ACP Rally and Next #B4DE Event Spotlight Broadband Affordability

Building for Digital Equity

Next week an array of public interest groups, federal lawmakers, FCC officials, and digital equity advocates will converge on the Shaw/Watha T. Daniel Library in the nation’s capital for an Affordable Connectivity Program Rally.

Organized by Public Knowledge, Civic Nation, National Hispanic Media Coalition, National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA), Digital Progress Institute, and Broadband Breakfast, the event will be held on April 30 beginning at 11:30 AM ET and will highlight the importance of the ACP and what happens if Congress allows the popular subsidy program to expire.

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They will be joined by U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke, U.S. Sen. Peter Welch, FCC Commissioner Anna Gomez, and FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks as the rally aims to bolster the chances of a discharge petition making its way to a House floor vote to extend the ACP in the face of reluctant GOP leadership.

The rally will be livestreamed by Broadband Breakfast here.

In the weeks following the rally, the focus on what digital equity advocates across the nation are doing to address broadband affordability beyond the ACP will bring together frontline digital inclusion practitioners from across the nation for the next Building For Digital Equity (#B4DE) event.

Co-hosted by NDIA and the Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR) Community Broadband Networks Initiative, the popular (and free) virtual gathering will be held on June 10, 2024 from 3 to 4:15 PM ET.

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Registration for #B4DE is now open here.

With ACP running out of funds in the coming weeks and the increasingly slim chance Congress will extend the program (at least until the end of 2024), the June #B4DE will feature the timely theme: “Pathways to Affordable Connectivity.”

The agenda will be packed with practical insights from frontline digital inclusion practitioners from across the nation sharing a variety of approaches that address broadband affordability and the pressing need for creating sustainable solutions for communities.

While the event attendance is free, available slots fill up fast. We encourage anyone interested in joining the event to save the date and register here now.