FCC seeks comment on whether it should continue halting internet subsidies for the poor

The FCC is currently seeking comment on whether it should continue to hold up the rollout of broadband subsidies for low-income households.

The public inquiry is in response to a petition filed by more than 30 groups, including the American Library Association and the NAACP, asking the commission to continue rolling out internet subsidies through its Lifeline program.

One of the commission’s first major actions under Chairman Ajit Pai was to halt Lifeline’s expansion into broadband. The Lifeline program has long covered telephone service, offering low-income households $ 9.25 per month off their bills. But in 2015, the commission voted to let the program cover internet bills, too.

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