Items tagged "Lifeline"

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Public Knowledge Secures Consumer Victory in Verizon/TracFone Merger

August 12, 2021 consumer protections , FCC , Lifeline , Mergers , TracFone , Verizon

Today, Public Knowledge and Communications Workers of America notified the Federal Communications Commission of the withdrawal of objections to the Verizon/TracFone merger in exchange for commitments from Verizon that protect TracFone’s most vulnerable subscribers. Access Humboldt, the Benton Institute for Broadband and Society, and the California Center for Rural Policy also joined the letter withdrawing objections. 

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Public Knowledge Urges Congress to Pass Safe Connections Act to Protect Domestic Abuse Victims

April 28, 2021 domestic violence , Lifeline , Wireless

Today, the Senate Commerce Committee marked up the “Safe Connections Act,” a bill introduced to help survivors of domestic violence cut ties with their abusers and separate from shared wireless phone plans, which can be exploited to monitor, stalk, or control victims. Public Knowledge urges Congress to pass the bill to make it easier for survivors to escape abuse.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Commissioner Rosenworcel as FCC Acting Chair to Protect Consumers

January 21, 2021 Affordable Broadband , Broadband Access , consumer protections , E-Rate , E911 , FCC , Lifeline , Net Neutrality , Save Broadband Privacy

Today, President Joe Biden named Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel as acting chair of the Federal Communications Commission. Commissioner Rosenworcel has been a strong advocate for broadband affordability, student access through the E-Rate program to in-home broadband connectivity, and generally a more consumer-focused FCC. Public Knowledge commends Commissioner Rosenworcel for her work in championing the public interest.

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FCC Adopts Speed Increase and Extends COVID-19 Waivers for Lifeline Recipients

November 17, 2020 Affordability , Broadband Access , FCC , Lifeline

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission increased the minimum service standards for Lifeline recipients from 3 GB to 4.5 GB per month.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Bill Investing $100 Billion to Close Digital Divide

July 1, 2020 Affordable Broadband , Broadband , Broadband Access , Digital Divide , Legislation , Lifeline

Today, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), co-chair of the Senate Broadband Caucus, introduced the “Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act” to invest $100 billion to close the digital divide.

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Public Knowledge Opposes FCC Move to Cap USF, Abandon Universal Service Mission

March 28, 2019 Digital Divide , FCC , Lifeline , Universal Service , USF

Recently, the Federal Communications Commission circulated a proposal to consider implementing a cap on the Universal Service Fund (USF), the federal government’s primary tool to help close the digital divide by funding broadband access and deployment in rural communities, affordable broadband for low-income families, and affordable connectivity for schools and libraries. Public Knowledge opposes capping the USF because it may hinder the FCC’s ability to fulfill its universal service mandate.

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Public Knowledge Files Reply Comments Opposing FCC Move to Abandon Low-Income Americans

March 26, 2018 Affordable Access , FCC , Lifeline

Last week, Public Knowledge filed reply comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry entitled, “Bridging the Digital Divide for Low-Income Consumers.” The NPRM & NOI propose to eliminate affordable broadband choices for millions of low-income and vulnerable families that participate in the Lifeline program.

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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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Pie for Broadband Monopolies, Crumbs for Consumers

April 18, 2017 BDS , Broadband Privacy , Lifeline , Net Neutrality , Unlock the Box

This video draws attention to the growing list of giveaways by Congress and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Pai to large cable and telecommunications companies that act as local broadband monopolies.

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