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FCC Modernizes Lifeline Program for the Digital Age

Posted on 06/27/2016

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has modernized and reformed its Lifeline program External link opens in new window or tab to help low-income consumers afford access to broadband Internet access. Lifeline is a program that has helped make telephone service affordable for low-income Americans since 1985.

OCTAE has long championed increased access to the Internet for teachers, students, and classrooms, spreading the word of opportunities such as ConnectED External link opens in new window or tab, ConnectHome External link opens in new window or tab, and EveryoneOn External link opens in new window or tab. We recognize the importance of Internet access to increase the rigor and relevance of classroom teaching and homework; make learning anytime, anywhere a possibility for all; and provide families with connections to information, civic opportunity, health information, and consumer savings.

According to the Pew Research Center External link opens in new window or tab, just over 30 percent of households whose incomes fall below $50,000 and with children ages 6 to 17 do not have a high-speed internet connection at home, and this low-income group makes up about 40% of all families with school-age children in the United States.

To learn more about the Lifeline program for low-income Americans, visit https://www.fcc.gov/general/lifeline-program-low-income-consumers External link opens in new window or tab.

Source: OCTAE Blog post on April 2, 2016 External link opens in new window or tab