ACP Summit Recap - Network:On

ACP Summit Recap

Published June 23, 2023

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a critical tool as we seek to #Connect20. Network:On was proud to host “Closing the Digital Divide: The Affordable Connectivity Program on the Ground and in DC” with our partners Public Knowledge and New America’s Open Technology Institute. Our expert-filled event was perfectly timed as the White House kicked off a nationwide ACP Week of Action that same day.

Our event started off strong with the premiere Network:On’s video on the importance of digital navigators. Special thanks to Chrissie Powell of Byte Back (, Thu Nguyen of OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates (, and Valerie Franco of Human-I-T ( for taking the time to talk to us about the important work they’re doing. Check out the video!

Digital Adoption & the importance of Digital Navigators

Following the premiere of our Network:On video, we were thrilled to welcome NTIA Administrator Alan Davidson. We couldn’t agree more with what he said about the importance of affordable connectivity: “Affordability is not a luxury. It is a necessity.” We also received recorded remarks from Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina on how the ACP has impacted North Carolinians. 

We then heard from ACP practitioners Angela Siefer of NDIA, Angie Cooper of Heartland Forward, Abe Camez of Hoopa Valley Tribe, Natali Betancur of the Center for Digital Equity at Queens University Charlotte, and Alisa Valentin of the National Urban League. We had the chance to hear directly from the people who are on the ground getting folks signed up. We heard about challenges and success stories across the country, from the inner cities to rural areas to Tribal communities.

Our second panel featured Anita Banerji of Leadership Conference, Kathryn de Wit of Pew Charitable Trusts, Joshua Stager of Free Press, Jonathan Cannon of R Street, and Kim Keenan of the Digital Progress Institute on what it will take to get funding for ACP renewed. All sides of the ideological spectrum need to get on board – millions of Americans are using this program, and we cannot go backward and take this away from those who are connected.

Finally, we were thrilled to share a special video message from Vice President Kamala Harris!

Vice President Kamala Harris

If you missed the event and want to catch the whole exciting discussion(s), you can find a full recording below.

In addition to Network:On’s #Connect20 Digital Adoption Toolkit, several participants in the summit have created and curated resources on the Affordable Connectivity Program and closing the digital divide. Check them out:

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