On Monday, May 22, 2023 the American Consumer Institute held a discussion on how the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is strengthening the economy.

According to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), access to the internet can increase labor productivity, delivering as much as $160 billion in economic output per year. The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a federal program designed to ensure all Americans have the opportunity to participate in the digital economy.

 The American Consumer Institute was proud to host a panel discussion on how the ACP is increasing GDP and driving employment. Our expert panelists explored the impact the ACP has on communities across the country, why the ACP is successful compared to previous programs with similar goals, why the program has received bipartisan support, and much more.


  • Steve Pociask, President & CEO, American Consumer Institute (Moderator)
  • Roslyn Layton, Senior Vice President, Strand Consult
  • Mike O’Rielly, former Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
  • Randy May, Founder and President, Free State Foundation

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