Broadband Pilot Programs for Low-Income Consumers (updated)

Broadband Pilot Programs for Low-Income Consumers

Wireline Competition Bureau
Federal Communications Commission
June 23, 2010
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Contact:
If you are interested in participating, please contact Rebekah Bina or Elise Kohn, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau at (202) 418-7400 (voice), or (202) 418-0484 (tty).
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-1041A1.doc

To encourage participation from a wide variety of interested parties, the roundtable can be viewed live or replayed later by visiting http://reboot.fcc.gov/live/. During the event, the public can submit comments and questions by emailing [email protected] or via Twitter with hashtag #fcclive. Further details, background documents, and presentations can be found on the workshop website at http://reboot.fcc.gov/workshops.

Additionally, interested parties can listen to the roundtable discussion via telephone by calling the following audio bridge:
Phone Number: 1-866-566-7390
Participant code: 4732812

The National Broadband Plan recommended that the Federal Communications Commission facilitate pilot programs for low-income consumers that will "produce actionable information to implement the most efficient and effective long-term broadband support mechanism." This roundtable will initiate a discussion among interested parties about how to design broadband pilot programs for low-income consumers.

The Wireline Competition Bureau encourages participation from a wide variety of interested parties, including representatives from, but not limited to, academia, social service agencies, consumer advocate organizations, state governmental entities, tribal governments and/or organizations, and industry.

The format of the roundtable will be a facilitated discussion led by Commission staff. During the roundtable, staff will solicit input from attendees on issues relating to pilot design, such as:

• Pilot program goals and potential obstacles to achieving those goals
• Criteria for, and selection of, carriers to participate in pilot programs
• Criteria for, and selection of, consumers to participate in pilot programs
• Scope and duration of pilot programs
• Metrics to measure accomplishment of goals

Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Include a description of the accommodation you will need and a way we can contact you if more information is needed. Last-minute requests will be accepted, but may not be possible to fill. Send an e-mail to [email protected] or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), or (202) 418-0432 (tty).