Virginia Senators seek funding extension for affordable internet program

Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined 30 of their colleagues in urging leadership to extend funding for the Affordable Connectivity Program.

This program was created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure law and advocated for by the Senators to lower high speed internet costs for low-income Americans.

The program currently enrolls 420,000 Virginians with another one million households eligible.

The letter addressed to Congressional leaders sites the need for the program which serves 21 million families with financial assistance to help bridge the digital divide so they can afford services they need for work, school, health care and more.

The program provides a monthly discount of up to $30.00 off internet service and equipment.

Qualifying rural communities and Tribal Lands may receive a monthly discount of up to $75.00.

Participants also can receive a one time discount of up to $100 off a laptop, desktop, or tablet.

Without an extension, the 21 million families that rely on the program could lose affordable broadband services.

A lapse in funding could also cause previously enrolled families to reenroll which would create unnecessary obstacles.

Virginians can go to to sign up and find participating providers in the area.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.