Press Release Archives

Benton Welcomes Lifeline Proceeding, Urges Implementation of Program to Ensure Affordable Broadband

On March 2, the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau sought comments on a request for consideration filed by the Benton Foundation and many other public interest groups of the decision to deny nine companies from participating in the FCC’s Lifeline program which makes telecommunications services – including broadband – more affordable for people with low incomes.

Sohn Examines FCC Chairman Pai's Lifeline Reversal and Impact on the Digital Divide

Gigi Sohn is an internationally-known communications attorney and former Counselor to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Currently, she is an Open Society Foundations Leadership in Government Fellow. In the coming months, Ms. Sohn will be writing articles for Benton's Digital Beat examining the importance of open, democratic, accessible, and affordable communications networks.

Public Interest Groups Blast FCC Lifeline Reversals

On February 3, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission informed nine companies that they will not be allowed to participate in Lifeline, a federal program that makes broadband internet access service more affordable for low-income consumers. The move came just weeks after the FCC informed these companies that they would be able to participate.

Benton Foundation Welcomes FCC's Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee

On January 31, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced the formation of a new federal advisory committee to explore ways to accelerate deployment of broadband nationwide and to close the digital divide. The following may be attributed to Benton Foundation Director of Policy Amina Fazlullah:

The Benton Foundation is pleased to see that the top priority of new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is accelerating broadband deployment and closing the digital divide. The Benton Foundation shares the same priority.

Benton Statement on Ajit Pai Being Designated 34th Chairman of the FCC

Benton Statement on Ajit Pai Being Designated 34th Chairman of the FCC

On January 23, 2017, Ajit Pai thanked President Trump for designating him the 34th Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. The following statement may be attributed to Benton Foundation Director of Policy Amina Fazullah:

The Benton Foundation urges Chairman Ajit Pai to keep vulnerable communities in mind as he commits to bringing the benefits of the digital age to all Americans.