Policy: The FCC’s Lifeline Pause Makes Sense

February 15, 2017

This piece can originally be found on the Washington Post.

The editorial on “the digital divide” could not have been more misguided on what it takes to close the divide. Ensuring taxpayer dollars get to the nearly 40 million low-income Americans who need help connecting is pragmatic action to ensure the integrity and effectiveness of a vital government program. The FCC’s decision to press pause on the eligibility of nine new entities, only one of which even has customers, affects less than 1 percent of companies participating in the program. Far from “crippling,” as the editorial claimed, this is the kind of strong oversight that this embattled program and those who depend on it deserve so that our country can truly “walk the walk” of a connected nation.