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Save Affordable Connectivity Program

Date: Mon, January 29, 2024

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If Congress doesn’t act quickly to Save the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) families who receive free and reduced cost school lunch, veterans, and many other low-income consumers could lose their internet access. The ACP allows low-income students to learn online and others to receive medical care via telehealth. But these funds will run out in April.

You can help. You can tell your lawmakers to save the ACP.  There’s a bill before Congress—the Affordable Connectivity Program Extension Act (HR 6929/S 3565)—that would provide the funds to extend the program through 2024.

Please urge Congress to help financially-strapped consumers keep their internet access. 

 

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National Action

Contact Congress

Date: Mon, April 18, 2022

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You can use Consumer Action's free tool (Voter Voice) to email your elected officials in Congress and the Senate.

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Write letters to the editor

Date: Mon, April 18, 2022

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Do you ever feel like sounding off? Or is there a consumer issue that you feel demands wider attention? Consumer Action can help you identify and reach out to news outlets and editors on your home turf.

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National Legislation

S 1786: Rescuing Every Contributor from Unwanted Recurrences (RECUR) Act

Sponsor: Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) on May 24, 2021
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/117/s1786

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This legislation would ban political campaigns from automatically opting donors into recurring contributions through pre-checked boxes on online forms. A New York Times investigation found that online operatives have duped both GOP and Democratic voters, many elderly, into providing huge recurring donations.

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National Legislation

HR 4395: The Payment Choice Act

Sponsor: Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ) on Jul 9, 2021
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/117/hr4395

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To prohibit retail businesses from refusing cash payments, and for other purposes.

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National Legislation

S 2072: The UNSUBSCRIBE Act of 2021

Sponsor: Brian Schatz (D-HI), John Thune (R-SD), Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) on June 16, 2021
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/117/s2072

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Customers who have signed up for a free trial of online services or publications would be notified when the free period is ending, and reminded that they must opt out to avoid being billed for a full-price subscription.

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S 1260: COOL (country-of-origin labeling) Online Act

Sponsor: Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) on April 20, 2021
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/117/s1260

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The COOL Act, a standalone bill introduced in 2020, is part of the United States Innovation and Competition Act of 2021. This provision would ensure that consumers can learn where the products they purchase online are manufactured.

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National Legislation

S 1896: Algorithmic Justice and Online Transparency Act

Sponsor: Ed Markey (D-MA) on May 27, 2021
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/117/s1896

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he bill prohibits discrimination based on protected classes for algorithmic processes on online platforms, requires online platform companies to create and maintain documentation about their algorithms for review by the FTC, and sets out a standard for what safe and effective algorithmic processes would be.

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National Legislation

S 1720: Postal Service Reform Act

Sponsor: Gary Peters (D-MI) on May 19, 2021
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/117/s1720

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A bill to provide stability to and enhance the services of the United States Postal Service, and for other purposes.

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National Legislation

HR 166: Fair Lending for All Act

Sponsor: Al Green (D-TX) on May 12, 2021
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/117/hr166

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To establish an Office of Fair Lending Testing to test for compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, to strengthen the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and to provide for criminal penalties for violating such Act, and for other purposes.