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?Connectivity is a path to greater opportunity,? the initiative?s announcement read. ?In today?s world, broadband and fluency with technology fuel economic growth, provide access to the world?s knowledge, promote skill development, and build stronger and more connected communities.?
The bipartisan bill aims to increase out-of-school access to digital learning resources.
CWA and the AFL-CIO, civil rights groups, public interest and consumer organizations, education advocates and library associations all filed comments at the FCC urging the agency to modernize the low-income subsidy program to support broadband services, quality standards, and to establish a neutral third-party eligibility verifier.
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.
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.
A recent study from the Pew Research Center found that roughly 1/3 of low-income households with children do not have access to high-speed Internet.
As AT&T continues to add 1 Gbps cities, CenturyLink is finding their FTTP service is gaining favor with Utah school districts and telecommuters.
The New York Public Library will help to bridge the digital divide by allocating 10,000 Wi-Fi hotspots to low-income families.
School officials in Tennessee have found that merely handing out iPads and Chromebooks does not in itself close the digital divide.
FCC Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel indicate support to extend Lifeline universal service to broadband.