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Modernizing Lifeline Program to Provide Affordable Broadband for Low-Income Families

Federal Flash: Digital Equity and the Lifeline Program

Great news!

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on March 31 to modernize the Lifeline program to include internet access for low-income families. Read the FCC’s press release to learn more.

Lifeline Connectivity


Lifeline is a federal program that provides low-income families $9.25 every month to help reduce the cost of phone service. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering allowing families to use this subsidy to pay for internet access at home so that students are better equipped to do well in school.

For more information on Lifeline modernization, view the Alliance’s Lifeline fact sheet.

Read the proposal by FCC Chairman Wheeler & FCC Commissioner Clyburn to modernize Lifeline to provide affordable broadband for low-income families.

To learn more about digital equity and access, visit www.digitallearningday.org/access.

Additional Resources

Lifeline Recommendation Recommendations for Lifeline modernization:

Recommendations submitted by the Alliance for Excellent Education to the FCC regarding the proposal to expand broadband access to low-income households through the modernization of the Lifeline program. Download the recommendations.

Lifeline Recommendation Superintendents’ letter on Lifeline modernization:

Nearly 200 school district superintendents signed a letter organized by the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission urging the FCC to modernize the Lifeline program to provide broadband service for low-income households. Download the letter.

Lifeline Recommendation Op-Ed: Equitable Web Access Will Close Learning Gap

Seminole Schools Chief Walt Griffin sings the praises of equal Internet access in opinion piece for Orlando Sentinel. The FCC is considering a proposal to modernize the federal 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 provide support for broadband access. Read the Article.

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