the lifeline program

washingtonpost.com
The FCC is stopping 9 companies from providing federally subsidized Internet to the poor
And it could signal broader restrictions for the program known as Lifeline.
By https://www.facebook.com/brian.d.fung

These days you need internet access to apply for a job, apply for benefits, do homework, and more. This makes libraries more essential than ever. “Limiting the Lifeline program, at this moment in time, exacerbates the digital divide. It doesn’t address it in any positive way.”

Imagine if:

Taylor gave up the whole ‘space travel’ thing but instead became a teacher, preferably a high school one because that’s where there’s astronomy classes and like the juicy drama stuff. And after he starts teaching, he gets a after school club for space nerds and he and a bunch of student get together and just talks about space and such the whole time.

There’s not a doubt that I’d be the first to sign up.

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In 2016, broadband isn’t a privilege — it’s a necessity

Access to it can make or break someone’s ability to find a job, reeducate herself or keep in touch with loved ones. In order to bring it to more people, the government is proposing a radical addition to American welfare benefits.

On the morning of Thursday, March 31, at an open meeting, the FCC will vote on whether or not to expand an old program called Lifeline to give families a $9.25 monthly subsidy toward putting broadband in their home.

It’s a step in the right direction. It’s also an extremely flawed solution.