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FCC Approves $50-a-month Emergency Broadband Subsidies


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Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel.

Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said the $50-a-month subsidy will help ensure poor families hit hard by the pandemic can get access to the Internet to do things like attend school remotely and access health care.

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The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved a plan to administer $3.2 billion in emergency relief to subsidize broadband for millions of poor Americans during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The four-member commission unanimously voted to approve rules to the program that will offer up to $50 a month to low-income households and up to $75 a month to households on Native American land for broadband service. The FCC will also provide a one-time discount to poor households of up to $100 to purchase a computer or tablet. 

The program will be available to eligible households within 60 days, said Jessica Rosenworcel, the acting chairwoman of the FCC. The agency still needs to sign up broadband providers that will administer and accept the discounts.

 

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