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Scoop: Internet subsidy renewal bill coming tomorrow

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Jan 9, 2024
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Lawmakers are planning to introduce legislation to renew the Affordable Connectivity Program on Wednesday, sources familiar told Axios.

What's happening: Reps. Yvette Clarke and Brian Fitzpatrick will introduce the bill, which is expected to reauthorize the program at a level near the White House's $6 billion request.

  • Clarke in November said she would introduce ACP renewal legislation.
  • Sens. J.D. Vance and Peter Welch are working on companion legislation.

Why it matters: The FCC projects ACP funds will dry up in May, leaving nearly 23 million Americans without the monthly internet bill subsidy they've come to rely on.

  • The program's expiration would undermine bipartisan efforts to connect all Americans to the internet.

Yes, but: Republicans don't want to spend money and getting the $6 billion out the door will be an uphill climb.

  • Sources said more Republicans are stepping up to support reauthorization.

Of note: Bill text can always change before its introduction.

  • The offices of Clarke, Fitzpatrick and Welch declined a request for comment. Vance's office did not respond to a request for comment.
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