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.

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).

To encourage participation from a wide variety of interested parties, the roundtable can be viewed live or replayed later by visiting 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

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).