[Commentary] The Lifeline program is one of the Federal Communications Commission’s most important, most noble ventures.
[Commentary] One of the internet’s most important qualities is that it slashes transaction costs to a bare minimum.
“Our national journey from the county poorhouse of the nineteenth century to the digital poorhouse today reveals a remarkably durable debate between those who wish to eliminate and alleviate poverty and those who blame, imprison, and punish the poor.”
Today, automated systems control which neighborhoods get policed, which families obtain needed resources, and who is investigated for fraud. While we all live under this new regime of data analytics, the most invasive and punitive systems are aimed at the poor.
With a great amount of fanfare, Google picked Kansas City as its first Google Fiber city in July 2012. But the community’s commitment to full digital inclusion predates and runs much deeper than Google Fiber.
For many low-income Americans, internet connectivity is a struggle.
Under changes the Federal Communications Commission recently proposed, fewer people may receive subsidized broadband service under the Lifeline program.
The summit highlights how the intersection of media, telecom, and tech policy impacts us all, from the digital elite to our most vulnerable communities. Thought leaders from government, industry, and advocacy groups address the top issues:
[Comentary] The Federal Communications Commission GOP majority did what it was intended to do with net neutrality, which was ignore overwhelmingly positive public support across political affiliations and kill the policy anyway.
The federal government is going to make it even more difficult for people on Tribal Lands to be connected to the wider world.
Federal Communications Commission Changes Tribal Lands Eligibility for Lifeline Program Without Tribal Consultation
On November 16, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a Report & Order to change its definition of “rurality” for Tribal lands eligible for the enhanced Tribal subsidy of the Lifeline Program.