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White House Takes a Stand Against Bill Riders Targeting the FCC

June 22, 2016 FCC , Legislation , Lifeline , Net Neutrality , Unlock the Box

Members of Congress adding unnecessary policy language or amendments, known as “riders,” to government appropriations bills is nothing new; it is a well-known tactic for getting controversial policies passed. Appropriations bills provide funding to government agencies, so they must be passed by Congress in order to keep everything moving. Some members of Congress use this as a loophole to try to sneak in language or amendments that will hurt existing policies and agencies.

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Commissioner Pai’s Plan and the FCC Lifeline “Compromise” That Wasn’t

April 5, 2016 Broadband Access , FCC , Lifeline , Lifeline Modernization

Much has been made of the political theatre that surrounded the FCC’s recent vote to modernize the decades-old Lifeline program. A minority on the Commission is pushing a narrative with all the appeal of a particularly wonky House of Cards episode (without the sex and murder): frantic negotiation, last-minute compromises, staff all-nighters, strong-armed negotiation tactics, improper outside influence, and interference from Capitol Hill, the works. All the while they bemoaned the loss of a bipartisan compromise that, they claim, would have brought meaningful reform to the Lifeline program.

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Shrinking the Digital Divide: FCC Adopts Lifeline Broadband Subsidy

March 31, 2016 Broadband Access , Lifeline , Lifeline Modernization

Today, the Federal Communications Commission took a major step to help all Americans connect to the Internet. The FCC voted to adopt an Order that, for the first time, allows low-income subscribers to use the Lifeline subsidy to help pay for critical Internet service that connects us all to education, jobs, healthcare, commerce, and other services.

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FCC Must Protect Personal Data of Low-Income Americans in Lifeline Program

October 13, 2015 FCC , Lifeline , Privacy , security

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.

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Podcast

PK In The Know Podcast: Broadband Access and the Lifeline Program

Broadband , Broadband Access , FCC , Lifeline , Lifeline Modernization

PK In The Know Podcast: Broadband Access and the Lifeline Program

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