Policy

FCC Expands Lifeline's Scope to Include Broadband

Apr 5, 2016

USING A LIFELINE: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed a reform measure on March 31 that allows the Lifeline program to discount low-income families' internet and phone service plans. According to Fierce Telecom, the measure, which had failed to pass the committee once before, won in a 3-2 vote among committee members. 

Under the new agreement, Lifeline will cover broadband internet, bundled voice and data plans or standalone phone service packages and sets a minimum of 25 Mbps for hardwired internet access and 4G LTE for mobile. The rollout date for the expansion is as yet unspecified. 

A key reason for the expansion, committee members stated, was closing the "homework gap," the disparity in internet access that prevents some students from completing their assignments.

Policy

FCC Expands Lifeline's Scope to Include Broadband

Apr 5, 2016

USING A LIFELINE: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed a reform measure on March 31 that allows the Lifeline program to discount low-income families' internet and phone service plans. According to Fierce Telecom, the measure, which had failed to pass the committee once before, won in a 3-2 vote among committee members. 

Under the new agreement, Lifeline will cover broadband internet, bundled voice and data plans or standalone phone service packages and sets a minimum of 25 Mbps for hardwired internet access and 4G LTE for mobile. The rollout date for the expansion is as yet unspecified. 

A key reason for the expansion, committee members stated, was closing the "homework gap," the disparity in internet access that prevents some students from completing their assignments.

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