The “Obamaphone” program is about to get a major overhaul, thanks to the Trump administration’s latest actions.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai plans to revamp the controversial action, redirecting taxpayer money to more effective locations and reining in rampant spending.
Pai said, “A budget induces careful spending.”
A Republican FCC hopes to provide low-income Americans phone and internet service, without the excessive spending.
The board has already put the program, known as Lifeline, under review. They’ve also revoked nine providers from participating the program, saying that they need further review.
Not only does the FCC want to provide better service to every American, but Pai also wants to curtail waste, fraud, abuse in the Obamaphone program while also trying to get internet access to all Americans.
On Medium, he said, “At the end of the day, my focus has been — and will continue to be so long as I have the privilege of serving as the Chairman of the FCC — doing everything within the FCC’s power to close the digital divide.”
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