Low Income Broadband FCC Changes:
On Tuesday the FCC voted unanimously to make changes to its low income Lifeline program. Lifeline currently provides discounts to low income households for wireless or landline telephone services.
The changes will allow the low income discounts to apply to bundled broadband services making high speed Internet services more affordable to many US households with low levels of income. The FCC proposal would dedicate $25 million to help provide broadband services to low-income families.
From the FCC website:
Lifeline and Link Up: Affordable Telephone Service for Income-Eligible Consumers
The Lifeline program provides discounts on monthly telephone charges, and Link Up provides a discount on the cost of commencing telephone service for qualifying low-income households. Lifeline and Link Up are supported by the federal Universal Service Fund (USF). The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), with the help of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), administers the USF. Here are some frequently asked questions about the Lifeline and Link Up programs.
This program is part of the 9 billion dollar Universal Service Fund created in 1997 by the FCC to meet congressional mandates resulting from the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to subsidize telephone and Internet service in rural areas.
Additional discounts are available to qualified subscribers living on Tribal lands.
For more information on low-income support, visit www.universalservice.org/li