Digital Empowerment

Broadband is essential for American progress and productivity — fueling jobs, education, civic engagement, and economic growth.

The FCC launched two programs designed to address the lack of broadband and wireless investment in underserved areas: Connect America Fund and Mobility Fund. Connect America Fund is designed to expand broadband to targeted underserved areas of the U.S. and the Mobility Fund expands and preserves 4G LTE coverage in rural American and Tribal lands. Both programs are models for how government programs can efficiently employ and distribute government broadband dollars.

Expanding Access to Broadband Throughout Rural America

In August 2017, the FCC took two important steps to spur broadband investment and deployment in rural America. First, the FCC paved the way to start its innovative Connect America Fund Phase II “Reverse Auction” in 2018. And second, the FCC established procedures to identify areas in rural America that will be eligible for funding through the Mobility Fund Phase II program.

Digital Empowerment — Building America’s Broadband Networks of the Future

The FCC’s Connect America Fund and Mobility Fund programs provide a proven framework for service providers to compete for broadband funding. Leveraging off the success and structure of these two programs will help carry out the the FCC’s Digital Empowerment Agenda.

Access from AT&T

In April 2016, AT&T launched Access from AT&T, a discounted internet service offer available to qualifying low-income households within our 21-state wireline service areas.

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