Filing Supports Affordable Mobile Voice Services

Free Press submitted a filing to the FCC in which they highlight the value of affordable mobile voice services: As we noted in a joint filing with New America’s Open Technology Institute last month, some Lifeline participants may find a mobile voice product far more attractive than broadband, assuming the support amount stays fixed at a maximum of $9.25 per … Read More

Lawmakers Echo FCC Chairman’s Call for Lifeline to Support Broadband

Members of Congress are asking FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to further modernize the Lifeline program to include broadband Internet services. Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and 85 other members of the House sent a letter to Chairman Tom Wheeler on February 11, asking that the Lifeline subsidy be made available to “all telecommunication services.”  The lawmakers urged that Lifeline funding be … Read More

Disability Advocates Letter to FCC

On February 10, 2016, American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), The Arc, The Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP), Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), National Association of the Deaf (NAD), National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), Perkins School for the Blind, Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI), … Read More

TracFone Meeting with FCC: Supporting Lifeline Improvements, Avoiding Participation Barriers

TracFone Wireless, Inc. submitted a notice of ex parte presentation to the FCC regarding their meeting with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to discuss “Lifeline and Link Up Reform and Modernization.” TracFone emphasizes the improvements that the FCC is capable of making to the Lifeline program and cautions the FCC against changes that could create program participation barriers for the nation’s … Read More

Consumer Action asks FCC not to narrow criteria for Lifeline phone service

More than 2,580 signers oppose recommendations to amend Lifeline eligibility requirements so that far fewer who need subsidy would qualify; overly complicated voucher-style system also opposed as likely to further shrink Lifeline participation. The nonprofit Consumer Action has filed a petition with 2,585 signatures to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in opposition to proposals to sharply reduce the ranks of … Read More

TracFone Wireless Lends Support to “Precision Medicine Challenge” to Benefit Underserved in U.S

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2015  — TracFone Wireless Inc. (TracFone) is partnering with the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT) to support the “Advancing Health Equity through Precision Medicine Tools” Challenge (www.PMIChallenge.org). TracFone and the other partners in the Challenge are being recognized here this week for their support during the HIMSS Connected Health Conference. The Challenge is an undertaking … Read More

The road to broadband is paved with the best intentions

The recently announced plan by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand the Lifeline program to include broadband for qualifying low-income households is being hailed by nearly everyone as a much needed step to bridge the digital divide. And while there is no doubting the good intentions of the FCC, no one seems to be asking the key question: Will … Read More

TracFone Applauds FCC’s Lifeline Modernization Push, Outlines Key Issues That Will Need To Be Addressed To Avoid Pitfalls

MIAMI, Sept. 1, 2015 — TracFone Wireless Inc. (TracFone) submitted comments today to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) supporting efforts to reform and modernize Lifeline, but also cautioned that “negative unintended consequences easily could result from well-meaning, but misguided or poorly implemented, changes” to the vitally important program. With about 4.4 million qualified low-income households currently enrolled in its SafeLink Wireless® … Read More

TracFone Statement On FCC Action Thursday On Lifeline Broadband

MIAMI, June 17, 2015  — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected tomorrow to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on the expansion of the Universal Service Fund Lifeline program to include broadband. TracFone Wireless, Inc. (TracFone) issued the following statement today: “TracFone, the nation’s largest provider of wireless Lifeline support, looks forward to collaborating with the Federal Communication Commission … Read More