Lifeline: Improving Accountability and Effectiveness

June 2, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet will hold a hearing entitled “Lifeline: Improving Accountability and Effectiveness” on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. The subcommittee chairman, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), will convene the hearing.
 
The subcommittee’s hearing will examine the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) progress in reforming Lifeline, a government program that subsidizes monthly telephone services for eligible low-income participants, and how to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse in the program. The hearing follows the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) recent report recommending that the FCC evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of Lifeline.
 
Witnesses:
 
•    Mr. Randolph May, President, Free State Foundation
•    Mr. Michael Clements, Acting Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues, Government Accountability Office (GAO)
•    Mr. Scott Bergmann, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, CTIA - The Wireless Association
•    Commissioner Ronald A. Brisé, Florida Public Service Commission, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)
•    Ms. Jessica Gonzalez, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, National Hispanic Media Coalition
 
Hearing Details:
 
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
9:30 a.m.
 
Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet hearing
 
This hearing will take place in Senate Russell Office Building, Room 253. A live video of the hearing will be available on this page.

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Minority Statement

  • Ranking Member Bill Nelson

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