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Chairman Pai Plans to Put an End to the U.S. Commitment to Universal Service and Affordability

November 16, 2017 Affordable Access , Broadband Access , FCC , Lifeline , Lifeline Modernization

Last year, the Federal Communications Commission voted to modernize the Lifeline program for the digital age to help low-income families, veterans, and children gain access to the internet. This week, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is poised to initiate steps to drastically roll back the program, ultimately leaving millions of Lifeline subscribers and eligible families without a service provider.

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Commissioner Pai’s Plan and the FCC Lifeline “Compromise” That Wasn’t

April 5, 2016 Broadband Access , FCC , Lifeline , Lifeline Modernization

Much has been made of the political theatre that surrounded the FCC’s recent vote to modernize the decades-old Lifeline program. A minority on the Commission is pushing a narrative with all the appeal of a particularly wonky House of Cards episode (without the sex and murder): frantic negotiation, last-minute compromises, staff all-nighters, strong-armed negotiation tactics, improper outside influence, and interference from Capitol Hill, the works. All the while they bemoaned the loss of a bipartisan compromise that, they claim, would have brought meaningful reform to the Lifeline program.

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Shrinking the Digital Divide: FCC Adopts Lifeline Broadband Subsidy

March 31, 2016 Broadband Access , Lifeline , Lifeline Modernization

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.

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Podcast

PK In The Know Podcast: Broadband Access and the Lifeline Program

October 13, 2015 Broadband , Broadband Access , FCC , Lifeline , Lifeline Modernization

PK In The Know Podcast: Broadband Access and the Lifeline Program

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