In August, CTIA – The Wireless Association, filed a Petition for Partial Reconsideration with the Federal Communications Commission challenging the Commission’s authority to protect the personal information of subscribers to the federal Lifeline program. If CTIA’s petition is granted, millions of low-income Americans could be at risk of identity theft and predatory marketing, just by virtue of participating in a federal program.
Today, Public Knowledge and 11 other consumer advocacy groups filed an Opposition to the CTIA - The Wireless Association’s petition asking the Federal Communications Commission to reconsider its authority to safeguard sensitive information of Lifeline program participants. The FCC’s June 2015 Order permits telephone providers to copy and store highly sensitive personal data of Lifeline applicants, including social security numbers, tax records and addresses.
Last month, Public Knowledge filed comments urging the Federal Communications Commission to modernize its Lifeline program to support broadband Internet access service. Today, we submitted reply comments to explain that the FCC has overwhelming support to move forward and update the program.
Today, Public Knowledge submitted reply comments in the Federal Communications Commission’s proceeding on modernizing the Lifeline program to support broadband Internet access service. Public Knowledge supports updating Lifeline to close the digital divide by making broadband more affordable to low-income Americans.