Advertisement

FCC Approves Changes to Phone Subsidies on Tribal Lands

FCC Approves Changes to Phone Subsidies on Tribal Lands

FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press
November 16, 2017 05:58 PM

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Federal regulators have approved major changes to a program that provides discounted phone service to low-income residents on tribal land.

Advertisement – Content Continues Below

About 12.5 million people across the country use Lifeline, a program created 30 years ago to improve access to phone service.

The program gives subscribers a $9.25 monthly discount on phone service. About 500,000 subscribers on tribal lands get an extra $25 monthly discount.

The Federal Communications Commission approved three changes Thursday that apply to tribal lands. They drop the deeper discount for phone providers that piggyback off existing infrastructure, establish new mapping of tribal lands and require independent verification of tribal residency.

The FCC says the changes are aimed at reducing waste, fraud and abuse.

Consumer advocates say excluding some providers will harm Indian Country.


Credits

FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Relay Media Amp

Nolan Staying on Swanson Ticket Despite Calls to Step Aside

Former Campaign Manager Joe Radinovich, Others Weigh in on Nolan Staffer Allegations

Duluth Facility First in Minn. to Offer Kids Residential Psychiatric Treatment

Cliffs' CEO Ready for New Leadership in Minnesota

Walker Wants Federal Disaster Declaration for NW Wisconsin

Lake Superior Circle Tour Highway Reopens after Brief Closure

Advertisement