On Friday, July 30th, NHMC continued its advocacy to expand affordable broadband access for people of color and the poor. This time around, NHMC took the lead in drafting FCC comments filed on behalf of the Media Action Grassroots Network groups, Benton Foundation, United Church of Christ, Office of Communication, Inc., and Access Humboldt. NHMC’s legal team, consisting of VP of Policy & Legal Affairs, Jessica Gonzalez, and summer law fellow, Monica Guzman, worked with Media Access Project’s Matthew Wood to advocate that Lifeline and Link Up programs, which currently provide discounts for telephone service for low income households, be expanded to subsidize broadband connections as well. The comments also urged inclusive eligibility and verification processes to ensure that eligible individuals are not inadvertently hindered from participating.
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