FCC set to propose $1.7b plan to offer poor families subsidized internet access


Mic Wright

May 29, 2015

This article originally appeared on The Next Web

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to propose a $1.7 billion plan to offer subsidized broadband internet access to low-income families.

The New York Times reports that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will outline the plan today. It involves making changes to Lifeline, a 30-year-old government program which helps poor Americans pay their phone bills.

According to senior officials, Wheeler will suggest giving recipients a choice of subsidized phone service, internet access or a mixture of both.

Lifeline is funded through a levy on landline and cellphone customers, but is not without controversy. Three men were charged last year with allegedly perpetrating a $32 million fraud against the scheme.

The FCC proposals are said to also include measures designed to combat abuses of the system.

F.C.C. Chief Seeks Broadband Plan to Aid the Poor [New York Times]


This article was written by Mic Wright from The Next Web and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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