FCC puts an end to affordable internet program due to lack of funding

Oak Hill, WV (CNN)—The U.S. Government has canceled a popular program that helped millions of households afford internet service. 

The move comes after Republicans in Congress ignored calls by consumer advocates and Democratic lawmakers to approve more funding. 

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reports nearly one in five American households took advantage of the program.

With the cost of internet and Wi-Fi spiking, the closure could threaten to throw nearly 60 million Americans into financial distress. 

The FCC says the program officially shuts down on the first of June. 

Some lawmakers proposed bipartisan legislation to extend the program in the months leading up to the deadline. 

The bills languished as republican leaders showed little interest in the issue. 

 

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