FCC defends Lifeline phone subsidy program

The Federal Communications Commission is defending its efforts to tighten up the rules for its Lifeline program, which subsidizes cellphones for people on low incomes.

FCC approves broadband subsidy plan

The Federal Communications Commission has given the go-ahead to plans to create a $4.5 billion internet fund aimed at improving the provision of broadband in rural areas.

FCC plans to shift rural phone subsidies to support broadband instead

FCC chairman Julius Genachowski has outlined a plan to improve rural broadband services by overhauling the Universal Service Fund.

French government to subsidise music downloads

The French government has taken a novel step to combat illegal music downloads, and one that many might like to see adopted elsewhere: paying for the downloads itself.