Lifeline

A April 2013 Congressional hearing made us think – “Why don’t we make it easy for people to follow developments in the FCC’s Lifeline program?”

Senate Drills Down on Universal Service Fund

Location:
Senate Commerce Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Russell Senate Office Building - 253, Washington, DC, 20002, United States

The Senate Communications Subcommittee on June 20 took a deep dive into the Federal Communications Commission's Universal Service Fund, with a focus on rural broadband deployment and telehealth.

T-Mobile CFO: ‘Non-sustainable’ Lifeline Business to be Phased Out

Location:
T-Mobile, 12920 SE 38th St, Bellevue, WA, 98006, United States

T-Mobile’s business selling service to low-income users whose costs are paid, at least in part, through the Universal Service Fund (USF) Lifeline program is “non-sustainable,” said Braxton Carter, T-Mobile chief financial officer.

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Innovators in Digital Inclusion: Free Geek

Free Geek is simple. It is tackling two problems in Portland: an excess of e-waste and the substantial digital divide. Ingeniously, it is using one to impact the other.

Communications Workers of America Calls for $100B Broadband Infrastructure Investment

Location:
Communications Workers of America, 501 3rd Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

With President Donald Trump emphasizing his infrastructure revamp proposal, the Communications Workers of America wants Congress to emphasize broadband investment in any plan it approves. That came in a letter to the leadership, Republican and Democrat, of the House and Senate Commerce Committees.

Public policy can improve older adults’ access to technology

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Public policies are critical in narrowing the digital divide for older adults and ensuring more accessible broadband access.

Lifeline Connects Coalition Expresses Concern with USAC Plan for Lifeline Eligibility

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Lifeline Connects Coalition spoke with staff at the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau on May 26, 2017 to discuss the Universal Service Administrative Company’s (USAC) current plan to require Lifeline subscribers to re-prove their eligibility when they are migrated to the Lifeline National Verifier and the significant burden and confusion that will impose on Lifeline participants.

Would Means-Testing Bring More Efficiencies to the High-Cost Program?

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The American people rightfully expect that all federal programs operate as efficiently as humanly possible and are targeted to help those truly in need. As Commissioners at ...

FreedomPop targets Lifeline providers with digital platform

Location:
FreedomPop, Tarzana, CA, 91356, United States
Recommendation:
2

FreedomPop is hoping to cash in on the Federal Communications Commission’s overhaul of the Lifeline program.

Education Groups Urge Leaders to Advance Digital Equity

Location:
Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), 1025 Vermont Avenue, Washington, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
2

CoSN and the Alliance for Excellent Education issued two complementary resources for school leaders to advance digital equity and increase broadband connectivity to students nationwide. Advancing Digital Equity and Closing the Homework Gap details the current state of broadband access, its adoption, and its barriers in US communities. The second brief, Advancing Digital Equity: An Update on the FCC’s Lifeline Program, recaps efforts to modernize the Lifeline Program, explains how these changes are at risk, and puts forth ways school leaders can stand up for the program and its positive impact on learning.

Lifeline Coalition Connects with Pai’s Staff on Broadband, Net Neutrality

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Lifeline Connects Coalition met with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s Wireline Legal Advisor, Dr Jay Schwarz, on May 11, 2017, to discuss the draft Open Internet NPRM and the Commission’s commitment to support broadband services through the Lifeline program. It also discussed the upcoming increase in the Lifeline minimum service standards and current barriers to entry and industry consolidation in the Lifeline program.

Sprint, i-wireless kill joint venture agreement, will continue separately with Lifeline

Location:
Sprint Nextel, 6550 Sprint Parkway, Overland Park, KS, 66251, United States
Recommendation:
3

Sprint terminated its plan to merge its Assurance Wireless brand with i-wireless’ Access Wireless business.

AT&T will drop Lifeline program in Kansas, Missouri

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
3

AT&T is all but pulling out of programs that subsidize phone service for low-income customers in Kansas and Missouri. The telecommunication company notified regulators that it will pull out of the Kansas Lifeline Service Program in most parts of the state.

Everything Ajit Pai Has F---ed Up in the Last Three Months

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

In just three months, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai managed to mess up a lot of stuff. Here’s what he’s been busy doing:

To Jumpstart Broadband Buildout, Let Consumers Decide Who Gets FCC Subsidies

Location:
Conexon, Fayetteville, AR, 72703, United States
Recommendation:
3

Universal Service funding that is supposed to spur broadband development in rural America is padding the bottom line for incumbents who provide lousy service. To change the system overnight at no extra cost, let the subsidy follow consumer choice instead.

FreedomPop Lifeline Database Makes Lemonade Out of Lemons

Location:
FreedomPop, Tarzana, CA, 91356, United States
Recommendation:
3

Just a few months after having its credentials for participation in the Federal Communications Commission’s low-income Lifeline program revoked, FreedomPop has found a new Lifeline-related revenue stream: The company is licensing a database system originally developed for its own use to service providers approved to offer Lifeline service.

DC Circuit Court Remands Lifeline Reform Order to Federal Communications Commission

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

The DC Circuit Court granted the FCC’s motion to remand the Lifeline Reform Order back to the Federal Communications Commission.

Five Obama-era tech policies on the chopping block

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is just getting started. Here are five regulations or policies he's working to roll back.

Piecemeal Lifeline Reform Efforts Unlikely to Fix Its High Costs

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Lost among the outrage over the Federal Communications Commission’s largely inconsequential decision to revoke Lifeline Broadband Provider status from nine carriers is the problem of the program’s economic costs.

FCC head delivers another blow to affordable internet program

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai put more pressure on the Lifeline affordable internet program, announcing that he would allow states to decide which companies are certified to participate. The announcement comes after Chairman Pai's decision earlier in 2017 to cut nine providers from the Lifeline program, which elicited criticism from groups that supported the measures.

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Pai's Lifeline Statement is Anti-competition and Anti-consumer

In 2016, the Federal Communications Commission created a streamlined federal Lifeline Broadband Provider (LBP) designation process working within statutory limitations. The process allowed for broadband-only provision of service and flexibility in service areas to encourage new entrants into the Lifeline marketplace.

FCC's Pai Gets Pushback on Lifeline Eligibility Rollback

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai was already getting pushback from Capitol Hill, his fellow Democratic commissioner, and others soon after he announced the plan to roll back the FCC's Lifeline eligibility program in favor of letting states decide who should get to provide the subsidized broadband service to low income residents.

FCC Extends Deadline for Boomerang to Shed Lifeline Broadband Customers

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

In this Order, the Federal Communications Commission extend the deadline for Boomerang Wireless to notify, de-enroll, and transition subscribers currently receiving a Lifeline-supported broadband Internet access service (BIAS) in service areas where Boomerang’s only eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) designation is a Lifeline Broadband Provider (LBP) designation.

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn Releases Final #Solutions2020 Call to Action Plan

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
4

Our office is pleased to release a final version of the #Solutions2020 Call to Action Plan. We believe these recommendations, if acted upon in a timely manner, can deliver robust, affordable, and reliable connectivity within the next four years.

Tens of Thousands Urge FCC Chairman Pai to Get Serious About the Digital Divide, Stop Restricting Lifeline Services

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

On March 23, a coalition of digital rights advocates, racial justice groups and grassroots activists called on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to make a more genuine effort to provide affordable internet access for low-income communities.

Common Sense Kids Action Calls for Restoring Lifeline Eligibilities

Location:
Common Sense Media, 650 Townsend, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States
Recommendation:
3

Common Sense Kids Action has joined with educational groups to champion the restoration of Lifeline eligibility for nine companies.

No Health Insurance Is Hard. No Phone? Unthinkable.

Location:
Springville, UT, United States
Recommendation:
2

As the health care debate thundered away in Washington, Rep Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) stirred up a social media squall by suggesting that uninsured Americans should invest in their own health care “rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love.”

Rural broadband subsidy programs are a failure. We need to fix them.

Location:
Technology Policy Institute, 1401 Eye NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
3

A cost-effective subsidy program should provide funds first where they will yield the largest bang for the buck and last where they yield the smallest.

6 changes the FCC has made in just six weeks

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

Here's some of what the Federal Communications Commission has done under President Donald Trump ...

Civil Rights Groups Seek Meeting With FCC's Pai

Location:
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, 1629 K Street NW, Washington, DC, 20006, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights—whose over 200 members include the Communications Workers of America, the NAACP and the Anti-Defamation League—has written Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to express concerns about his early actions as chairman.

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