H.R. 1685: Broadband Adoption Act of 2013

Apr 23, 2013
Referred to Committee
2% chance of being enacted
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Doris Matsui
Representative for California's 6th congressional district
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This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on April 23, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Introduced Apr 23, 2013
Referred to Committee Apr 23, 2013
Reported by Committee ...
Passed House ...
Passed Senate ...
Signed by the President ...

6% chance of getting past committee.
2% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

Full Title

To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to reform and modernize the Universal Service Fund Lifeline Assistance Program.


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Library of Congress Summary

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Broadband Adoption Act of 2013 - Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt a final rule establishing support for broadband under the Universal Service Fund Lifeline Assistance Program to enable qualifying low-income customers residing in urban and rural areas to purchase broadband service at reduced charges by reimbursing providers who elect to participate in the program for each such customer served.
Establishes a program model under which qualifying individuals may elect to apply support from the Lifeline program to basic telephone service, voice telephony service, or broadband service, whether each service is purchased stand-alone or in a bundle.
Authorizes the FCC to determine whether state matching funds may be provided as a condition of eligibility for low-income households within such state.
Requires the program to be technology neutral to promote competition from service providers.
Requires a broadband service provider that is not an eligible telecommunications carrier to obtain FCC authorization to participate in the program.
Directs the FCC to: (1) adopt regulations to prevent duplicative Lifeline subsidies from being awarded to an individual eligible household, and (2) establish a national database to determine consumer eligibility. Limits qualifying individuals to only one Lifeline program support amount per eligible household.

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