Lifeline threatened at FCC

Lifeline threatened at FCC

Posted November 9th, 2017 by seanm

Access Humboldt joins effort to protect Lifeline program

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is taking up proposals from FCC Chair Ajit Pai to overhaul and deconstruct the Lifeline program for low income access to communication networks.

Access Humboldt works with the Lifeline coalition, a group of public interest groups engaged at the FCC to inform the regulatory process who are now expressing deep concerns about the proposal, saying it "will severely destabilize the program and erode Lifeline's promise to bring affordable communications services to low-income households, Tribal households, veterans, the elderly, and people with disabilities."

That Lifeline coalition letter is attached below and also available online here:

Another letter authored by the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition ( was also joined by Access Humboldt, saying: "Schools, libraries, health care providers and other community anchor institutions are strong supporters of digital equity. Many anchor institutions are working with their communities to promote digital literacy, close the homework gap, and promote telemedicine to the home. The NPRM’s proposals to eliminate the option for consumers to purchase broadband-only service, to place an arbitrary cap on the size of the Lifeline program, to exclude resellers, and other proposed changes will widen the digital divide rather than closing it."

SHLB's letter is attached below as well.

For more information contact Sean McLaughlin at e: or c: 707-616-2381.

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