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Chairman Genachowski Statement on Broadband Adoption Act

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Released: April 23, 2013

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April 23, 2013
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STATEMENT OF FCC CHAIRMAN JULIUS GENACHOWSKI

IN SUPPORT FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF THE BROADBAND ADOPTION ACT

“I commend Congresswoman Matsui for her continued leadership on ensuring that low-income
Americans have access to broadband by addressing one of the key barriers to adoption - cost. As with our
other USF reforms, transitioning Lifeline support to 21st century communications is vital: today,
broadband is essential for finding jobs, allowing children to do their homework, communicating in times
of emergency, and accessing vital health information. In overhauling the Lifeline program last year and
setting the program on a path to save over $2 billion by the end of next year, our bipartisan, unanimous
reforms also made greater broadband adoption an express goal for Lifeline and established a pilot
program to look at alternative models for supporting it. Our work will complement the legislation
introduced today, ensuring that low income Americans are connected while protecting this critical
program from waste, fraud, or abuse.”
-FCC-

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