NCLR Applauds FCC Vote to Expand Lifeline to Broadband

March 31, 2016

Joseph Rendeiro
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WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a 3-2 vote, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today voted to modernize the Lifeline program, allowing participants to use subsidies for mobile and wired broadband Internet access. Lifeline was created in 1985 to subsidize phone service to low-income individuals and families across the country.

“In 1985, the vast majority of Americans did not have access to or even know about the Internet. Today, broadband is a lifeline everyone needs to prosper in this country. While the FCC’s action today is not all we need to do to close the digital gap, for a community where half of our households lack broadband access, a 21st-century Lifeline program is a critically important step forward,” stated Janet Murguía, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) President and CEO.

“We applaud the leadership of FCC Chair Tom Wheeler and Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel. And we also have to express our appreciation to the grassroots coalition of community leaders and organizations who compellingly and successfully made the case for Lifeline reform,” concluded Murguía.

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