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FCC Wants to Expand Internet Access for the Poor

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The Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced plans today to overhaul a $1.7 billion federal program that subsidizes phone service for low income Americans in order to increase access to high-speed Internet. Last year about 12 million people benefitted from this 30-year-old subsidy. Now the FCC wants to expand it to include broadband, as we hear from Brian Fung who writes about technology and tech policy for the Washington Post.

Credits

Guest:
Brian Fung - Washington Post - @b_fung

Host:
Barbara Bogaev

Producers:
Evan George, Benjamin Gottlieb, Sáša Woodruff, Andrea Brody