During the Pandemic, the FCC Must Provide Internet for All

WIRED writes that Broadband access is more crucial than ever, particularly for low-income Americans. The Trump administration must stop withholding it.

 

If we want to make sure all Americans can participate fully in our society, our economy, and our culture during this national emergency and beyond, the FCC’s war on Lifeline must stop. If the agency is not willing to strengthen and expand the program even on a temporary basis, then Congress, in its next stimulus bill, must mandate that it do so. Anything less will ensure that the digital divide in this country will remain a yawning gap.

Read more here: https://www.wired.com/story/opinion-during-covid-19-the-fcc-needs-to-provide-internet-for-all/

The article's author, Gigi Sohn (@gigibsohn), is a distinguished fellow at the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy and a Benton Institute senior fellow and public advocate.

What is Lifeline?

Lifeline is a government program that subsidizes discounted phone service for low-income consumers, ensuring everyone can stay in touch. TruConnect is currently designated to provide free Lifeline-supported phone service in numerous states across the U.S., with more coming soon. The Lifeline program is only available to eligible consumers who can provide documentation for eligibility. Only one Lifeline service is allowed per household regardless of a type of phone. To be qualified for Lifeline, you must be currently enrolled in a qualified public assistance program (i.e. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA), Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit, etc.) or you can be qualified if your total annual household income is less than the qualified income guidelines.

Mobile Broadband

TruConnect is a mobile broadband company and a cheap wireless internet provider that offers wireless internet services and mobile WiFi hotspots through the Internet on the Go. TruConnect provides an underserved market with prepaid and wireless internet services such as Lifeline (ETC), Wireless Prepaid, and Mobile broadband solutions such as mobile WiFi hotspots. We have a variety of mobile broadband devices ranging from cell phones and 4G smartphones to mobile WiFi hotspot devices and tablets. Our coverage includes a 4G network for nationwide wireless internet.

Why TruConnect?

We are a group of wireless industry veterans who have spent many years bringing new mobile products and services to consumers in the U.S. We understand your frustration with expensive monthly data plans, so we came up with an easy, honest, and convenient way to stay connected to the world with TruConnect Pay As You Go and Lifeline plans, and with our affordable Internet on the Go mobile broadband plans and hotspots. Individual usage varies from month to month, so we designed our flexible plans to fit your everyday needs. To learn more about Internet on the Go, please visit www.internet-go.com.

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