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80 House members: update Lifeline for broadband!

“In order to fulfill its purpose of meeting the changing needs of low-income Americans, the FCC should update the program to reflect the increasing importance of the Internet,” the letter says. Read More »

FCC Broadband Report: 34 million Americans lack broadband access

The report found that there continues to be a significant urban-rural digital divide. While only four percent of urban Americans lack access to broadband with 25/3 Mbps speeds, 39 percent of Americans living in rural areas lack broadband access. In rural Tribal Lands, the statistic is even worse: 68 percent of residents lack access. Read More »

AT&T may expand fiber build beyond 14 million FTTP sites

The company sees new opportunities to bundle broadband with video service now that AT&T has integrated DirecTV. Read More »

FCC Chairman: Lifeline for broadband coming in “not too distant future”

Updating Lifeline to include high-speed Internet is an important step toward fulfilling the FCC's century-old commitment to universal communications access. Read More »

Libraries work to close the digital divide

Public libraries are increasing their role in community broadband adoption, according to a recent National Digital Alliance Inclusion report. Read More »

FCC: Broadband deployment is too slow

High-speed broadband isn’t being deployed in a “reasonable and timely fashion,” according to Chairman Wheeler’s draft of the 2016 Broadband Progress Report. Read More »

Home broadband adoption declines for the first time

According to a new Pew study, home broadband subscriptions declined for the first time ever in 2015, down from 70% in 2013 to 67% this year, mainly due to monthly costs. Read More »

44 mayors, city leaders urge FCC to modernize Lifeline for broadband

The elected leaders urged the FCC ensure the Lifeline program meets its goal of connecting low-income households with modern communications services. In modernizing the program to include broadband the FCC must reject co-payment schemes and program caps that would depress participation, and it must embrace customer choice by supporting fixed voice services and wireless voice services along with broadband services. Read More »

State, local, tribal governments advisory committee supports Lifeline modernization

The Intergovernmental Advisory Committee filed comments in support of the FCC’s proposal to update the Lifeline program to include broadband, agreeing that high-speed Internet is a modern communications necessity. Read More »

Digital Learning Equity Act would close homework gap

The bipartisan bill aims to increase out-of-school access to digital learning resources. Read More »

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