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Nine Groups Urge FCC’s Genachowski To Avoid Harming Poorest Americans With “Unrealistic And Unworkable Deadline” For Wireless Lifeline Reforms

January 1, 2013

WASHINGTON May 24, 2012 Julius Genachowski January 1, 2013

The joint statement was signed by the following groups: Alliance for Generational Equity; California Alliance for Retired Americans; Community Action Partnership; Consumer Action; Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition; National Consumers League; National Grange; National Hispanic Media Coalition; and the World Institute on Disability.

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June 1 Georgia https://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50115/images/lifelineandlinkltrfinal.pdf

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In the new joint statement issued today to FCC Chairman Genachowski, the nine groups said: 

"We have supported Federal Communication Commission efforts to reform and modernize the Universal Service Fund’s Lifeline program. We applaud the Commission’s efforts, especially those that seek to reduce fraud and modernize the program by expanding access to broadband.

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Failing to do so would deprive tens of thousands of eligible Lifelines wireless applicants of the telecommunications access that Congress intended them to have.  Failing to do so in the face of clear indications that states are not ready to meet the deadline would send a signal that the FCC is willing to deliberately strand America’s most vulnerable consumers for no reason other than sticking with a purely arbitrary deadline that easily could be adjusted in a compassionate fashion. 

We can find no justifiable reason for a de facto shutdown of Lifeline wireless, thus depriving universal telecommunications access to the Americans who need it most.

Although telephone service does not guarantee financial freedom, it does create opportunity for greater economic freedom. In today’s challenging economic conditions, we believe Lifeline is more relevant and more important now than at any point in its 27-year history. We appreciate the time and energy you are devoting to ensuring the program’s success, and would welcome the opportunity to discuss our concerns with you in more detail. Thank you for your work on this issue." 

Washington, D.C.

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