On June 8, 2009 COAT sent Comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the national broadband plan they must submit to the US Congress by February 17, 2010. COAT asked the FCC to ensure that the plan fosters access for people with disabilities to help eliminate the broadband divide facing our community. We asked the FCC to define broadband so that technologies used by people with disabilities are supported and we recommended data collection methods to capture the reasons for low broadband subscribership. COAT reiterated the request to modify the federal Lifeline and Linkup programs to allow low income people with disabilities to use these subsidies to reduce the cost of broadband service and equipment. We also asked the FCC to adopt rules and policies promoting universally designed broadband products. For a copy of COAT's comments, please send an email request. Affiliates are encouraged to submit comments to the FCC in support of the COAT recommendations, by the Reply Comment deadline of July 7, 2008 at the FCC (click on "National Broadband Plan Notice of Inquiry Docket GN 09-51"). If you haven't yet made a donation to COAT, donate today!