Tag: Subsidy

Americans hit by pandemic eligible for FCC’s $50 broadband subsidy

Millions of Americans who can’t afford broadband could get up to $50 a month to help pay their bill thanks to a new federal subsidy program.

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American families financially hit by the coronavirus pandemic can now get help paying their broadband bills through a new federal subsidy program. The Emergency Broadband Benefit, administered through the Federal Communications Commission, gives eligible households a $50-a-month subsidy that can be used to pay for broadband service, as well as a one-time $100 payment toward a device to connect to the internet. 

The FCC said that starting Wednesday

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FCC to begin $50 broadband subsidy program May 12

FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has set the date for the agency’s Emergency Broadband Benefit program to begin.  

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Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic who need assistance paying their broadband bills will soon get some help. The $50 a month broadband subsidy promised as part of the COVID-19 relief package Congress passed in December will be made available to low-income individuals starting in two weeks. 

The Federal Communication Commission said Thursday that households would be able to begin applying for the Emergency Broadband Benefit on May 12.  

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Musk’s Internet-From-Space Subsidy at Risk as Rivals Protest

(Bloomberg) — The U.S. Federal Communications Commission faces pressure from rural internet service providers to deny a planned $886 million subsidy to Elon Musk’s SpaceX for beaming broadband to underserved areas from outer space.

a large building: A Falcon 9 rocket is displayed outside the Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) headquarters .

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A Falcon 9 rocket is displayed outside the Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) headquarters .

Even before winning a competition for the funds, SpaceX had set up its service and begun launching satellites. More than 1,000 of the Starlink craft are now aloft, providing service to test subscribers. The company says its system “is uniquely positioned to deliver high-quality broadband service

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