Lifeline Letter to FCC, Filed November 8, 2017

On November 8th, NHMC joined other civil rights groups in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission Re: Bridging the Digital Divide for Low-Income Consumers, WC Docket No. 17-287; Lifeline Link Up Reform and  Modernization, WC Docket No. 11-42; Telecommunications Carriers Eligible for Universal Service, WC Docket No. 09-197

In the letter, it is said, “The Draft Lifeline Item’s proposals make the erroneous and dangerous assumption that the Lifeline benefit must be even further constrained in order for individuals to “value” the benefit…These proposals fail to recognize that for most poor people, paying a bill for an essential communications service may well mean forgoing food, healthcare, clothing, school supplies, and other basic necessities.”

Groups that signed onto the letter include:
Access Humboldt
American Library Association
Appalshop, Inc.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC
Benton Foundation
Center for Media Justice
Center for Rural Strategies
Color Of Change
Common Cause
Common Sense Kids Action
Communications Workers of America
Ellis Jacobs, Attorney for The Greater Edgemont Community Coalition of Dayton Ohio
Free Press
Janice Meyers Educational Consulting, LLC
National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians – CWA
National Congress of American Indians
National Consumer Law Center, on behalf of its low-income clients
National Hispanic Media Coalition
New America’s Open Technology Institute
OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates
Public Knowledge
The Greenlining Institute
United Church of Christ, OC Inc.

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