E-rate Newsflash Lifeline Program Update

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  Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Potential changes to the Lifeline program

In case you are not already aware of it, we are passing along this news regarding potential changes to the Lifeline program.

On Thursday, March 31, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is scheduled to vote on the modernization of the Lifeline program "to efficiently and effectively connect low-income Americans to broadband, strengthen program oversight and administration, and take additional measures to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse."  The Lifeline program may offer the opportunity for $9.25-per-month subsidy for standalone broadband service or bundled voice and data-service packages.

Watch the FCC Commission Meeting Live March 31 at 10:30 am: www.fcc.gov/news-events/events/2016/03/...

Background Information

If you have any questions, please contact the California Department of Education (CDE) Educational Data Management Division by e-mail at E-RATE@cde.ca.gov.