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LIFELINE MODERNIZATION: FCC Decision to Modernize Lifeline Program Extends Internet Access to Low-Income Families Article

April 05, 2016

Low-income families will soon be able to purchase reduced internet access thanks to a March 31 vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to modernize its Lifeline program. Previously, the thirty-year-old Lifeline provided a discount on monthly telephone service to eligible low-income households, but it did not support internet access.

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Digital Equity

MODERNIZING LIFELINE: FCC to Consider Proposal to Expand Broadband Access to Low-Income Families Article

March 22, 2016

On March 8, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler and FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn unveiled a proposal to modernize the FCC’s Lifeline program to include access to broadband for low-income families. Currently, Lifeline provides a discount on monthly telephone service to eligible low-income households, but it does not support broadband access. The FCC will vote on the proposal during its March 31 meeting.

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