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Broadband Pilot Launched for Lifeline Program

Danielle Frappier Posted in Broadband Pilot

A recent FCC order announced that DWT client, Nexus Communications, Inc. d/b/a ReachOut Wireless, was selected as one of the fourteen participants in an FCC pilot project to expand the Lifeline program to funding broadband services. The Lifeline program currently subsidizes discounts on wireline and wireless voice telephony services. Like the other universal service programs, will be transitioned to funding broadband. The pilot program is intended to assist the FCC and industry in determining the level of subsidy necessary to increase broadband adoption among low income Americans.

The pilot program will be conducted in twenty-one states. For its part, Nexus will be providing the pilot broadband services in eight states including California, Louisiana, Michigan and its home state of Ohio. It will partner with Connected Nation to provide digital literary training to pilot participants.