Tech Break

Feb 6th 2017

Tech Break 3657

FCC Throttles Lifeline

New changes in the FCC under Trump
Category: TWiT Bits

Jason Howell and Megan Morrone discuss new changes in the FCC under Trump. The Washington Posts reports that federal regulators are telling nine companies that they can no longer participate in Lifeline, the program that provides low-cost Internet access to low-income Americans. This comes as a shock to companies who use the funds to partner with school districts to provide educational broadband so that poor kids can do their homework. Ajit Pai, Tom Wheeler's successor at the FCC, announced the new rule today and also confirmed that he will close the inquiry into zero rating plans from T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast.

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