Studies show that Latinos, African Americans and the poor lag behind other demographic groups when it comes to broadband adoption, and that cost is a primary barrier to adoption. Many educational and occupational opportunities are only available online, thus broadband is a necessary tool for success. NHMC will continue to advocate that the universal service fund, currently used to subsidize telephone connections in rural areas and in poor households, be extended to subsidize broadband Internet as well.

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June 18, 2015

Today, in a 3-2 vote, the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) voted to begin a formal process to modernize Lifeline. NHMC applauded Chairman Wheeler’s outline of his vision for modernizing Lifeline for the digital age, which he released on May 28