Last call for comments on Lifeline

I know I heard from folks who were glad to hear about the Lifeline program last time I posted something. So, I thought I’d post this too…

The Rural Broadband Policy Group (RBPG), a working group from the National Rural Assembly, would like to make you aware of a last-minute opportunity to support the federal Lifeline program.

Lifeline is a government benefit program that provides discounts on monthly telephone service for eligible low-income consumers to help ensure they have the opportunities and security that telephone service affords, including being able to connect to jobs, family, and 911 services. In rural, Tribal, and low-income communities, Lifeline is literally a lifeline for residents. However, Lifeline has recently come under attack and cuts to the program have been proposed.

Tomorrow, the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will host a hearing on the Lifeline program. RBPG would like to encourage you to share your opinion about the program and how it impacts your community.

Annually, the program helps millions of families across the country afford a basic telephone line. Lifeline is essential to the success of our country because it ensures that even the most unserved areas are safe, able to communicate, and included. RBPG believes that any cuts to Lifeline will leave rural communities more vulnerable and locked out from full participation.

Share your thoughts on Lifeline!

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

1 thought on “Last call for comments on Lifeline

  1. More info – Tomorrow–Thursday, April 25th–The Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology has scheduled a hearing on the Lifeline Program of the Universal Service Fund. (What is Lifeline? Read this article by Jamilah King at Colorlines.com)
    The hearing titled, “The Lifeline Fund: Money Well Spent?” will be webcast beginning at 10:30 am Eastern. Among the witnesses testifying, is our ally and friend, Jessica González of the National Hispanic Media Coalition.

    Hearing Details
    Thursday, April 25, 2013
    10:30 a.m. (Eastern)
    2123 Rayburn House Office Building
    Watch Live Webcast Here
    http://energycommerce.house.gov/hearing/lifeline-fund-money-well-spent

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