Sprint Fights FCC Lifeline Reforms

Law360, Washington (February 23, 2016, 5:42 PM EST) -- Sprint Corp. continued pushing back Monday on several proposals for the Federal Communications Commission's revamp of the Lifeline low-income phone subsidy, arguing that giving subsidies directly to end users and limiting eligibility could undermine the program.

The proposed voucher system where end users would be provided the Lifeline benefit directly — instead of through providers under the current system — could prove “extremely burdensome” for subscribers to Lifeline, with a great deal of administrative expense as well as increased incidences of waste, fraud and abuse, Sprint representatives told members of FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn's staff according to an ex parte filing...

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