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12/01/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/01/2021 09:50

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Seeks Comment on Extending Broadband Affordability Program

December 1, 2021

Comments Due: December 8, 2021
Reply Comments Due: December 28, 2021

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On November 18, 2021, the FCC released a public notice seeking comment on the requirements for the Affordable Connectivity Program and a timeline for its rapid implementation. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act extends and modifies the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program to a longer-term broadband affordability program to be called the Affordable Connectivity Program. Among other provisions, the public notice seeks comment on setting minimum service standards and system requirements for connected devices, noting specific requirements may be needed to ensure such services and devices are accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.

Interested parties may file comments by accessing the Electronic Comment Filing System. All filings must reference WC Docket No. 21-450. People with disabilities who need assistance to file comments online may request assistance by email.

Learn more about the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. For further information about this item, please email or call Eric Wu, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau at (202) 418-1543. Individuals who use videophones and are ASL-fluent may call the FCC's ASL Consumer Support Line at (844) 432-2275 (videophone).