Opinion: Nation’s Poor to the FCC: “We’re Way Ahead of You.”

Last week the FCC adopted a proposal that, according to the agency, takes “significant steps to modernize its Lifeline program.” Lifeline is a 30 year-old telecommunications subsidy program for low-income households. After 30 years, you would think that the program has made a demonstrable impact on making “phone service affordable for low-income Americans,” as the FCC put it. You would be wrong.

As I think most American’s would agree, the FCC is right for caring about the poor, but the agency’s plan doesn’t put that care into action.

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