Mar 10, 2016
CWA commended the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for taking the next step in modernizing the Lifeline program to include broadband. CWA has long advocated for the expansion of the Lifeline program to support broadband service.
Broadband is essential to full participation in today's economy and society. Students need home broadband to do their homework, and job applications are now online. While 92 percent of households with incomes over $100,000 have broadband service, only 47 percent of households with incomes below $25,000 subscribe to broadband. Updating the Lifeline program to include broadband will help close the digital divide and foster digital equality.
To be eligible for the subsidy, carriers must provide broadband service at a minimum speed of 10 megabits download and 1 megabit upload. The FCC will issue its final rule on March 29.