FCC's Lifeline Backtrack Foreshadows Program Changes

By Jenna Ebersole (February 15, 2017, 8:48 PM EST) -- The Federal Communications Commission under the leadership of new Chairman Ajit Pai has set off a firestorm of controversy by revoking the eligibility of several companies to provide Lifeline broadband services, and experts say recent FCC action suggests the commission will seek to change Obama-era program updates.

Lawmakers in the House and Senate in recent days have blasted Pai's decision to undo the federal approval of nine companies' eligibility to provide service to low-income consumers, questioning the effect that doing so will have on Pai's stated goal of closing the digital divide. The chairman hit back at some criticism earlier this...

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