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For Immediate Release: September 9, 2010
Contact: Robert J. Thormeyer, 202-898-9382, rthormeyer@naruc.org

Media Advisory: FCC, NARUC, NASUCA Host Hill Briefing on Lifeline Programs

WASHINGTON—Federal and State agencies and consumer groups will host a congressional briefing for members of Congress, their staff, the press, and the general public on Monday, Sept. 13, to promote awareness of two telephone assistance programs.

The Federal Communications Commission, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, and the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates will hold the event in recognition of the second annual National Telephone Discount Lifeline Awareness Week. Lifeline Awareness Week seeks to increase participation in the Lifeline and Link-Up programs.

Lunch will be served on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Details follow.

Who: Joel Gurin, Chief, FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau; Irene Flannery, Deputy Division Chief, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau; David Coen, President, NARUC; Charlie Acquard, Executive Director, NASUCA; Mark S. Andersen, Director of Social Services, Faith in Action DC/We Are Family

What: National Telephone Discount Lifeline Awareness Week congressional briefing

When: Monday, Sept. 13, 12:30 p.m. To accommodate our speakers, this event will start promptly at 12:30 p.m.

Where: House Rayburn Office Building, Room B339

Why: To increase knowledge of and participation in the Lifeline and Link-Up telephone assistance programs. 

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NARUC is a non-profit organization founded in 1889 whose members include the governmental agencies that are engaged in the regulation of utilities and carriers in the fifty States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. NARUC's member agencies regulate telecommunications, energy, and water utilities. NARUC represents the interests of State public utility commissions before the three branches of the Federal government.

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