ACP Internet Affordability Credit
By LUPE, April 11, 2024

The end of funding for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) has finally got here. This decision threatens to widen the digital divide in our rural working class families and deprive many families of essential resources.🚨

As you know, the Valley relies heavily on programs like the ACP to ensure that our residents have access to affordable internet services. However, instead of investing in programs that benefit our community, money continues to be poured into the over-militarization of our border under Operation Lone Star.👮‍♀️

Congress's decision to stop funding the ACP at the end of this month is dismaying and will have far-reaching consequences. It means the end of the $30 subsidy that Texas residents rely on, making it increasingly difficult for families to afford internet access. This not only widens the digital divide in our communities but also threatens access to job opportunities, education, and telehealth services.🏥🌐

In an article published by the Texas Tribune, LUPE’s Community Organizer, Marco Lopez, sheds light on the implications of the Save ACP Campaign and the potential ramifications of the end of funding for residents in the RGV, particularly those in disenfranchised communities. Marco emphasizes the profound impact that the loss of the subsidy could have, stating, “Some people have told me they might not get internet if [the subsidy] goes away. I don’t know what to tell them because it’s not just cutting off their internet; it’s cutting off their opportunities for jobs, for school, for telehealth.” 

Marco's words highlight the urgent need to preserve funding for programs like the Affordable Connectivity Program. Our members should not have to choose between paying for internet access and putting dinner on the table for their families. That's why we must act now! ✊📢

I urge you to join us in signing our petition to Save ACP. Petitions are the first step in mobilizing our community and bringing attention to this issue. We believe in the collective power of our community as we have seen members take action! Recently, Colonia Salida del Sol residents petitioned the County Pct. 3 Court for public lighting in their neighborhood after 6 years of living in complete darkness! Just this week, we celebrated the installed street lights in the Peñitas neighborhood! By uniting and organizing, we can push for the change we want to see in our RGV.

Together, let's create an RGV that prioritizes funding for disenfranchised communities rather than perpetuating the racial profiling of our families. Your support and action are crucial in this fight.

La Unión del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) is a community organization based in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. More posts

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