CoSN to the FCC: Uphold Commitment to Lifeline Program Modernization

Washington, DC
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Ahead of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) open meeting tomorrow, CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) CEO Keith Krueger strongly discouraged the agency from pulling back on the 2016 Lifeline Modernization Order.
 
“Stepping away from Lifeline modernization would set America back in our efforts to improve learning opportunities for all students,” Krueger said. “Low-income children, in particular, lack the home broadband access they need to complete basic homework assignments. This should not be the case in the 21st century.”  
 
Krueger continued: “CoSN opposes any efforts that would eliminate or weaken the Lifeline program’s broadband support and the Lifeline Broadband Provider designation process. America already has a significant digital divide that is negatively impacting learning outcomes. Our leaders need to deliver on their promise and commitment by providing all students and their families more choice in the home broadband market.”