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Communications Safety Net: How Lifeline Connects Families and Communities

Communications Safety Net
How Lifeline Connects Families and Communities

The Federal Communications Commission's Lifeline program is a critical tool to help low-income households across the country access affordable communications services. Through the program, Lifeline recipients connect with loved ones, search for employment, pursue further education goals, and engage fully as citizens. Lifeline beneficiaries include our nation's most vulnerable and chronically underserved - veterans, communities of color, native populations, seniors, and rural residents. For members of these communities, the Lifeline program facilitates access to services that would otherwise be unaffordable. These services are so important that those with limited means may limit expenses for other essentials like food or health care ensure that they are connected to their loved ones.

In an era of federal belt-tightening, policy makers are scrutinizing this important program and others. The New America Foundation, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Hispanic Media Coalition, The National Consumer Law Center, and the Media Action Grassroots Network will host an event to bring together advocates and policy makers to discuss the importance of the Lifeline program to their constituencies and describe how those who have depended on Lifeline use the program to stay connected to their families and engage with their communities.

PARTICIPANTS

Introduction
Chanelle Hardy
Senior Vice President for Policy, National Urban League
Executive Director, National Urban League Policy Institute

Keynote
Mignon Clyburn
Acting Chairwoman, Federal Communications Commission

Panelists
Catherine J.K. Sandoval
Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

Jessica Gonzalez
Vice President Policy and Legal Affairs, National Hispanic Media Coalition

Chanelle Hardy

Olivia Wein
Staff Attorney, National Consumer Law Center

Moderator
Gene Kimmelman
Senior Associate, Global Partners
Director, Internet Policy and Human Rights Project, New America Foundation

http://newamerica.net/events/2013/communications_safety_net