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‘Should have been done yesterday': Rural, older Americans could get hurt as affordable internet program runs out of cash

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For parents like Cindy Westman, the internet is a crucial tool for managing her daughter’s medical needs. However, in her small town of Eureka, Illinois, internet access is a challenge for many residents. The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) has provided assistance by covering home internet service costs for struggling Americans. However, the ACP is running out of funds, and Congress hasn’t approved more. This impending financial crisis could widen the digital divide and impact over 23 million households. The loss of subsidies could hinder access to healthcare, public benefits, and education for low-income households. The collapse of the ACP will affect nearly 60 million Americans.