More than 300 companies participate in internet subsidy program: U.S. agency

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission said Thursday that it had approved 319 companies, including AT&T Inc and Comcast Corp -- to participate in a temporary $3.2 billion program funded by Congress to provide lower-income Americans with discounts on monthly internet service and on purchasing laptops or tablet computer.

The discounts are worth up to $50 a month for internet service, and up to $75 on Tribal Lands. Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said the commission would continue to approve additional providers and expected that Americans would soon be able to enroll in the program.

(Reporting by David Shepardson)