Stories
Slash Boxes
Comments

SoylentNews is people

posted by janrinok on Wednesday January 12, @12:07PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]

ISPs must accept gov't subsidy on all plans:

Less than a year after Verizon and other ISPs forced users to switch plans in order to get government-funded discounts, a new federal program will prevent such upselling by requiring ISPs to let customers obtain subsidies on any Internet plan.

With last year's $50-per-month Emergency Broadband Benefit that was created by Congress, the Federal Communications Commission let ISPs participate in the program as long as they offered the discount on at least one service plan. The FCC said it did so to encourage participation by providers, but some major ISPs drastically limited the subsidy-eligible plans—forcing users to switch to plans that could be more expensive in order to get a temporary discount.

Congress subsequently created a replacement program that will offer $30 monthly subsidies to people with low incomes. The program also specified that ISPs "shall allow an eligible household to apply the affordable connectivity benefit to any Internet service offering of the participating provider at the same terms available to households that are not eligible households." The FCC still has to make rules for implementing the new Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), but that requirement prevented the FCC from using the same one-plan rule that helped ISPs use the program as an upselling opportunity.

ISPs urged FCC to exclude "legacy" plans.


Original Submission

This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.
Display Options Threshold/Breakthrough Mark All as Read Mark All as Unread
The Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not responsible for them in any way.
(1)
  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by crafoo on Wednesday January 12, @01:41PM (4 children)

    by crafoo (6639) on Wednesday January 12, @01:41PM (#1212088)

    Just make 5Mb/s - 0.5Mb/s "free". It's enough for them to pacify their minds with porn and Netflix. Like good cattle.

    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Wednesday January 12, @02:54PM (3 children)

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday January 12, @02:54PM (#1212106) Journal

      Why would the ISP make that low bandwidth plan free when they could get that $30 subsidy and it still be "free" to the customer?

      --
      Difference between inlaws and outlaws: outlaws are wanted.
      • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @03:32PM (2 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @03:32PM (#1212126)

        Just get the govt to pay $30/customer directly to the ISPs for a basic service, regulate it to prevent gouging, then the ISP is free to "innovate" for higher level service plans. I.e. start treating internet like a utility.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @11:48PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @11:48PM (#1212248)

          All that would happen is that prices would rise by $30/month across the board. Telecom pricing is set by what the market can bear since there is no real competition.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 13, @01:30PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 13, @01:30PM (#1212400)

          The FCC is in the back pocket of the ISPs. When the ISPs say jump the FCC asks how high.

          Same with the FDA and pharma.

  • (Score: 2) by Revek on Wednesday January 12, @01:53PM

    by Revek (5022) on Wednesday January 12, @01:53PM (#1212093)

    Good, if they must accept perhaps they will come up with a sane way to get reimbursed as opposed to the shitshow that USAC is.

    --
    This page was generated by a Swarm of Roaming Elephants
  • (Score: 0, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @04:16PM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @04:16PM (#1212146)

    Why should taxpayers be covering the cost of welfare recipients tweeting each other about the latest Dancing with the Stars episode? If you want Internet, get a job.

    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @04:55PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @04:55PM (#1212160)

      Kids have remote schooling due to shutdowns and quarantines, and a lot of companies only accept job applications online. So telling someone to get a job when they don't have internet is like telling them to cook something when they don't have a stove.

      If we should be angry at anyone, it's at Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, etc... taking in billions in profits for their services and shitting all over customers. I know everyone likes to say that the government fucks up everything, but America's ISPs make it crystal clear that businesses can fuck everything up too. I say internet is now as much a part of public infrastructure as roads, and should be nationalized.

    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by DannyB on Wednesday January 12, @05:36PM (1 child)

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday January 12, @05:36PM (#1212169) Journal

      If you want Internet, get a job.

      If you want a job, get Internet.

      --
      Difference between inlaws and outlaws: outlaws are wanted.
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @07:01PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @07:01PM (#1212189)

        Invest in yourself(tm) - buy an iMac and a business degree.

    • (Score: -1, Spam) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @06:48PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @06:48PM (#1212183)

      This is just thinly-veiled reparations, and a continuation of the Jew-orchestrated anti-White agenda.

  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by fustakrakich on Wednesday January 12, @06:32PM

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Wednesday January 12, @06:32PM (#1212179) Journal

    When do we turn the ISPs into common carriers?

    --
    Ok, we paid the ransom. Do I get my dog back? REDЯUM
  • (Score: -1, Spam) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @06:46PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @06:46PM (#1212182)

    This is just more of the same from The International Jew and their Shabbos Goy race traitors. Take tax money from gullible, Jewsus and JewMurica-loving Whites and give it to "the disadvantaged". IOW, paying for the internet for anyone pitiful enough to beg for it. Niggers (Euro and Classic varieties) and Mestizo (and other) invaders. This also means everybody else that has service with the ISP probably gets to make up the difference, as the ISP probably just pockets any gov subsidy. Fuck the federal government and anyone who funds it.

  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @10:32PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @10:32PM (#1212233)

    They get away with these bait-and-switch because nobody is stopping them. Break them up and put some bite back into regulations. There is no right to profit in the Constitution.

(1)