Bill Seeks USF Funding for Broadband
New legislation would expand the Federal Communications Commission's Lifeline Assistance program to provide discounted broadband service to low-income Americans living in rural and urban areas.Rep. Doris O. Matsui introduced legislation Sept. 24 to expand the Universal Service Fund's Lifeline Assistance program to low-income broadband adoption. The Federal Communications Commission's current Lifeline Assistance program provides discounted telephone service for low-income Americans living in rural and urban areas.
The Broadband Affordability Act of 2009 would expand the USF Lifeline Assistance program to allow USF funds to be used to offer discounted broadband service.
According to the Public Policy Institute of California, although an estimated 96 percent of California residences have access to broadband, barely more than half actually subscribe to a broadband service. However, 97 percent of Californians earning $80,000 or more subscribed to dial-up or broadband services.