Bipartisan $7 billion extension of FCC broadband subsidy program introduced as it faces expiration

A bipartisan group of senators and representatives introduced legislation that would provide an extension of funding for a program meant to ensure that low-income households have access to broadband internet but that has been criticized by conservatives as wasteful.

The bill introduced Wednesday, the Affordable Connectivity Program Extension Act, would provide an additional $7 billion in funding to the Affordable Connectivity Program, which offers more than 22 million households in the United States a $30 per month subsidy that can be put toward fixed or mobile broadband providers.

“I’m introducing the Affordable Connectivity Program Extension Act so more folks can connect to the internet they need,” Sen. Peter Welch posted on X, formerly Twitter.

The legislation was sponsored by Sens. Welch (D-VT), J.D. Vance (R-OH), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), and Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Reps. Yvette Clarke (D-NY)
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