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The White House recently announced a new initiative, dubbed ConnectALL. The initiative is aimed at getting 20 million additional Americans connected to the Internet via broadband by 2020. The centerpiece of ConnectALL is an FCC proposal to use Lifeline funding to subsidize Internet access and phone service. The commission will vote on the program at the end of March 2016.

Much of ConnectALL is a continuation of the ConnectHome program introduced in 2015. The government expects various ISPs to play a large part in the initiative by providing digital literacy training and introducing private sector, low-income broadband plans. Also included are processes that will encourage community broadband planning and the distribution of surplus government computers to cities and towns in need.

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