Digital Divide

A broad range of groups supported modernization of the Lifeline low-income subsidy program in comments filed in response to the Federal Communications Commission?s (FCC) proposal to update the Lifeline program to include broadband. Modernizing the program, the groups agreed, would help achieve the program?s goal of delivering modern communications services to low-income families, allowing full participation in 21st century life.
In joint comments to the FCC, CWA and the AFL-CIO supported the Commission's proposal to update the Lifeline program to include broadband and promote the affordability of broadband services to low-income families.

Not only did the story report the company?s broken promises, it questioned whether Verizon has chosen to bypass less affluent neighborhoods.

The money will help the carriers expand 10/1 Mbps broadband service to a combined 3.4 million homes and businesses in rural locations across 36 states.
In public hearings convened by the New York Public Service Commission across the state, elected officials and community leaders sent a clear message: Verizon is leaving our communities behind.
Private sector initiatives like Comcast?s Internet Essentials and AT&T?s commitment to offer affordable options are steps in the right direction to reduce the economic barriers to broadband access. But less than half of households in the lowest-income quintile have Internet at home.
One in four Pennsylvania households don?t have Internet at home. According to a recent local report, families face many challenges without broadband and modern communications services.
Broadband is a necessity for all Americans, including low-income households.
The partnership between federal programs, Internet service providers, and local governments will extend high-speed broadband to low-income households, closing the homework gap and providing more Americans with digital opportunity.
The union praised the outcome of an FCC vote, which moves forward the rule-changing process to expand the Lifeline program to include broadband.