Friday, April 1, 2016

FCC approves adding broadband to LIfeline program


Low income residents in Wonder Valley may soon be able to purchase broadband internet for as low as $9.25 a month.  Users would be able to use Skype (internet telephone), watch movies, pay bills, keep up on local, national and international news, and just generally enjoy the Internet.

The FCC writes,

"Lifeline is the FCC's program to help make communications services more affordable for low-income consumers. Currently, Lifeline provides subscribers a discount on monthly telephone service purchased from participating providers in the marketplace. On March 31, 2016, the FCC approved rules to modernize Lifeline so that subscribers can also purchase discounted broadband from participating providers. Discounts will apply to stand-alone broadband, bundled voice-broadband packages - either fixed or mobile - and stand-alone voice service. Watch this page for an announcement of when these new rules take effect. These modernizations will help ensure that low-income consumers can afford 21st-century broadband and the access it provides to jobs, education and opportunities."
For more information see:
https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/lifeline-support-affordable-communications

1 comment:

  1. A good thing and about time too. A lot of low-income folks are left out of the advantages that the Internet brings of educational and social resources.

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