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Modernization of LifeLine Service – Broadband

The Senate Appropriations Committee has scheduled a hearing for AB1588: Modernization of LifeLine Service – Broadband.

GET INVOLVED:
READ THE CETF LETTERS OF SUPPORT FOR AB1588 JUNE 26, 2024.
SEND LETTER OF SUPPORT TO THE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE.
SUBSCRIBE TO CETF LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERTS

THE PROBLEM:
Almost 3 million households (2,803,589 as of January 1, 2024) of 5.8 million eligible households in California have been connected to the Internet through ACP—more families and individuals than in any other state. However, the existing federal funding of $14.2 billion for ACP allocated in the Infrastructure and Jobs Act (IIJA) is projected by the Federal Communications Commission to run out in mid-2024. That would leave more than 3 million low-income households in California without affordable, quality Internet service without action from the Legislature and Governor. While bi-partisan efforts continue in Congress to reauthorize ACP, the State of California needs to have a backstop to the federal government and a back-up plan should there be a delay in Congressional action.

THE SOLUTION: AB1588
This bill expands California LifeLine to broadband Internet services. AB1588 is a major missing piece of State policy required to close the Digital Divide and is essential to achieve Digital Equity in California. It also is a vital backstop and back-up plan to ensure that 5.8 million low-income, digitally-disadvantaged households have access to broadband Internet at home for participation in modern life and today’s economy.

WHY AB1588 MATTERS:
There is an urgency to act now as the federal Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP enrollment was frozen in February and subsidies ended in May). To date, no action has been taken by Congress to extend ACP. This leaves 5.8 million California households who were eligible for ACP without an assurance of affordable Internet service. Pass AB1588 now – access delayed is access denied!