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2013-05-16 16:27:55

Additional Reforms Proposed by TracFone Also Urged to Improve Wireless Lifeline MIAMI, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- TracFone Wireless, Inc., issued the following statement today: "As the leader of the federal Lifeline program, we welcome the call by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill for an independent federal audit of any inefficiencies that may remain in the program. In our view, all responsible Lifeline wireless service providers will embrace such additional scrutiny. In...

2013-04-25 12:33:55

Total of 4 Letters Sent to Capitol Hill Highlight Efforts to Eliminate Inefficiencies in Cell Phone Service for Those in Need; Health, Security and Employment Benefits of Program Emphasized. WASHINGTON, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ahead of a hearing today before the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, 31 leading organizations - including the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Alliance for Retired...

2013-04-10 04:20:52

Currently 11 Billion USD is Languishing Unused in Universal Service Funds, With 4.1 Billion USD Sitting in India's Fund Alone NEW DELHI, April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Following extensive research, the GSMA today called for governments and regulators to reassess their approach to Universal Service Fund (USF) levies. In a new report issued today, the GSMA concludes that most funds are not succeeding in delivering their stated goal of widening access to telecommunication services and...

2013-02-26 12:31:53

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Public officials, emergency responders, community leaders, private industry, health care and education professionals, and homeowners today announced the formation of Keep Texas Connected, a new coalition seeking to preserve state investment in rural telecommunications services, calling it key to a growing Texas economy. "The Texas economy depends on a robust, reliable and affordable statewide telecommunications network," said Joey...

Massive Scam In US Lifeline Program
2013-02-12 19:52:12

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online It was uncovered this week as many as 41 percent of users of the government-funded phones under the Lifeline program are not qualified to take part in the program. An investigation conducted by the Wall Street Journal uncovered the misuse of resources. That Universal Service Fee you see on your cell phone and land line bill each month funds the program, which provides cell phones, Internet service, and land lines to low-income...

2013-02-04 12:21:24

NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- PSE&G is reminding customers that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now taking applications for the 2013 heating season. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120830/MM62627LOGO ) "Last year over 90,000 PSE&G customers received help from the Low Income Heating Assistance Program, but we know there are many more who are not aware of it," said Joseph A. Forline, PSE&G's vice president for customer solutions....

2012-10-16 07:32:34

NEW YORK and SAGINAW, Mich., Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- State and local government agencies, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, libraries and nonprofit organizations across the U.S. will continue to have access to a broad array of advanced communications and information technology solutions under a renewed agreement between Verizon and MiCTA, a nationwide group-purchasing organization. Under the agreement with MiCTA (previously known as Michigan Collegiate Telecommunications...

2012-10-11 11:28:13

MIAMI, Oct. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TracFone Wireless, Inc., issued the following fact sheet today on behalf of its SAFELINK WIRELESS® service for Income-eligible households under the federal Lifeline program: FACT #1: There is no "Obama phone." The Lifeline program has always enjoyed broad bipartisan support and dates back to 1985. The whole notion of an "Obama phone" is a hoax that has been rebutted by several leading news organizations and fact-checking groups. The...

2012-10-05 06:23:29

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, November 7, 2012, the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC-Mid-Atlantic) will present the Honorable Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), with its annual Diversity Champion Award. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20060705/NYW092LOGO) The award will be presented at a reception which will be held at the Newseum located at 555...

2012-10-01 06:22:17

NEWARK, N.J., Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- PSE&G is reminding customers that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now open for applications for the 2013 heating season. PSE&G heating customers typically receive about $300 toward their winter heating bills. "We know there are many families who still are not aware of the Low Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the additional Emergency LIHEAP assistance that may be available to them," said Joseph...