Items tagged "Lifeline"

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

October 13, 2015 Broadband , Broadband Access , FCC , Lifeline , Lifeline Modernization

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

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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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The FCC Should Continue Its Strong Role in Protecting Broadband Privacy

July 10, 2017 Broadband Privacy , CPNI , FCC , Lifeline , Privacy

When people use the internet, they provide a vast amount of personal, often sensitive information. Ill-protected personal information can result in anything from predatory advertising to fraud. Consumers need strong rules and aggressive agencies to protect their online privacy. The Federal Communications Commission is the agency in charge of implementing and enforcing communications law and regulations. The FCC is ideally situated to protect consumers’ information on communications networks, considering its success in protecting subscribers’ privacy in other areas such as telephone and cable networks.

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Beyond Net Neutrality: The Importance of Title II for Broadband

May 2, 2017 Broadband Privacy , Lifeline , Net Neutrality , Net Neutrality in 2017 , Title II

In its 2015 Open Internet Order, the Federal Communications Commission reclassified broadband internet under Title II of the Communications Act, establishing broadband providers as common carriers under the same framework as our telephone networks. By embracing its Title II authority and creating clear, bright line rules against blocking and discrimination, the FCC enacted the strongest net neutrality rules in history.

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The Lifeline Program is Essential to the Public Safety Sector

July 21, 2016 E911 , FCC , Legislation , Lifeline

Imagine you’re facing an emergency and you need a paramedic, fireman, or police officer, but don’t have a cellular phone available to call 9-1-1, or you do call 9-1-1 but don’t know or cannot communicate your location, and dispatcher cannot trace it. For many Americans this is a very frightening reality. Many low-income people cannot afford cell phones, and are unable to contact emergency services without a landline connection.

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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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