FCC Walks Back Lifeline Change Amid Industry Pushback (1)

Nov. 19, 2019, 11:14 PMUpdated: Nov. 20, 2019, 12:45 AM

The Federal Communications Commission will waive a change to a phone and broadband subsidy program for low-income Americans, ceding to a request from wireless industry and public interest groups.

The agency, in an order released Nov. 19, agreed to void an upcoming rule that would make wireless carriers participating in the Lifeline program cover far more broadband data usage than they do now. Carriers starting Dec. 1 will have to offer only 3 GB of data usage to Lifeline subscribers, as opposed to the FCC’s originally proposed 8.75 GB.

The agency did not delay its plans to start ramping down ...

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