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Tuesday March 08, 2016

FCC Unveils Proposal For Low-Income Broadband Subsidy

The Federal Communications Commission is proposing a budget of $2.25 billion a year for a monthly subsidy for low-income Americans to get broadband Internet access. The commission votes on the proposal March 31.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has said he wants to give those receiving the subsidy a choice of using it for phone services, high-speed Internet, or both. But households will get only a single $9.25 a month subsidy that would apply to both services. The program currently helps about 12 million U.S. households afford landline and mobile phones, according to agency estimates.