The Obama administration on Wednesday reiterated its desire to bring broadband Internet access to more Americans.
The centerpiece of the revitalized broadband initiative, dubbed ConnectALL, is a government filing that backs the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to expand Internet access to low-income households.
The FCC is set to vote this month on a plan to expand the Lifeline phone-service subsidy program to cover Internet access as well. The plan, which now has the administration’s formal support, will create “a 21st-century national broadband subsidy to help low-income Americans get online,” according to a White House statement.
In unveiling ConnectALL, President Obama announced the goal of giving 20 million more Americans broadband access by 2020.
“Because in today’s economy, the internet isn’t a luxury – it’s a necessity,” the president said in a post on his personal Facebook page, sharing a link to a New York Times story about the consequences of being digitally left behind.