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Advocates for school internet access sound alarm over FCC program

A federal program intended to help school districts attain better access to the internet is under fire. Advocates for connectivity say the Federal Communications Commission is leaving many rural districts in limbo with long delays and denials.

Could blockchain technology save Lifeline?

[Commentary] For all of the good intentions of the Federal Communications Commission, state utility regulators, and Lifeline advocates, numerous academic studies have demonstrated that the program is ineffective.

Chairman Pai’s supporters say he’s gone too far with plan that hurts poor people

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai can usually count on support from broadband industry lobbyists and conservative think tanks each time he announces a new policy.

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Voices for Internet Freedom Coalition and Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI)

Date: 
Thu, 03/08/2018 - 12:00 to 13:30

In light of recent decisions by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), I invite you to join the Voices for Internet Freedom Coalition, a coalition of organizations fighting to protect the digital rights of communities of color, for a lunch briefing focused on Lifeline, Net Neutrality, and other recent FCC decisions. The briefing will be held Thursday, March 8th from 12:00 – 1:30 pm in Rayburn 2044.



Lifeline’s proposed reseller ban will likely harm low-income households

[Commentary] The Lifeline program is one of the Federal Communications Commission’s most important, most noble ventures.

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National Hispanic Media Coalition, National Consumer Law Center, Public Knowledge and UCC OC, Inc

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Fri, 03/02/2018 - 10:00

The digital divide disproportionately impacts low-income Americans, and current proposals to Lifeline could make that reality even worse.



'Closing The Digital Divide': Connecting The Least Connected In Texas

The Texas-Mexico border is one of the least connected in the US.  A map from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas shows border counties bathed in bright red, meaning less than 60 percent have home access.

Groups Mass Against Lifeline Changes

The Federal Communications Commission is getting major pushback on its vote to revamp the Lifeline communications subsidy program.

Remarks of Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, Regional Smart Cities Forum

The Federal Communications Commission should create more incentives for companies to deploy service over fixed and mobile wireless networks to undercapitalized communities. One way we can do this, is by making wireless spectrum available through a

NARUC Opposes FCC's Proposed Changes to Lifeline Program

Resolution to Ensure that the Federal Lifeline Program Continues to Provide Service to LowIncome Households