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Acting FCC Chairwoman Clyburn Statement On Lifeline Awareness Week

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Released: September 9, 2013

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STATEMENT FROM ACTING FCC CHAIRWOMAN MIGNON CLYBURN ON LIFELINE

AWARENESS WEEK

"Most of us take for granted that we can call 911 in a crisis and reach family, friends and employers when
necessary. But for many low-income Americans, this basic necessity -- phone service remains a luxury
few can afford. Ensuring access to communications for all Americans, regardless of income, is why
Lifeline was launched in 1985 during the Reagan Administration, and why this commitment was codified
by Congress in 1996. And that's why the FCC has modernized and reformed Lifeline for today's world
of mobile communications while looking forward to the next challenge: providing affordable access to
broadband. Lifeline Awareness Week is a time for us to appreciate what a lifeline the program has been
for the neediest Americans and to share our vision of a lifeline to jobs, education, health and
opportunity through affordable broadband access for all."
-- FCC--

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