MODERNIZING LIFELINE: FCC to Consider Proposal to Expand Broadband Access to Low-Income Families ArticleMarch 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.
CLOSING THE “HOMEWORK GAP”: Nearly 200 School District Superintendents Urge FCC to Modernize Lifeline Program ArticleOctober 14, 2015
Nearly 200 school district superintendents urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to modernize the Lifeline program in an attempt to help close the “homework gap,” through a letter organized by the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission. The district leaders asked that Lifeline—which served more than 12 million households last year with discounted monthly telephone service—provide affordable, high-quality broadband service for low-income families so that students are able to access the internet at home.
“IF YOU REFORM IT, THEY WILL COME”: New Federal Funding for Wi-Fi Networks Sees High Demand from Nation’s Schools and Libraries, FCC Chairman Announces ArticleMay 26, 2015
On December 11, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to increase funding for the federal E-rate program by $1.5 billion annually to improve internet access in U.S. schools and libraries. The funding increase followed FCC action in July to target $1 billion annually to expand Wi-Fi connections in the nation’s schools and libraries, as well as programmatic reforms to make E-rate dollars go further, including increasing transparency on how they are spent and what prices are charged for E-rate services.