Winter Policy Summit logo

February 10-13, 2019 • Renaissance Washington Hotel • Washington, D.C.

Winter Policy Summit logo

February 10-13, 2019
Renaissance Washington Hotel
Washington, D.C.

Staff Subcommittee on Consumers and the Public Interest

Sunday

9:00-11:45 a.m. • Renaissance West A / Renaissance East

9:00-10:15 a.m.

Renaissance West A

Closed Session

10:15-10:45 a.m. Networking Break

10:45 - 12:00 p.m.

Renaissance East 

Lifeline Assistance: What Exactly does Modernization Mean?

For decades, the federal Lifeline Assistance program has offered a lifeline to qualifying low-income consumers to ensure they have basic phone service to connect to job opportunities, community emergency and health services, as well as family and friends.  As the program expanded to include wireless phones, public utility commissions across the country found renewed consumer interest in Lifeline.  Now, the program is being modernized to include broadband and streamline eligibility and recertification processes. Learn what modernization means for carriers, commissions, and most importantly, consumers.

Moderator: Phil Boyle, Consumer Services Manager, Oregon PUC

Panelists:

Michelle Garber, Vice President of Lifeline, USAC

Ryan B. Palmer, Chief, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, FCC