Hard Lifeline Budget Cap Could Cut Service To The Poor

Law360, Washington (May 18, 2016, 10:37 PM EDT) -- Congress' proposal to place a hard budget cap on the newly expanded Lifeline program could jeopardize the goals of the program by preventing eligible, low-income consumers from enrolling, and experts say the flawed plan is based on a lack of understanding about how Lifeline functions.

A Republican lawmaker has proposed a bill, now before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, that would halt Lifeline spending at $1.5 billion. The measure, H.R. 4884, seized on the outrage of the Federal Communications Commission's Republican members after the collapse of a bipartisan compromise that would have imposed a hard cap on Lifeline's budget...

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