Telecom Trade Groups Question FCC Lifeline Proposals

By Adam Sege (March 18, 2016, 4:15 PM EDT) -- Four telecommunications trade groups have shared "significant concerns" about certain changes the Federal Communications Commission may make to its Lifeline subsidy program for low-income consumers, saying the changes could end up harming the customers they are designed to help.

In a joint letter Thursday to the FCC, the Competitive Carriers Association and three other groups said they shared the agency's goal of extending the Lifeline program to include broadband, but suggested components of the FCC's plans may ultimately limit what carriers can provide through the program.

"If adopted, these proposals will disrupt successful aspects of the Lifeline program, hinder the ability...

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