high-speed internet. But a federal program reducing monthly internet bills and providing device subsidies for lower-income households will sunset at the end of April if Congress does not renew funding. The Affordable Connectivity Program was implemented under the bipartisan infrastructure law, which was enacted in 2021. Advocates are looking at a bill before the Connecticut General Assembly on broadband internet service that they argue could serve as a “backstop” if the ACP goes away. Senate Bill 3 would, among other things, require certain companies to provide internet service that is affordable. 

Federal internet benefits at risk in CT. Could a state bill fill in gaps?