Support the Affordable Connectivity Program Extension Act of 2024
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Support the Affordable Connectivity Program Extension Act of 2024

To: Sen. Manchin, Rep. Miller, Sen. Capito

From: A constituent in Bluefield, WV

April 26

I am writing to you today as a concerned resident of Bluefield, West Virginia, urging your strong support for the Affordable Connectivity Program Extension Act of 2024 (S. 3565 and H.R. 6929). This critical legislation would provide $7 billion in much-needed funding for the FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), ensuring its continued operation throughout the rest of 2024. The ACP has been a lifeline for many West Virginians, particularly our senior population. Affordable internet access allows them to stay connected with loved ones, access vital health information and telehealth services, and participate in online activities that enrich their lives. In Bluefield, for example, the program has helped seniors connect with online communities focused on health and wellness, reducing feelings of isolation and promoting healthy aging. The looming end of the ACP funding would have a devastating impact on our community. Many seniors rely on the ACP discount to bridge the gap between their fixed incomes and the rising cost of internet service. Discontinuing this program would force them to choose between essential needs like food and medication and staying connected to the digital world. I implore you to champion the Affordable Connectivity Program Extension Act. A $7 billion investment will ensure that seniors in West Virginia and across the country can continue to reap the benefits of affordable internet access. Thank you for your time and consideration.

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