Friday, June 19, 2015

F.C.C. Votes to Move Forward With Plan to Subsidize Broadband for Poor Americans

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted along party lines to approve a proposal to explore subsidizing broadband Internet for poor Americans. The plan, introduced last month by the agency’s Democratic chairman, Tom Wheeler, helps pave the way for sweeping changes to a $1.7 billion phone subsidy program.
 
Republicans have opposed extending the phone subsidy — known as Lifeline and initiated in 1985 under President Reagan — pointing to past instances of fraud in the program and suggesting that any expansion would generate more fraud. On Thursday, the two Republican commissioners delivered strongly-worded dissents.
 
“Adequate controls and deterrents against waste, fraud and abuse should be in place before considering expanding the program to broadband,” said Michael O’Rielly, a Republican commissioner.
 
More:  http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/06/18/f-c-c-votes-to-move-forward-with-plan-to-subsidize-broadband-for-poor-americans/
 
 

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