Items tagged "Lifeline"

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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 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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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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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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Thousands Support Expanding Lifeline to Broadband in Petitions Submitted to FCC

March 23, 2016 Broadband , FCC , Lifeline , Lifeline Modernization

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.

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