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How the Trump FCC Is Disconnecting the Poor

March 8, the Voices for Internet Freedom coalition hosted a briefing for members of Congress and their staff about the disastrous policies the Federal Communications Commission is moving forward that would make it harder for poor people to access

FCC Names NY Commissioner Sayre to Joint Board on Universal Service

The Federal Communications Commission appoints the Honorable Gregg C. Sayre, Commissioner, New York State Public Service Commission, to serve on the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service.

New York City Council Suggests FCC Reconsider Changes to Lifeline Program

The Council of the City of New York sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on March 13, 2018, to urge the FCC to reverse course on recent and proposed actions regarding the Lifeline program.

Remarks of Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel at National League of Cities Congressional City Conference

[Speech} You are a force for optimism—and I want to harness your energies this morning to help solve what I call the Homework Gap.

Critics on both the left and right say Ajit Pai’s FCC is hurting poor people

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai says he wants to help poor people.

Remarks of Commissioner Clyburn, "The FCC's War on the Poor", at Voices for Internet Freedom Coalition

The last time we spoke, you kindly permitted me to go off-script, to talk about how the Federal Communications Commission is proposing to destroy the Lifeline program.

Closing the School Broadband Gap

[Commentary] Two-hundred forty-five days. School districts are waiting this long for the Federal Communications Commission to make decisions on the fate of funding to bring fiber connectivity to their classrooms.

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.