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