Today the Federal Communications Commission approved a proposal to modernize the Lifeline program, which helps provide subsidized access to telecommunications services for low-income families. Today’s vote opens the door to high-quality Internet access by allowing Lifeline recipients to use their monthly benefit to purchase quality broadband.

Last December, 44 elected officials from Next Century Cities partner communities signed a letter to the FCC urging the adoption of the proposed changes to Lifeline. In the letter, the signers emphasized the importance of broadband Internet to educational achievement, economic opportunity, and civic participation. Next Century Cities is excited to see the Commission’s recognition, in today’s vote, of the critical importance of broadband Internet to flourishing communities.