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Impact of CAF II-funded Networks

A new Blandin Foundation report finds that telecommunications companies relying only on Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America Fund (CAF II) to build broadband networks in rural Minnesota will not equip residents with speeds that meet

Discounted Phones Save Lives of Homeless LGBT Teens — Now They Might Be Taken Away

Nationwide, nearly two in five homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. That adds up to 650,000 young people on our streets who face special risk of bullying, discrimination, and assault.

FCC Announces Initial Six-State Launch of Lifeline National Verifier

The Federal Communications Commission announced that the National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier database (National Verifier) is now operational in Colorado, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. 

CBO Scores the Rural Reasonable and Comparable Wireless Access Act of 2018

The Rural Reasonable and Comparable Wireless Access Act of 2018 (S 2418) would direct the Federal Communications Commission to conduct a rulemaking to establish a national standard for Universal Service Fund programs to use when determining whethe

Chairman Pai's Rural Health Care Proposal Receives Majority Support

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that a majority of Commissioners have voted in favor of his proposal to increase funding for the Universal Service Fund’s Rural Health Care Program by $171 million a year. “Telemedicine

FCC Chairman Pai Responds to Congress on Tribal Lands Lifeline Program

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai sent a letter to Rep.

FCC Chairman Pai Responds to Congress on Lifeline

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai sent letters to Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) and six other members of Congress and Rep.

FCC Exempts Rural Carriers from Universal Service Fund Contributions

The Federal Communications Commission set aside enforcement of rules, granting a petition for forbearance that will, in effect, waive the requirement for small, rural carriers to contribute to the Universal Service Fund on their broadband Internet

Chairman Pai Proposes Funding Increase for Rural Health Care Program

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that he has circulated a draft order to his colleagues that would take immediate action to significantly increase funding for the Universal Service Fund’s Rural Health Care Program.

How The FCC Will Make It Harder For Domestic Violence Survivors To Get Help

When the National Network to End Domestic Violence polled nearly 300 domestic violence prevention programs, it found that 77 percent of domestic violence prevention programs distributed phones.