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Lifeline: Bringing Broadband into the 21st Century

September 30, 2015 FCC , Lifeline , Tech Transitions

Last month, Public Knowledge filed comments urging the Federal Communications Commission to modernize its Lifeline program to support broadband Internet access service. Today, we submitted reply comments to explain that the FCC has overwhelming support to move forward and update the program.

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Public Knowledge Supports Adding Broadband to FCC Lifeline Program

September 1, 2015 Broadband Access , FCC , Lifeline

In recent years, broadband Internet access service has become essential for Americans to participate in economic life and society. Although most Americans subscribe to some type of Internet service, low-income households adopt broadband at significantly lower rates than those with higher incomes. Less than half of households with incomes below $25,000 per year have broadband service, while 95 percent of those earning over $150,000 have access. As a result, families who are already economically disadvantaged are falling farther behind.

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Why The Arts Community Should Care About The Lifeline Program (And What We Can Do To Improve It)

August 18, 2015 Broadband Access , FCC , Lifeline

Artists, take note: There are some possible changes coming to federal communications policy that would have a positive impact on the lives of individuals and families across the country. Better yet, the arts community has a chance to insert its voice in the policy discourse.

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Lifeline: Tools for Building an Inclusive Society

June 18, 2015 Broadband Access , Digital Divide , FCC , Lifeline

When was the last time you made a doctor appointment, enrolled your children in school, or scheduled an interview for a job without using a telephone? Chances are, you used a telephone to call the doctor and potential employer, and your daughter’s school required you to write down a telephone number for emergency contact. Having access to a telephone has long been a societal requirement to complete basic daily functions. But increasingly, telephone access alone is not sufficient.

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