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Democrats on Tuesday used a Senate subcommittee hearing on federal “Lifeline” telephone subsidies to advocate for new subsidies on broadband Internet service.
“Everyone needs a broadband connection to participate in today’s society,” said ranking member Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) in his opening statement.
The Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet met to discuss ways to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse in the Lifeline program after a March report from the General Accountability Office (GAO) found a sizeable portion of the program’s funds had been spent improperly.