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Court Brings Back Subsidies for Tribal Wireless Providers

The D.C. Circuit on Friday vacated an order by the Federal Communications Commission limiting federal subsidies for wireless providers bringing service to tribal lands, finding it unfairly impacted access and affordability for Native Americans. Under the Lifeline Assistance Program, which began in 1985 to make voice and broadband services more widely available, phone and internet providers were eligible for a federal monthly subsidy of up to $34.25 per household for serving low-income people who live on tribal lands.

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