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2009-11-17 09:37:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon signaled its support Tuesday (Nov. 17) of legislation to reform the universal service communications subsidy program. The measure is sponsored by Rep. Rick Boucher, chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Rep. Lee Terry. "Today we endorse the Boucher-Terry legislation because we believe it embraces policies to reform and sustain the [Universal Service] Fund, and directs funds to meet the true communications needs of...

2009-11-04 10:00:00

ANNAPOLIS, Md., Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, TracFone Wireless, Inc., America's leading prepaid cell phone provider announced its launch of SafeLink Wireless® in Maryland. SafeLink Wireless is the first and only completely free offering of Lifeline - a U.S. government supported program that ensures telephone service is available and affordable for eligible low-income households. The SafeLink Wireless service will provide eligible low-income households a free cell...

2009-09-29 18:21:00

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, TracFone Wireless, Inc., America's leading prepaid cell phone provider announced its launch of SafeLink Wireless® in Illinois. SafeLink Wireless is the first and only completely free offering of Lifeline -- a U.S. government supported program for income eligible households that ensures telephone service is available and affordable for eligible low-income households. The SafeLink Wireless service will provide...

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2009-09-13 08:40:00

The $787 billion economic stimulus package passed by Congress in February may have too narrowly focused on determining the speed and availability of broadband Internet access throughout the United States. The stimulus bill, which was championed by the Obama administration, allocated up to $350 million in funding for the establishment of a national broadband map to help shape policies to expand high-speed Internet access.  But the high price tag struck some within the telecommunications...

2009-06-29 12:38:00

COAT Applauds Representative Markey for Introducing the 'Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2009' WASHINGTON, June 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) is very pleased that Representative Edward Markey (D-MA) has introduced the "Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2009" (H.R. 3101). The bill would modernize the Communications Act by ensuring that new Internet-enabled...

2009-06-24 13:00:00

Consumer, Latino and Disabled Groups Urge CA PUC to OK Federal Program Already in Place in More than 15 Other States; Federal Funding Available for Program Requiring No New Taxes or Spending by State. SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California should stop dragging its feet and allow free wireless telephone service to be extended under an existing federal program to as many as 2.4 million qualifying low-income households, according to leading consumer, Hispanic and...

2009-06-08 13:54:00

Company's 10-Point Proposal Focuses on Access, Demand and Adoption WASHINGTON, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon on Monday (June 8) submitted its suggestions for the national broadband plan called for by Congress and President Obama. The suggestions are contained in a detailed, 10-point proposal filed with the Federal Communications Commission. "Verizon looks forward to working with policymakers and other stakeholders in developing broadband policies that will ensure broadband availability to...

2009-05-07 11:19:00

LifeLine Call Manager plan available to qualifying, low-income consumers ATLANTA, May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- SouthernLINC Wireless, a Southern Company (NYSE: SO), today announced that it has been designated as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC) in Alabama and Georgia. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090507/CL13145) By becoming an ETC, SouthernLINC Wireless is entitled to receive support dollars from the Universal Service Fund (USF) to operate, maintain and upgrade its...

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2009-03-13 10:55:00

U.S. Phone companies told the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on telecommunications they wanted a change regarding a $4.5 billion annual fund intended to ensure nationwide service in high-cost areas, claiming it is outdated and promotes inefficiency, Reuters reported.Net payers into the controversial fund include both AT&T and Verizon, who suggested competitive bidding to set fund awards. Some believe the annual total should be capped amid recent...

2009-03-12 09:36:00

Verizon, in Congressional Testimony, Suggests Guidelines and Practical Reforms WASHINGTON, March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- A senior telecommunications executive today made specific recommendations to Congress on how broadband Internet grant money contained in the economic stimulus package and reform of the nation's universal service subsidy system can be used to deploy broadband networks to U.S. households throughout the country. In testimony before the House Subcommittee on Communications,...


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