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Capitol to Capitol | Jan. 29, 2024

January 29, 2024

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NCSL Update

NCSL Urges Lawmakers to Extend the Affordable Connectivity Program

In a letter to congressional leadership, NCSL expressed support for the bipartisan Affordable Connectivity Program Extension Act of 2024. This legislation would help ensure that the Affordable Connectivity Program can continue helping low-income families afford high-speed internet service. Congress established the program in 2021 to make broadband service available to lower-income households at discounted prices from providers who opt to participate. The program has provided affordable, high-speed internet to 23 million low-income individuals and families. Without additional funding, the program will terminate in April, imposing hardships on millions who have come to rely on the ACP to secure their high-speed internet service. NCSL also sent the letter of support to the bill’s co-sponsors in both the House and the Senate. Read NCSL's letter here.

CALL TO ACTION: Contact members of your congressional delegation and urge them to support the bipartisan, bicameral Affordable Connectivity Program Extension Act of 2024 or other efforts to extend funding for the ACP.

Administration Updates

Revamped FEMA Disaster Payments

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced significant changes to the Individual Assistance Program that will affect how disaster survivors receive assistance beginning March 22. This interim final rule is designed to improve the amount and speed at which assistance is delivered to individuals in a disaster zone. Reforms include providing upfront funds to cover immediate expenses, including housing for the displaced; removing Small Business Administration loan requirements; and increasing rebuilding funds for underinsured homeowners. FEMA may adjust this interim final rule after the public comment period closes on July 22. Read more

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