By voting to reinstate net neutrality protections, the Senate took a stand to ensure that the internet will remain an empowering force of social and economic opportunity. But the fight is not over yet.
Today, Mignon Clyburn, a tireless advocate for digital equity and inclusion, announced her resignation from the Federal Communications Commission. We have met and worked with Clyburn in a variety of public forums and she has been a consistent and thoughtful voice in the FCC’s work to end the digital divide in the United States.
After months of spectacle and promises of a plan which would specify rural broadband as a priority line item, the President’s infrastructure bill now includes rural broadband as merely an ‘eligible criteria’ for investment.
Today, the FCC ruled to end net neutrality, which are the rules put in place to keep all content on the internet treated equally. While not unexpected, unfortunately, EveryoneOn is extremely disappointed that the Commission voted to end these protections for consumers and businesses alike.
At an open meeting scheduled for December 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to vote to end net neutrality, which are rules put in place to keep all content on the internet treated equally. Here are our thoughts:
Today, EveryoneOn joins the chorus of nonprofits, organizations, and advocates in expressing concern about recent rollbacks to the Federal Communications Commission's Lifeline program. On Friday, February 03, 2017, the FCC told nine Internet service providers that they would not be able to participate in Lifeline, an FCC program that was reformed in 2016 to allow a $9.25 per month subsidy to be applied to home Internet service. The companies were notified of their acceptance to the program just a few weeks ago.
“After much discussion last year, we were pleased when the FCC passed Lifeline reform, setting the stage for dramatic changes in the lives of the approximately 60 million people in the United States on the wrong side of the digital divide,” said Chike Aguh, chief executive officer of EveryoneOn. “On Friday, we were disappointed with the move to rollback this reform, leaving many low-income people in the United States without the access to the social and economic opportunity that a home Internet connection can provide. As the FCC moves forward, we hope that they reconsider establishing a mechanism for people in the United States to gain access to what we believe is no longer a luxury. By disallowing the nine Internet service providers to participate in this program, the FCC has added an additional barrier for those looking to enter the digital on-ramp. We hope that the FCC will reevaluate its position and find a way to renew its commitment to providing low-income people with ways to experience the digital world. This decision from the FCC does not close the digital divide and opportunity gap, but rather widens them.”
Approval of Lifeline Modernization efforts today by FCC will help millions of low-income Americans
Today, EveryoneOn filed a letter of support with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to advocate for the reform of a $1.5 billion per year phone subsidy program called Lifeline to provide a broadband subsidy to help low-income Americans get online.