Does Lifeline Need a Life Boat?

by Joan Marsh

Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Last week, the GAO issued a report on its investigation into the FCC’s Lifeline program, a program designed to deliver essential communications services to low income families but one that has grown at an alarming rate.  The report’s findings are both expected and surprising – expected in that the report highlights areas of weakness in…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Actions on Lifeline, Privacy

The following statement may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “Notwithstanding the controversy that occurred over the Lifeline action at today’s meeting, positive steps were taken to move Lifeline into the 21st century by beginning the transition of the program from voice to broadband. The agency also started the…

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Lifeline is Headed in the Right Direction (We Hope)

by Jim Cicconi

Former AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs, Retired September 2016

The effort to modernize the troubled Lifeline program appears to be moving in the right direction.  AT&T has long supported the need to fix the program’s glaring administrative problems while allowing Lifeline eligible consumers to use their $9.25 discount on Internet access services. Last week, the FCC’s fact sheet outlined plans for a National Eligibility…

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A 21st Century Safety Net

by Jim Cicconi

Former AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs, Retired September 2016

Tomorrow, the Senate Commerce Committee will convene a hearing on the future of the FCC’s Lifeline program.  Given the recent GAO report on the program and the FCC report on the broadband Lifeline trial, some folks might argue that Lifeline is irreversibly broken and incapable of accomplishing any credible goals.  While I would agree that…

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