Items tagged "Lifeline"

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Bill Investing $100 Billion to Close Digital Divide

July 1, 2020 Affordable Broadband , Broadband , Broadband Access , Digital Divide , Legislation , Lifeline

Today, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), co-chair of the Senate Broadband Caucus, introduced the “Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act” to invest $100 billion to close the digital divide.

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Public Knowledge Opposes FCC Move to Cap USF, Abandon Universal Service Mission

March 28, 2019 Digital Divide , FCC , Lifeline , Universal Service , USF

Recently, the Federal Communications Commission circulated a proposal to consider implementing a cap on the Universal Service Fund (USF), the federal government’s primary tool to help close the digital divide by funding broadband access and deployment in rural communities, affordable broadband for low-income families, and affordable connectivity for schools and libraries. Public Knowledge opposes capping the USF because it may hinder the FCC’s ability to fulfill its universal service mandate.

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Public Knowledge Files Reply Comments Opposing FCC Move to Abandon Low-Income Americans

March 26, 2018 Affordable Access , FCC , Lifeline

Last week, Public Knowledge filed reply comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry entitled, “Bridging the Digital Divide for Low-Income Consumers.” The NPRM & NOI propose to eliminate affordable broadband choices for millions of low-income and vulnerable families that participate in the Lifeline program.

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FCC Votes to Consider Rollback of Longstanding U.S. Commitment to Universal Service, Affordability

November 16, 2017 Broadband , FCC , Lifeline , Lifeline Modernization , Universal Service

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Fourth Report and Order, Order on Reconsideration, Memorandum Opinion and Order, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and Notice of Inquiry that would immediately eliminate affordable broadband choices for residents living on Tribal lands, and begin consideration of proposals that amount to an unprecedented rollback of America’s longstanding commitment to universal service and affordable basic telecommunications services for low-income families.

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Public Knowledge Responds to GAO Lifeline Report

June 29, 2017 Broadband , FCC , Lifeline , Lifeline Modernization

Today, the U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report on the Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline program’s application process. The GAO investigated multiple Lifeline providers and failed to confirm the eligibility of roughly a third of participants.

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Pie for Broadband Monopolies, Crumbs for Consumers

April 18, 2017 BDS , Broadband Privacy , Lifeline , Net Neutrality , Unlock the Box

This video draws attention to the growing list of giveaways by Congress and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Pai to large cable and telecommunications companies that act as local broadband monopolies.

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Public Knowledge Opposes FCC’s Halt of Lifeline Provider Application Approvals

March 29, 2017 FCC , Lifeline , Lifeline Modernization

Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the agency will soon initiate a proceeding to eliminate the existing streamlined process broadband providers follow to participate in the Lifeline program, and that he does not believe the Wireline Bureau should approve Lifeline Broadband Provider applications.

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Public Knowledge Joins Groups in Letter Urging FCC to Preserve Lifeline for the Poor

February 23, 2017 Broadband , Broadband Access , FCC , Lifeline , Rural Broadband

Today, Public Knowledge joins a coalition of more than 30 consumer advocacy and civil rights groups in a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Pai and Commissioners Clyburn and O’Reilly urging them to support the Lifeline program.

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Public Knowledge Responds to FCC Revoking Lifeline Broadband Provider Status

February 4, 2017 Broadband , FCC , Lifeline

Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai revoked the Lifeline Broadband Provider (LBP) status of nine broadband providers that had previously been granted LBP status to provide essential connectivity to low-income households under the Commission’s modernized Lifeline program.

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Public Knowledge Applauds FCC Vote to Modernize Lifeline for the 21st Century

March 31, 2016 Broadband , FCC , Lifeline , Lifeline Modernization

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.

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