Senators Call on FCC to Expand Lifeline Program to Keep Students Connected

27 Senate Democrats send letter to FCC Chairman Pai to combat the growing homework gap during COVID-19

As many students prepare to return to school this month, the lack of broadband connectivity continues to grow. The FCC must expand and increase funding for the Federal Lifeline Program so that our students can connect to distance learning. Led by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), the letter was signed by Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mark Warner (D-VA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tina Smith (D-MN), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Jack Reed (D-RI), Bob Casey (D-PA), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Kamala Harris (D-CA).

Read the full letter to the FCC here.