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Joint letter from Consumer Reports and Access Now to urge FCC to expand Lifeline for broadband due to COVID-19

The nonprofit organizations Consumer Reports and Access Now are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to immediately expand broadband internet access for people struggling during the COVID-19 crisis.

The organizations filed petitions at the FCC signed by more than 63,000 concerned citizens. The petitions call for the FCC and Congress to support an expansion of the Lifeline program that provides a discount for broadband internet service to qualifying low-income consumers.

This move would make an enormous difference to families who need help during the crisis to stay connected with school, work, healthcare, and job opportunities, the groups said.