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2010-05-18 09:14:00

CARSON CITY, Nev., May 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- America's largest prepaid cell phone provider, TracFone Wireless, Inc. announced the launch of SafeLink Wireless® in the state of Nevada. Introduced in August 2008, SafeLink is the leader in wireless Lifeline service - a U.S. government supported program that ensures telephone service is available and affordable for eligible low-income households. SafeLink is the only offering of its kind available in Nevada with...

2010-05-07 11:32:00

NEWARK, N.J., May 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --- PSE&G is alerting its customers that there is still time to apply for help in paying their heating bills. The deadline to apply for assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has been extended to May 28. Many eligible individuals and families have not yet applied. LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps income-eligible customers offset the cost of heating bills and in some circumstances may cover...

2010-04-19 07:00:00

AUGUSTA, Maine, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- TracFone Wireless, Inc., America's largest prepaid cell phone provider, announced its Maine launch of SafeLink Wireless®. Introduced in August 2008, SafeLink is the leader in Wireless Lifeline service - a U.S. government supported program that ensures telephone service is available and affordable for eligible low-income households. SafeLink is the only offering of its kind available in Maine with 145,246 residents who qualify...

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2010-03-23 10:45:00

The national broadband plan that was delivered to Congress last week has apparently not satisfied some experts who feel that the United States would still fall behind other industrialized nations in speed and price, according to the Associated Press (AP). Experts insist that the plan, proposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is not nearly effective enough to bring faster Internet speeds at competitively lower prices to more Americans. Why the proposal would fail, is due to...

2010-03-16 15:33:00

Includes several Landrieu recommendations to expand high-speed Internet WASHINGTON, March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., Chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, today commented on the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) release of the National Broadband Plan to increase broadband Internet access in every corner of the country. "The National Broadband Plan released by the FCC encourages the nationwide...

2010-03-16 12:48:00

NTCA says current plan may not incent broadband deployment in rural America ARLINGTON, Va., March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) hailed the FCC for its significant work on the National Broadband Plan, particularly on portions of the plan that focus on reforming the federal Universal Service Fund (USF). However, the group says other aspects of the plan may not incent broadband deployment in rural America and must be addressed....

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2010-03-15 06:50:00

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will unveil plans on Tuesday to both dramatically increase the speed of broadband Internet for most of the U.S. and free up additional space for wireless service. Both proposals have drawn mixed reaction from those affected. One of the primary goals of the new legislation is to increase online connection and download speeds by nearly 25-times their current levels. The FCC report states that they would like to have 100 Mbps speed available to 100...

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2010-03-07 09:37:36

The Federal Communications Commission wants to utilize government programs that could help make high-speed Internet accessible for all Americans. The Universal Service Fund, a program that subsidizes telephone service in poor and rural areas, is being studied by the FCC, who wants to revamp the program as part of their national broadband plan that is due in Congress on March 17. The FCC says it wants to transform the program over the next ten years to pay for high-speed Internet access...

2010-03-05 16:14:00

WASHINGTON, March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Federal Communications Commission's Broadband Omnibus Initiative team on Friday (March 5) outlined its proposed reforms of the universal service and intercarrier compensation programs that will be included in the FCC's National Broadband Plan, due to Congress on March 17. The following is a statement by Kathleen Grillo, Verizon senior vice president of federal regulatory affairs: "The broadband team's recommendations are bold and practical. The...

2010-01-27 11:35:00

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- TracFone Wireless, Inc., America's largest prepaid cell phone provider, announced its Louisiana launch of SafeLink Wireless®. Introduced in August 2008, SafeLink is the leader in wireless Lifeline service - a U.S. government supported program that ensures telephone service is available and affordable for eligible low-income households. SafeLink is the only offering of its kind available in Louisiana with over 572,000 residents who...


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