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Can I Get a Lifeline?
Exciting innovations in technology and education are taking place all over the country to help kids learn and our economy grow. But there's still a lot of work to do. Common Sense Kids Action is leading an effort in Washington, D.C., right now that could help millions of kids and their parents by getting their homes high-speed Internet connections.
Today, most Americans with a phone bill pay a very small fee that goes in part to help low-income homes get telephone service -- a program called Lifeline that started about 40 years ago under President Reagan. But the program has not kept up with the times.
Most kids are assigned homework to do online, and most of them have high-speed Internet access at home. But five million low-income households with school-age children do not have high-speed Internet connections and have fallen into what people are calling the "homework gap." That's unfair to those kids and to their parents, and it hurts our country's educational and economic goals.
Reforming Lifeline can happen this year, and it is one of Common Sense Kids Actions' top priorities. It's also plain common sense that in the 21st century all homes, schools, and libraries should have high-speed Internet connections. Learn more about Lifeline and how you can help bridge America's homework gap.