Low Income Pilot Program Roundtable Discussion

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
Commission Meeting Room (TW-C305), 445 12th Street S.W., Washington, DC

The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) is hosting a roundtable discussion to enable interested parties to discuss the design of pilot programs that would provide subsidies for broadband access to low-income consumers.

The roundtable will initiate discussion among interested parties about how to design pilot programs for low-income consumers. 

The format of the roundtable will be a facilitated discussion led by Commission staff. During the roundtable, staff will solicit input from attendees on issues relating to pilot design, such as:

  • Pilot program goals and potential obstacles to achieving those goals;
  • Criteria for, and selection of, carriers to participate in pilot programs;
  • Criteria for, and selection of, consumers to participate in pilot programs;
  • Scope and duration of pilot programs; and
  • Metrics to measure accomplishment of goals.

For more information please refer to the Public Notice. The Roundtable discussion will be held in the Commission Meeting Room (TW-C305); interested parties can also watch a live stream of the Roundtable online at FCC.gov/live or join via audio bridge using 1-866-566-7390 with participant code: 4732812. Interested parties can also submit questions via e-mail and Twitter.


  1. Introduction
  2. Welcome – Commissioner Mignon Clyburn
    Welcome – Commissioner Meredith A. Baker
  3. Background on Broadband Plan's Recommendation for Pilot
  4. Low Income Pilot Roundtable Discussion
    • Long-term Goals for Lifeline and Link Up for Broadband
    • Existing Data and Information Sources
    • Pilot Program Mechanics
  5. Wrap-up

Speaker List

  • Jonathan Banks, Senior Vice President, Law and Policy, USTelecom
  • Alyssa Clemsen Roberts, Government Affairs Coordinator, International Broadband Electric Communications, Inc.
  • Dr. Mark Cooper, Director of Research, Consumer Federation of America
  • Mark Dankberg, Chairman, CEO and co-founder, ViaSat, Inc.
  • Ken Eisner, Managing Director, OE Ventures at One Economy Corporation
  • Jon Gant, Ph.D., Associate Professor University of Illinois, Visiting Resident Fellow, Media and Technology Institute, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
  • Michael Grover, Executive Director of Government Affairs, Cox Communications
  • Robert Haga, Senior Policy Advisor, California Public Utilities Commission
  • David LaFuria, Partner, Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, LLP
  • Sandy Markwood, CEO, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
  • Carroll Onsae, President and General Manager, Hopi Telecommunications, Inc.
  • Javier H. Rosado, Senior Vice President of Lifeline Services, TracFone Wireless, Inc.
  • Gregory L. Rosston, Deputy Director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and Deputy Director of the Public Policy program at Stanford University
  • Barrett C. Sheridan, National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates
  • Ben Spearman, Vice President/CRO, Comporium

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