African American Mayors Association Urges Congress To Extend Funding For Affordable High-Speed Internet Access
Published on January 26, 2024
WASHINGTON, DC – The African American Mayors Association (AAMA) today issued a strong appeal to U.S. Congressional Leaders for the immediate extension of funding for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). This call to action underscores the ACP’s vital role in providing essential internet access to millions of underserved Americans.
With ACP funds set to run out by April, AAMA’s call is beyond urgent. The continuation of the ACP is not only an investment in technology but also in the future and potential of our communities.
“In today’s interconnected world, affordable high-speed internet is as essential as electricity was a century ago. It is the gateway, a vital bridge to the resources that shape our lives – education, healthcare, and economic growth,” said AAMA President and Mount Vernon, NY Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard. “For millions, particularly in our Black and brown communities, the ACP is not just a program, but a promise of opportunity. As its funding teeters on the edge, we stand together as mayors, calling on Congress with urgency and resolve to renew and sustain this fundamental pillar of a modern society.”
The ACP has been pivotal in connecting nearly 23 million low-income households, offering a bridge over the digital divide that disproportionately affects communities of color. The program’s inclusive approach, available irrespective of credit status or prior debt, makes it crucial for maintaining digital equality. AAMA’s support for the bipartisan Affordable Connectivity Program Extension Act, seeking an additional $7 billion for the ACP, demonstrates their commitment to digital equity and community empowerment.