Lifeline Broadband Pilot Program
As part of the modernization of Lifeline, the Commission is using $13.8 million in savings from Lifeline reforms, to launch a pilot program to collect data on how the Lifeline program can be structured to increase broadband adoption (Lifeline Broadband Pilot Program) among low-income Americans. Through a competitive selection process, the Wireline Competition Bureau selected 14 high-quality pilot projects, covering 21 states and Puerto Rico, that provide various broadband service offerings to eligible low-income consumers using wireline or wireless technology. The Lifeline Broadband Pilot Program, began February 1, 2013. Each of the 14 projects has different service terms with respect to subsidy amount, end-user charges, access to digital literacy training, equipment type, speed ranges and data usage limits. Low-income consumers who already subscribe to broadband at home or a mobile hotspot service were not eligible to participate in the Pilot Program.
Enrollment for all 14 projects ended November 1, 2013, and the projects will be completed in November of 2014. The Bureau expects to release a report based on the data gathered during the pilot program.Alabama
Wisconsin Updated: November 20, 2014