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Gillibrand Introduces $6B Bill to Extend Affordable Internet Program


A federal program that provides financial assistance to low-income households to help them afford high-speed internet is being introduced in Washington by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. The Secure and Affordable Broadband Extension Act would provide $6 billion for the Affordable Connectivity Program and continue providing this discount to families in need.

“The Affordable Connectivity Program provided a lifeline for millions of Americans. By slashing the cost of an internet connection, it connected rural Americans, seniors, and low-income households to job boards, remote work opportunities, online classes, telehealth appointments, and so much more,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Now that the program has expired, these Americans are forced to pay full price for internet – an unaffordable option for many – or lose access to broadband services entirely. I’m fighting to pass the Secure and Affordable Broadband Extension Act to provide $6 billion for this critical program that nearly 2 million New York households rely on. This bill has broad bipartisan support and I look forward to working with my colleagues across the aisle to get it passed as soon as possible.”

The Secure and Affordable Broadband Extension Act would provide eligible households with a monthly discount of up to $30 per month off the cost of internet service. On qualifying Tribal lands, the monthly discount may be up to $75 per month.

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