Officials support improving Internet Access for Low-Income Families

Posted: Updated:

CHAMPAIGN – Mayors and elected officials from 44 communities, including Champaign Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen, are joining in support of a proposal from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to improve Internet access for low-income families.

This proposal would update the federal Lifeline program to make it more accessible for low-income families. In the case of Mayor Feinen, the proposal would allow Champaign’s low-income families to use their Lifeline benefit to purchase broadband services at a subsidized rate.

“The proposed changes to the Lifeline program reflect the critical importance of broadband Internet connectivity in today’s society,” Mayor Feinen explains.

Mayor Feinen says promoting this access is important to the Champaign community and is a vital step in moving toward bridging the digital divide.

Executive Director of Next Century Cities Deb Socia says the Lifeline program has been helping millions of Americans have access to critical telecommunication services. Next Century Cities is an organization that works to support communities and their leaders to ensure that everyone has access to fast, affordable and reliable Internet. Champaign is currently a member of the city-to-city initiative.

“Easy access to high speed internet is critical in order to enhance community education, promote civic engagement and realize new economic opportunities,” Mayor Feinen adds.

The full text of the proposal can be found below.

Current Conditions
/
  • Current Events

  • Current EventsMore>>

  • Spirit of Giving

    Spirit of Giving

    Join WAND, Cromwell Radio, Walmart North and Macon County Toys for Tots in the Spirit of Giving Toy Drive, Friday, December 1st. T

    More \232a

    Join WAND, Cromwell Radio, Walmart North and Macon County Toys for Tots in the Spirit of Giving Toy Drive, Friday, December 1st. T

    More \232a
  • Coats for Kids Drive

    Coats for Kids Drive

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - You can help keep central Illinois children warm this winter by donating new and gently used coats during WAND-TV's Coats for Kids drive.

    More \232a

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - You can help keep central Illinois children warm this winter by donating new and gently used coats during WAND-TV's Coats for Kids drive.

    More \232a
  • Agribusiness Today

    Agribusiness Today

    Get your agribusiness report here!

    More \232a

    Get your agribusiness report here!

    More \232a
  • Web Exclusives

    Web Exclusives

    Here at WAND we strive to bring you the latest coverage on news happening across central Illinois, and this page is a continuation of that effort.More \232a
    Here at WAND we strive to bring you the latest coverage on news happening across central Illinois, and this page is a continuation of that effort.More \232a