Items tagged "Lifeline Modernization"

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FCC Votes to Consider Rollback of Longstanding U.S. Commitment to Universal Service, Affordability

November 16, 2017 Broadband , FCC , Lifeline , Lifeline Modernization , Universal Service

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Fourth Report and Order, Order on Reconsideration, Memorandum Opinion and Order, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and Notice of Inquiry that would immediately eliminate affordable broadband choices for residents living on Tribal lands, and begin consideration of proposals that amount to an unprecedented rollback of America’s longstanding commitment to universal service and affordable basic telecommunications services for low-income families.

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Public Knowledge Responds to GAO Lifeline Report

June 29, 2017 Broadband , FCC , Lifeline , Lifeline Modernization

Today, the U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report on the Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline program’s application process. The GAO investigated multiple Lifeline providers and failed to confirm the eligibility of roughly a third of participants.

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Public Knowledge Opposes FCC’s Halt of Lifeline Provider Application Approvals

March 29, 2017 FCC , Lifeline , Lifeline Modernization

Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the agency will soon initiate a proceeding to eliminate the existing streamlined process broadband providers follow to participate in the Lifeline program, and that he does not believe the Wireline Bureau should approve Lifeline Broadband Provider applications.

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Public Knowledge Applauds FCC Vote to Modernize Lifeline for the 21st Century

March 31, 2016 Broadband , FCC , Lifeline , Lifeline Modernization

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to modernize the low-income telephone subsidy, Lifeline, to support broadband Internet access. Public Knowledge supports updating the Lifeline program to make broadband more affordable for millions of low-income Americans and to help end the digital divide.

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Thousands Support Expanding Lifeline to Broadband in Petitions Submitted to FCC

March 23, 2016 Broadband , FCC , Lifeline , Lifeline Modernization

Today, Public Knowledge joined MAG-Net, Communications Workers of America, Color of Change, and OC Inc. in submitting more than 20,000 signatures to the Federal Communications Commission urging the agency to expand its low-income phone subsidy program, Lifeline, to broadband Internet. The petitions will be added to the public record, which the Commissioners will consider before they vote on the Lifeline modernization proposal at the March 31 Open Meeting. Public Knowledge supports modernizing Lifeline to include broadband Internet as the new essential communications tool for the 21st century.

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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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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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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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