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Business Leaders Join Common Sense On Behalf of Lifeline Modernization

Connecting families is not only good for them, it's good for everyone — including businesses and schools.

This past year, we've been working hard to help ensure all kids have access to high-speed Internet at home so all students can do their homework. We've been encouraging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to modernize its Lifeline program by including support for broadband for low-income households with kids. It's only one step, but an important one we can take to close the homework gap and increase opportunity for all families.

Connecting families is not only good for them, it's good for everyone -- including businesses and schools. This week, on behalf of business and education leaders, we sent the FCC a letter explaining how increased broadband access can have wide-ranging positive effects: improving the overall economy, expanding educational opportunities, and promoting self-reliance.

The FCC recently shared some details of its draft Lifeline modernization plan, and we expect a vote on the program on March 31. We like the direction they're taking, and though it will take time to implement, this is an important next step toward the long-overdue goal of closing the digital divide. We hope the FCC will do the right thing, and we'll keep you posted on that decision and the work ahead!

Ariel Fox Johnson
Ariel Fox Johnson is Senior Counsel for Global Policy at Common Sense Media, where she advocates for smart practices, policies, and rules to help all kids thrive in today’s wired world. Her work focuses on enhancing family privacy rights, strengthening students' educational privacy, and promoting robust consumer protections in the online world. She frequently advises policymakers, industry, and tech experts, and has helped develop laws on student privacy, consumer privacy, and the Internet of Things. Ariel is a graduate of Harvard College and Law School. Prior to joining Common Sense, Ariel worked on privacy, media, intellectual property, and technology matters at corporate law firms, and provided pro bono assistance to nonprofits and asylum seekers.