A plan to get all internet users to have a connection to the internet is making headway in the U.S. but it faces hurdles, including the potential for a lawsuit from the Federal Communications Commission, and the public’s distrust of the government.
The effort by internet service providers to make it easier to connect to the Internet is part of the $1.4 trillion Lifeline program that aims to provide billions in federal assistance to poor and minority Americans and to promote a free and open Internet.
But there are some big challenges ahead for the program, including how to make sure that millions of people have the connections they need and the ability to participate in the network without government interference.
This is an interactive map showing where people can connect and what kinds of services they can use.
(AP Photo/John Minchillo)A $25 million program The idea for the Lifeline is to create a new government-run, nonprofit nonprofit, public utility that would provide Internet access to a whole new set of Americans, including thousands of low-income people.
The goal is to make everyone on the internet more connected and get them using more applications.
The idea was put forward by the Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama’s leadership in 2011.
But it has faced challenges from the public and lawmakers.
In 2014, the FCC said the Lifelink program could be blocked by the agency if the agency decides to go after Lifeline programs.
The agency said in an opinion piece last year that the Lifelines’ goal of “net neutrality” was undermined by the FCC’s proposal to require all Internet service providers (ISPs) to block certain sites.
That would make it harder for ISPs to offer faster connections for users who don’t pay for them, it said.
The Lifeline would also face opposition from a number of other government agencies.
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled last month that the FCC was likely to succeed in blocking the program.
The FCC said it would appeal the ruling, which could come as soon as Monday.
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How the government is paying for a new internet: The FCC is paying $1,400 to a company called Openwire to develop a $1-per-month subscription plan that will allow consumers to use the free online app in addition to the basic internet.
The plan will cost $49.99 per month.
An important message: A new $5 billion plan, aimed at helping people connect to social media and to the World Wide Web, is also under consideration by the Obama administration.
It would create a federal government-backed online education network that would be used by states to make their online education more accessible and less expensive.