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Why nearly 400,000 people in Missouri are about to lose their internet access

I remember when the Internet first became widely available to the public in the mid-1990s. Now it’s an aspect of life that many take for granted, but did you know that nearly 400,000 people in Missouri are about to lose that access unless something drastic happens soon?

Affordable internet was the FCC’s goal when the Affordable Connectivity Program began. Millions benefited from online access they would otherwise not have. There is only one very big problem, and that is urgent. Nearly 400,000 people in Missouri are about to lose that access as funding for this FCC program expires. Here is a map shared by Whistle Out of how many families in each state will be affected. In Missouri, more than 386,000 people will lose internet access.

Infographic, blow the whistle
Infographic, blow the whistle

The FCC says that for those in Missouri who rely on ACP, the phase-out will begin in May, when only partial reductions will be provided, and that’s only for some families. Unless new funding is provided, assistance with access to the internet will disappear completely from June 2024.

I am not aware of any new efforts in Congress to provide funding for the ACS program. As many in Missouri rely on internet access for work and/or education, let’s hope those who rely on lower costs to access them find a new way to get online.

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