FCC program to help poor get online will start in December

PostAndCourierLow-income Americans are expected to be able to apply for help from the federal government in paying for Internet access in December.

The Federal Communications Commissioners voted, 3-2 along party lines, Thursday to expand the $1.5 billion Lifeline program, a $9.25-a-month subsidy, to Internet as well as phone service. It can be used with cellphone Internet or home Internet.

It’s the latest federal government attempt to close a “digital divide” between those who have access to the Internet and those who don’t.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the agency is addressing abuse and fraud problems with improvements like making an independent party check that people are eligible rather than having phone or Internet providers do it.

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“I can’t afford the internet.”
– Can you prove this?
“Yeah, talk to my friend here.”
– Sir, can your friend afford internet service?
“Nope”
– That’s good enough for us.

*Se Habla Español.

19 Comments on FCC program to help poor get online will start in December

  1. Thank goodness!

    I was afraid they might have to go without beer, cigarettes, tattoos, or dope!

    izlamo delenda est …

  2. This sort of shit rubs me both ways. First, it’s the goobermint and it screws everything up. This program will no doubt be riddled with fraud, waste and cronyism.

    However I witnessed a mother and her teenage son at FedEx one day working on submitting electronic forms for his drivers license. While they most likely were your typical dintdoonuffins, that single event was truly a sad sight. I have a couple shit rats that fight constantly over a 150Mbps socket. Meanwhile these two were struggling over how to answer basic questions on the form. As if the FedEx guy had any idea what they were trying to accomplish.

    I don’t know whether a cheap computer and a modest connection would help or harm this mom and her son, but it was evident they spent whatever income they have on things other than technology.

  3. The main goal of this is to allow welfare queens to vote online instead of actually going to a polling place. Easier to steal elections that way

  4. What are hoodrats going to do with the interwebs? They can’t even speak English, much less type it.

    “Sheeit! Zup, niggs?”

    “Nuffin, nigs — wanna get some crack and some white hoes?”

    “Now ya talking, nigs!”

  5. Call it wishful thinking, but I keep hoping all the stories posted on here today, so far, are April Fools jokes. Because if they aren’t, society is further gone than I thought.

  6. I wouldn’t have a problem with this except that for every person that is truly in need of some small subsidy there will be 10 just scamming it for extra cash. In addition you can bet after a year or so some social welfare advocate will state that all the users should have access to hi-speed, expensive service else they be left behind. Finally, you’ll end up finding out that all the money ends up in Carlos Slim’s pocket mingling with the free phone program money he got years ago (and still gets today).

  7. I am so old that when I was growing up, poor meant poor.

    tar paper shack poor.
    government cheese and peanut butter poor.
    your church clothes had holes in them poor.
    no phone on the wall poor.
    no food in the refrigerator poor.
    allowance, what the hell was that ? you worked after school and gave your mother the money so she could buy milk, poor.

    what do these government bureaucrats know about being poor and what the poor need except for what they saw on tv?

    how about providing a stable economic environment that generates job opportunities and then get out of the way you dipshit political tax and spend do gooders.

    and last I looked congress has to pass tax laws not some goofy commission or did we have a revolution that I missed.

  8. The six contradictions of Socialism in the United States of America:

    1. America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is subsidized.

    2. Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are victims.

    3. They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the government.

    4. Their representatives run the government – yet the poor keep getting poorer.

    5. The poor keep getting poorer – yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.

    6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about – yet they want America to be more like those other countries.

    H/T The Feral Irishman

  9. what do these government bureaucrats know about being poor and what the poor need except for what they saw on tv?

    sorry ol’ bill, but they’re just too smart and too busy to waste time to explaining to you what an idiot you are.

    /sarc

  10. VietVet,
    Well played. I can add nothing more. I am copying this and posting it to my FB and other places.

  11. Have you noticed the poor keep getting smarter?
    The latest around here is for young married couples to get divorced yet stay and live together for more $.So who’s going to check?

  12. Once again, I am struggling like heck to afford the necessities of my own life, and I find that other people are getting them courtesy of Uncle Sam.

    Why do I even bother?

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