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Sat Feb 27, 2021, 02:44 PM

FCC approves $50-a-month emergency broadband subsidies

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved a plan to administer $3.2 billion in emergency relief to subsidize broadband for millions of poor Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.

The four-member commission unanimously voted to approve rules to the program that will offer up to $50 a month to low-income households and up to $75 a month to households on Native American land for broadband service. The FCC will also provide a one-time discount to poor households of up to $100 to purchase a computer or tablet.

The program will be available to eligible households within 60 days, said Jessica Rosenworcel, the acting chairwoman of the FCC. The agency still needs to sign up broadband providers that will administer and accept the discounts.

"This is a program that will help those at risk of digital disconnection," Rosenworcel said in a statement. "It will help those sitting in cars in parking lots just to catch a Wi-Fi signal to go online for work. It will help those lingering outside the library with a laptop just to get a wireless signal for remote learning."

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Sat Feb 27, 2021, 03:42 PM

1. This is great -- especially if it gives more people the ability to work remotely.  ( n/t )

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Sat Feb 27, 2021, 04:52 PM

2. Great news. K&R

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Sat Feb 27, 2021, 04:59 PM

3. KNR

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