The decision announced today by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai would halt implementation of last year’s expansion of the Lifeline program. This 32-year-old program gives poor people $9.25 a month toward communications services, and it was changed last year to support broadband in addition to phone service.

Pai’s decision won’t prevent Lifeline subsidies from being used toward broadband, but it will make it harder for ISPs to gain approval to sell the subsidized plans.

Again, Ajit Pai will be remembered as one of the great villains of the Trump era.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/03/fcc-to-halt-expansion-of-broadband-subsidies-for-poor-people/