New program offers cheap Internet to low-income families

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NEW YORK (AP) — Uncle Sam is expanding a program to help the poor pay for Internet access. The Federal Communications Commissioners voted yesterday to extend the $1.5 billion Lifeline program beyond basic phone service.

Low-income Americans can apply for a $9.25 monthly subsidy to be used for Internet service. It’s the latest federal government attempt to close a “digital divide” between those who have access to the Internet and those who don’t.

The FCC voted 3-2 along party lines to expand the program, starting in December.

It’s paid for with fees on Americans’ phone bills.

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