The Washington Post reports today:
Major upgrades are coming to a federal aid program that helps low-income Americans connect to basic communications services.
The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to consider how to allow eligible Americans to purchase Internet access using government funds, in a move that recognizes high-speed Internet as a key to pulling the poor out of poverty.
The decision highlights the FCC's fast-growing role in regulating broadband. In a 3-2 vote, the agency opened a process to expand its Lifeline program — a Reagan-era plan that gives $9.25 per month to Americans who meet income requirements or who already receive some form of federal assistance.
The full article is here.