Universal Service Fund and COVID-19: The FCC and Industry Response [April 24, 2020] [open pdf - 419KB]
From the Document: "The need for social distancing, due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, has led to an increase in remote working, distance learning, and telemedicine-- activities that depend on connectivity to the telecommunications and broadband network. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and its Universal Service Fund (USF) programs are viewed by some as avenues to address this growing need. The FCC has taken steps to expand and modify three of the USF programs: the Lifeline Program; the Schools and Libraries (E-Rate) Program; and the Rural Health Care Program, in response to the pandemic and to address various aspects of social distancing."
CRS In Focus, IF11520
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/