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Beyond Lifeline: The FCC and Digital Inclusion

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Description: The inclusion of the creation of a digital inclusion plan in the Lifeline order means the FCC recognizes they can play an important role bringing attention and resources to the issue of expanded technology access and use. Join us for a discussion of what should that plan look like. How would you like to be involved in the creation of the plan? What can the FCC do during the course of creating the plan that both informs the plan and increases dialogue and digital equity progress? 


  1. How could the FCC engage consumer groups, community and philanthropic organizations, local government, and industry stakeholders to explore strategies for promoting increased broadband adoption as well as increased digital literacy of low-income and other consumers? In your experience, what outreach and education strategies have worked? Which strategies are a no-go? Who should we be working with? What groups do people trust?
  2. How could the FCC encourage Lifeline providers to work with schools, libraries, community centers and other organizations such as food banks and senior citizen centers that serve low-income consumers to increase broadband adoption and address non-price barriers to adoption?
  3. How can the FCC convene stakeholders to explore how digital inclusion efforts can be tailored to local conditions by trusted community-based partners to maximize their effect? What infrastructure is already in place in most communities? What gaps exist? In your opinion, are those gaps uniform across the country? Are they uniform in communities with certain characteristics?
  4. How can the FCC facilitate communication among digital inclusion organizations regarding how to tailor digital inclusion efforts to deepen the value of broadband to those already online?
  5. What strategies can we use to re-brand digital inclusion as a social justice issue on par with workforce development, dismantling the school to prison pipeline, equal pay, etc.? How do we plug in with groups tackling those issues and convince them to see the value in the Lifeline program and digital inclusion? 


Location: Youth Activity Room

Date: Wednesday May 18th, 2016

Time: 3:30-4:30 PM




Lauren Wilson

Legal Advisor

Office the Bureau Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission


Angela Siefer


National Digital Inclusion Alliance




NDIA Blog Post - The FCC Takes on Digital Inclusion Beyond Lifeline

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