[NHDOE-ETNews] FCC to Vote on Expanding Broadband Access to Low-Income Families

Freeda, Stanley Stanley.Freeda at doe.nh.gov
Mon Mar 21 16:14:12 EDT 2016

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ITEM:  FCC to Vote on Expanding Broadband Access to Low-Income Families

Last year, more than 200 superintendents signed a petition<http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?key=-1&url_num=3&url=http%3A%2F%2Fall4ed.org%2Fpress%2Fnearly-200-school-district-superintendents-urge-fcc-to-modernize-lifeline-program-to-help-close-the-homework-gap%2F> to encourage the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to help close the digital divide by modernizing its Lifeline Program<http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?key=-1&url_num=4&url=http%3A%2F%2Fall4ed.org%2Flifeline%2F>. Thanks to your help, Future Ready Schools is pleased to share that the FCC is scheduled to vote on proposed changes to the program this month!

According to a report from the Pew Research Center, 5 million households with school-age children do not have high-speed internet service at home and low-income households make up a disproportionate share of that number.

The proposed changes<http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?key=-1&url_num=5&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fcc.gov%2Fnews-events%2Fblog%2F2016%2F03%2F08%2Fbroadband-lifeline-21st-century> to the Lifeline program are an important first step in supporting greater digital equity for all students by helping low-income families afford internet access at home.

Join with Future Ready Schools in asking the FCC to vote "yes" on modernizing the Lifeline program to include access to internet service for low-income families. For more information about the Lifeline program and how you can show your support for the proposed changes, check out the resources below.

Add Your Name to the Lifeline Modernization Petition
Click here to sign the petition<http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?key=-1&url_num=7&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.all4ed.org%2Flifeline> and join other district leaders who are asking the FCC to vote "yes" on modernizing the Lifeline program. All names must be received by Tuesday, March 22 at 2:59 p.m.

Please consider adding your name to growing number of educators who have signed.

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