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FRS provides pertinent educational materials for both the telecommunications community and the general public. Materials range from telecom-related white papers to informational DVDs and mailers that can be used by schools, local businesses, and government agencies. Many of our products and materials are free of charge, while others are available for purchase.
Lifeline: Yes, You Can Afford Telephone or Internet Service
The Lifeline program is available to eligible low-income consumers in every U.S. state, territory, commonwealth and on Tribal lands. In 2016, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a comprehensive reform and modernization of the Lifeline program that began to include broadband as a support service. This educational pamphlet was created to help telecommunications providers educate consumers on their Lifeline options.
The Economic Impact of Rural Broadband
This study, commissioned by FRS and written by the Hudson Institute, takes a look at the direct and indirect economic effects of the rural telecom (or broadband) industry on Gross Domestic Product, as well as the economic impact of rural broadband on other industries.
Major findings include:
- Rural broadband supported over $100 billion in e-commerce.
- While economic activity accrues both to the rural and urban areas, more of this benefit goes to urban areas.
- The rural broadband industry supported 69,59 jobs.
Glossary of Rural Telecom Terms
The world of telecommunications is filled with complicated terminology. Knowing this, FRS developed a helpful glossary to aid consumers and policymakers alike in navigating the industry’s lexicon—and added an overview of the history of the Universal Service Fund as well for context. Enjoy!