Today, the Federal Communications Commission took a major step to help all Americans connect to the Internet. The FCC voted to adopt an Order that, for the first time, allows low-income subscribers to use the Lifeline subsidy to help pay for critical Internet service that connects us all to education, jobs, healthcare, commerce, and other services.
Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to modernize the low-income telephone subsidy, Lifeline, to support broadband Internet access. Public Knowledge supports updating the Lifeline program to make broadband more affordable for millions of low-income Americans and to help end the digital divide.
Today, Public Knowledge joined MAG-Net, Communications Workers of America, Color of Change, and OC Inc. in submitting more than 20,000 signatures to the Federal Communications Commission urging the agency to expand its low-income phone subsidy program, Lifeline, to broadband Internet. The petitions will be added to the public record, which the Commissioners will consider before they vote on the Lifeline modernization proposal at the March 31 Open Meeting. Public Knowledge supports modernizing Lifeline to include broadband Internet as the new essential communications tool for the 21st century.
Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced he is circulating an agenda item modernizing the Lifeline program for a vote at the Commission’s March 31 open meeting. Last spring, the Commission proposed to update the low-income access telephone program, Lifeline, to also include broadband Internet access. Public Knowledge supports updating the Lifeline program to help make broadband more affordable for low-income Americans.
Today, Public Knowledge joined a broad cross-section of public interest groups and broadband providers in a letter to support the Federal Communications Commission’s goal of bringing the Lifeline phone subsidy program into the modern era by extending the subsidy to broadband service.