Kentucky Youth Advocates Issues Letter Condemning Bill that Would Damage Kentucky Families, the Lifeline Program

Below is the content of the February 25, 2019 letter from Kentucky Youth Advocates Executive Director Dr. Terry I. Brooks to Kentucky Speaker David Osborne outlining the value of the Lifeline program and the damage that would be inflicted upon Kentucky families if damaging legislation is implemented As you know, Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA) believes that you cannot separate the … Read More

Veterans, Consumer Groups Warn Against Kentucky State Assembly “Hanging Up” Phone Service Used by Low-Income Vets, Other State Residents

More Than 13,000 Vets in “Military-Retiree Friendly” Kentucky Rely on Program for Health Access, Along With 130,000+ Other State Residents; Tax Bill Likely to Run Lifeline Cellphone Service Providers Out of State. FRANKFORT, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With three major military bases in its borders – Fort Campbell, Fort Knox and Blue Grass Army Depot – Kentucky is a major home to Army … Read More

Task Force Dagger Foundation Recognizes TracFone Support for Special Operations Service Members

Funds Will Be Used to Support Special Operators’ Family Needs Not Fully Covered By Military, Dept. of Defense, Veterans Affairs or Insurance; Hundreds of Thousands of Vets Already Served by TracFone’s SafeLink Service Under Federal Lifeline Program WASHINGTON, D.C. and MIAMI – June 21, 2018 – The nonprofit Task Force Dagger Foundation (TFDF) is announcing new support from TracFone Wireless, … Read More

Analysis of 2017 GAO Report Finds Results Flawed, Outdated

Susan M. Gately and Helen E. Golding, two authors who have been evaluating matters related to the operation of the FCC’s universal service fund since its inception and have written extensively on opportunities for waste, fraud, and abuse in the High Cost Fund portion of USF, released an analysis in February 2018 entitled An Analysis of the “Unconfirmed” and “Deceased” Subscriber … Read More

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