Court Blocks FCC Plan to Drop Subsidy for Low-Income Tribal Internet

A $25 monthly subsidy that’s meant to help low-income households on tribal lands get phone or Internet service will remain in place for the time being, after a court found that the Federal Communication Commission’s plan to largely remove the subsidies seems to have been made without properly considering the harms to customers and businesses. A federal court said that petitioners -- including tribes, nonprofits, and wireless carriers -- were likely to prove that the commission’s decision was “arbitrary and capricious,” meaning that it failed to fully consider the changes it was making.