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Commissioner Clyburn Stmt on the Senate's Proposed Lifeline Amendments

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Released: March 22, 2013

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEWS MEDIA CONTACT
March 22, 2013
Angie Kronenberg, (202) 418-2100
angela.kronenberg@fcc.gov
COMMISSIONER MIGNON CLYBURN'S STATEMENT ON THE PROPOSED LIFELINE
AMENDMENTS FOR THE SENATE'S BUDGET RESOLUTION
“The amendments being offered today in the Senate fail to take into account how vital a
program Lifeline is for low income families to stay connected, help secure and maintain jobs,
and reach law enforcement in case of emergencies. This administration inherited a program that
did not have proper controls in place, but last year we took appropriate and significant steps to
correct that. As a result, we saved more than $200 million last year and are on target to save $2
billion by the end of 2014. The Commission is open to making additional adjustments where
necessary, but in no uncertain terms should qualifying low-income consumers who have
followed the rules, be refused service.”
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