Connected Nation Statement on FCC's Plans to include Broadband Services in Lifeline Program
"Only thirty-seven percent of low-income households adopt and use broadband -- a rate barely half the national average. Every day, this broadband adoption gap limits economic opportunity, education, and healthcare for low-income Americans. This broadband adoption gap needs to be closed, and closed quickly before it becomes a perpetual chasm.
As an organization working to increase broadband adoption for the past ten years, Connected Nation supports the migration of existing voice subsidy programs to broadband and welcomes the Federal Communications Commission's adoption of a broadband low-income pilot program targeted at studying this problem. Our research led us early on to work directly with disadvantaged communities and key digital literacy partners like public libraries. We look forward to working with our government and provider partners to develop unique and innovative programs that are effective, actionable, and quickly scalable to close the low-income gap."
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