Items tagged "Lifeline"

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Public Knowledge Supports FCC Lifeline Modernization Proposal to Include Broadband

March 8, 2016 Broadband , FCC , Lifeline , Lifeline Modernization

Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced he is circulating an agenda item modernizing the Lifeline program for a vote at the Commission’s March 31 open meeting. Last spring, the Commission proposed to update the low-income access telephone program, Lifeline, to also include broadband Internet access. Public Knowledge supports updating the Lifeline program to help make broadband more affordable for low-income Americans.

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Public Interest Groups and Broadband Providers File Letter to FCC Urging Lifeline Modernization

March 1, 2016 Broadband , FCC , Lifeline , Lifeline Modernization

Today, Public Knowledge joined a broad cross-section of public interest groups and broadband providers in a letter to support the Federal Communications Commission’s goal of bringing the Lifeline phone subsidy program into the modern era by extending the subsidy to broadband service.

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Public Knowledge Urges Wireless Industry to Protect Personal Data of Low-income Americans

October 9, 2015 Data Security , Lifeline , Privacy , Tech Transitions

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.

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Public Knowledge Files Lifeline Reply Comments to End Digital Divide

September 30, 2015 FCC , Lifeline , Tech Transitions

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.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes State Department Initiative to Expand Broadband Deployment to the World

September 23, 2015 FCC , International , Lifeline

Yesterday, Federal Communications Commission Senior Counsel Phil Verveer announced a new State Department diplomatic initiative called “Global Connect,” which will be unveiled at the upcoming United Nations General Assembly in New York. Public Knowledge welcomes this initiative that aims to get another 1.5 billion people online.

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Public Knowledge Commends President Obama, Secretary Castro for ConnectHome Broadband Initiative

July 15, 2015 Broadband , Lifeline

Today, President Obama and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Castro announced an initiative to extend high speed broadband access for students in HUD-assisted housing. Called ConnectHome, this initiative will provide broadband, technical training, digital literacy programs, and devices for residents in assisted housing in 28 communities across the country.

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Public Knowledge Commends Historic FCC Decision to Include Broadband in Low-income Lifeline Program

June 18, 2015 Broadband , FCC , Lifeline

Today, the Federal Communications Commission approved a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to extend the Lifeline program to broadband Internet. This would allow qualified individuals to receive a discount for broadband services. Public Knowledge applauds the FCC for choosing to support low-income Americans who need assistance obtaining vital broadband service. Public Knowledge also commends Chairman Wheeler for his leadership on this issue, Commissioner Clyburn for launching and promoting the idea, and Commissioner Rosenworcel for identifying the important educational benefits of expanding the program.

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Public Knowledge Applauds Introduction of Broadband Adoption Act

June 1, 2015 Broadband , FCC , Lifeline

Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced the Broadband Adoption Act to modernize the Lifeline Assistance Program. The bill would instruct the Federal Communications Commission to establish a Lifeline broadband assistance program, allowing broadband Internet services to be available as an option for eligible Lifeline households for the first time. Public Knowledge supports the bill and applauds Congresswoman Matsui for her continued efforts in championing Lifeline.

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Lifeline Awareness Week: In 2018, Protecting Universal Service Is More Important Than Ever

September 14, 2018 FCC , Lifeline

This week is National Telephone Discount Lifeline Awareness Week. The Federal Communications Commission, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, and the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates mark this week to highlight the critical role of the federal Lifeline program. Lifeline provides subsidies to low-income families for basic voice or broadband service, and has been a key component of promoting universal service for over three decades. Universal service and universal access to essential communications tools have been the cornerstone of U.S. communications policy dating to the 1930s.

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Chairman Pai Plans to Put an End to the U.S. Commitment to Universal Service and Affordability

November 16, 2017 Affordable Access , Broadband Access , FCC , Lifeline , Lifeline Modernization

Last year, the Federal Communications Commission voted to modernize the Lifeline program for the digital age to help low-income families, veterans, and children gain access to the internet. This week, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is poised to initiate steps to drastically roll back the program, ultimately leaving millions of Lifeline subscribers and eligible families without a service provider.

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