To Narrow the Digital Divide, the FCC Should Not Simply Extend Lifeline to Broadband
American Enterprise Institute White Papers, Forthcoming
10 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2016
Date Written: March 31, 2016
As more activities move online, it is becoming increasingly important to narrow the digital divide by helping those who cannot afford Internet access.
The FCC’s $2.25 billion proposal to expand the Lifeline telephone assistance program into a monthly broadband subsidy is unlikely to narrow the digital divide.
Congress should adopt a comprehensive approach that encompasses digital literacy outreach programs and low-cost equipment plans as well as monthly service plan subsidies.
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