Details have surfaced of a proposal by the Federal Communications Commission for a subsidy to enable low-income Americans to gain access to the Internet.
Reuters reports that agency Chairman Tom Wheeler is seeking approval for a $9.25 monthly subsidy. “Since last year, the FCC has been considering revamping the $1.5 billion annual program, called Lifeline, which has helped lower-income Americans get access to telecommunications technologies since 1985,” the story reports.
Wheeler’s proposal gives recipients the option of using the subsidy for phone service, high-speed Internet, or both, but the program would be limited to a single $9.25 subsidy for each household.
The FCC is scheduled to vote on the proposal March 31, with Reuters reporting that the panel “will set a budget of $2.25 billion a year indexed for inflation for the program.”