Spiked Lifeline Compromise Shows Political Cracks In FCC

Law360, Washington (April 2, 2016, 12:08 AM EDT) -- The eleventh-hour collapse at the Federal Communications Commission of a bipartisan compromise on expanding the Lifeline subsidy program was a clear illustration of the same political tensions that are prevailing nationally, and experts expect the infighting will lead to little compromise during the remainder of Chairman Tom Wheeler's leadership.

At an FCC meeting Thursday that was already delayed several hours, Republican commissioners staged a public showdown over the chairman's leadership, accusing him of bullying Lifeline reform champion and Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn into reneging on a compromise deal. The FCC instead broke 3-2 along party lines to pass a plan that...

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