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News by Topic: Poverty

Oct 1, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the collaboration between FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau and the National Exchange Carrier Association to help connect low-income students to remote learning. Tariff provisions will provide eligible new customers of rural carriers a 25 percent discount on certain broadband services and offer existing eligible customers faster connections.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Sep 15, 2020 - North Carolina public schools are operating with full or partial remote learning to limit exposure to the COVID-19 pandemic, which presents challenges for students in rural areas with limited broadband. Describes the impact this has on families as students resort to using parking lot hotspots, neighbors WiFi, or go without internet altogether.
Source: Carolina Public Press
Sep 10, 2020 - Blog post discusses the inequities in rural, tribal, and low-income communities, as well as communities of color, highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Describes how these populations are less likely to have access to clean water, broadband, affordable energy; includes examples of communities working to make these more accessible.
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Sep 4, 2020 - Notice from the Administration for Children and Families of the preliminary determination that funds from the FY 2019 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are available for reallotment to States, Territories, Tribes, and Tribal Organizations that received FY 2019 direct LIHEAP grants. Includes a table with reallotment assignments by grantee name. Comments on the reallotment are due by October 5, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 21, 2020 - Notice announcing the implementation of certain provisions published in the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 related to funding allocations for persistent poverty counties served by Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBSC), Rural Housing Service (RHS) and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) agencies. The notice is applicable beginning August 21, 2020.
Source: Federal Register