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RELEASE: Congress Urges FCC to Expand Broadband Access to Low-Income Households

February 13, 2017
Press Release
Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) and 40 other members send letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today asking the agency to expand subsidized broadband Internet access through the Lifeline program. The letter was in response to the FCC revoking Lifeline Broadband Provider status to nine companies that provide broadband access to low-income households.

Forty members of Congress joined with Rep. Khanna in urging the FCC to reconsider these companies’ ability to provide affordable broadband and expand opportunity for low-income families and individuals.

Read the letter from Congress to Chairman Pai here (PDF).

“Millions of households across the country rely on having access to affordable Internet service. You have said yourself that you want to see universal broadband coverage in this country. Expanding Internet access will lead to more jobs in technology and new innovations. Your action will hurt those in our country that need the most help,” wrote the members of Congress.

Last week, Rep. Khanna took to the House floor to address these actions by the FCC.

“[Chairman Pai] is writing the rules of modern day capitalism in a way that privileges these elite telecom companies, with concentrated economic power, at the expense of low income Americans,” said Rep. Khanna. “This Congress must stand united to make sure an unelected bureaucrat doesn’t get to write the rules of our economy in favor of wealthy interests at the expense of ordinary Americans.”

Watch video of his remarks here.

Chairman Pai is scheduled to testify before the Senate Commerce Committee and the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on communications on March 8.

About the Office

Congressman Khanna represents the 17th District of California, which covers communities in Silicon Valley. Visit his website at khanna.house.gov. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter @RepRoKhanna.

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