Trump’s newly appointed FCC chair wasted no time in reversing an order by his Obama-appointed predecessor that helped low-income Americans get Lifeline Internet access.
Pai claims that blocking access to low-cost Internet services by 9 previously approved providers will reduce “waste, fraud, and abuse in the Lifeline program,” according to ArsTechnica.
A report in the Washington Post points out how Pai’s new ruling will penalize the poor.
The program, known as Lifeline, provides registered households with a $9.25-a-month credit, which can then be used to buy home Internet service. As many as 13 million Americans may be eligible for Lifeline that do not have broadband service at home, the FCC has found.
That credit will be gone now.
In an interview with BackChannel, former FCC chair Tom Wheeler, was fearful of the future with Trump’s choice to replace him.
We need to get out of our technocrat mode and into making the point that it’s the Trump voter who has the worst internet experience, and that broadband is the key to getting an education to be able to do your homework, the key to being able to get a job, the key to be able to interact with the world around you. And these people have been denied it.
It looks like they will continue to be “denied.”
Making things harder and more expensive for working class Americans is the fast emerging product of Trump’s unleashed corporate corruption, and phony blue collar, populist hyperbole. His cabinet is filled with CEO’s and billionaires who are already, shamelessly tilting the playing field in their favor.
Limiting Internet access to the people struggling most, under the guise of curbing ‘fraud,’ should come as no surprise from an administration that invented the term alternative facts, and whose leader crawled away from the Trump University fraud case with his tail between his legs.
Tell lawmakers what you think of their plans for your future by calling the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.
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