Save Lifeline
 
 

Don't let the FCC
disconnect the poor.

 
 
 
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The Lifeline program helps people living below the poverty line stay connected to phone and internet. The Federal Communications Commission wants to destroy Lifeline — but we’re here to fight back.

 
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Join us for a

rally to #SaveLifeline.

Activists, advocates and others united against all attacks on the poor will speak out to save Lifeline on Sept. 26 in Washington, D.C.

 
 
 
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What is Lifeline?

Lifeline is a federal program that was created during the Reagan administration to subsidize telephone connections for low-income people in the United States. Following Hurricane Katrina, George W. Bush’s FCC expanded Lifeline to cover mobile phone service. In 2016, the Obama FCC modernized Lifeline for the digital age, recognizing that people need broadband to meet basic needs and participate in our society.

 
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Why is Lifeline important?

Lifeline is the only comprehensive and effective federal program to bridge the home internet-affordability gap. Studies show that poor people and people of color are far less likely to be connected to the internet than wealthy people and White folks, and that the steep cost of service is a major reason for the digital divide. Our communities need the internet to learn, find jobs, communicate with loved ones, and access health care and other vital services.

 
 
 
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Why is Lifeline under attack?

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has put forward several proposals to decimate Lifeline, including plans to cut off over 70 percent of Lifeline connections, decrease service options across the country, place an arbitrary budget cap on the program and establish a lifetime-benefits limit.

 
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Why cut Lifeline?

No one is asking for these changes. Taxes don’t pay for Lifeline, and claims of waste and abuse are overblown and based on stale data. The bottom line is that the FCC’s plan to cut Lifeline is cruel, heartless and designed solely to punish the poor.

 

WHAT'S AT STAKE?

I'm a Lifeline
subscriber.

For many of us Lifeline means communication with medical help, online education and business as well as an interactive link to the world for homebound and rural citizens.
— Claudia, New Mexico
 
Takouie Daglian speaking about how the Lifeline program enables her to stay in touch with her children and her doctor.

Takouie Daglian speaking about how the Lifeline program enables her to stay in touch with her children and her doctor.

 
 
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Together we can save Lifeline.

More than 300 organizations oppose the FCC's proposal to dismantle Lifeline. We represent every part of the social and political spectrum, yet we're united in our opposition to this cruel and heartless plan.

Free Press

18MillionRising.org

2-1-1 Humboldt, Eureka, CA

AARP

Access Humboldt, Humboldt County, CA

Addiction Connections Resource, Havre De Grace, MD

ADRC of Pierce County, WI

ADRC of the Northwoods, Crandon, WI

African American Mayors Association

Alamo Area Council on Aging

Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS)

American Civil Liberties Union

American Library Association

Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition, Seattle, WA

Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey

Appalachian Independence Center, Inc., Abingdon, VA

Appalshop, Inc., Whitesburg, KY

Applied Research Designs, INC.

The Arc of the United States

Arise for Social Justice, Springfield, MA

Arkansas Public Service Commission

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC

Asian Law Alliance, San Jose, CA

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO

Ashbury Senior Computer Community Center, Cleveland, Ohio

Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP), Springfield, IL

Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, New York, NY

Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.

Benedictine Sisters of Baltimore, Lutherville, MD

Benton Foundation

BioLogistics LLC, Ames, IA

Black Women’s Roundtable

Blue Ridge Independent Living Center, Roanoke, VA

Bucks County Housing Development Corporation, Fallsington, PA

Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition, Doylestown, PA

California Center for Rural Policy

California Educational Technology Professionals Association (CETPA), Sacramento, CA

California Public Utilities Commission

Center for Rural Strategies

Center for accessible Technology

Center for Family Services, Clementon, NJ

Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York, NY

Center for Media Justice

Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly, Philadelphia, PA

Center for Rural Strategies, Inc.

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging

Centro Hispano, Milwaukee, WI

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, Charlotte, NC

Cherokee County Senior Services, Canton, GA

Children’s Advocacy Institute

The Children’s Agenda, Rochester, NY

The Children’s Partnership

Chinese Information & Service Center, Seattle, WA

Christensen Institute for Community Health and Empowerment

Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana

City of Seattle Community Technology Advisory Board

Coalition on Human Needs

Color of change

Collab & Play, Glendale, CA

Common Cause

Common Frequency

Common Sense Kids Action

Communications Workers of America

Communities Actively Living Independent & Free, Los Angeles, CA

Community of Vermont Elders

Community Technology Network, San Francisco, CA

Community Health Network of CT

Computer Reach, Pittsburgh, PA

Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, US Provinces

Connect Your Community, Cleveland, OH

Connected Insights, Cleveland, OH

Consumer Action

Consumers Union

Creative Interventions, Los Angeles, CA

CreaTV San Jose, San Jose, CA

CREDO

CUE, Inc., Coarsegold, CA

Daily Kos

DANEnet, Madison, WI

David Specter Shalom House, Albuquerque, NM

Dayle McIntosh Center, Anaheim, CA

Demand Progress

Demos

Department of Hawaiian Home Lands

DigitalC, Cleveland, OH

Dignity and Power Now, Los Angeles, CA

Disability Law Center, Salt Lake City, UT

Disability Law Colorado

Disability Rights California, Sacramento, CA

Disability Rights South Dakota

Disability Rights Vermont, Montpelier, VT

Disabled In Action of Metro NY

East Bay Community Law Center

Eastern Shore Center for Independent Living, Inc., Accomack, VA

El Centro de la Raza, Seattle, WA

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Ellis Jacobs, Attorney for The Greater Edgemont Community Coalition of Dayton Ohio

Embarras River Basin Agency, Inc., Greenup, IL

Empower Missouri

Equal Justice Society, Oakland, CA

Everyone On

Farmworker Association of Florida

First District Supervisor – County of Humboldt

FL Alliance of Community Development Corporations, Inc.

Florida Public Service Commission

Focus: HOPE, Detroit, MI

Food Bank of the Southern Tier, Elmira, NY

Food for People, the Food Bank for Humboldt County, Eureka, CA

Franciscan Action Network

Franciscans for Justice, Sacramento, CA

Franklin County Office on Aging, Columbus, OH

FREE! Families Rally for Emancipation and Empowerment

Future of Music Coalition

Generation Justice, Albuquerque, NM

Georgia Watch

Global Action Project, New York, NY

Greater Edgemont Community Coalition of Dayton, OH

Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Hartford, CT

Greater New York Labor Religion Coalition, New York, NY

Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc.

The Greenlining Institute

Green Lake County Dept of Health & Human Services, Green Lake, WI

Greensboro Housing Authority

Good Neighbors in the Village, Baltimore, OH

Good Shepherd Gardens Apartments, Salisbury, NC

Highwood Apartments, Columbus, NC

Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters, USA-JPIC

Homeplace at Tyro School Apartments, Lexington, NC

Home Source East Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Hope Community, Minneapolis, MN

human-I-T, Los Angeles, CA

IBSA, Inc., Topeka, KS

Immigrant Family Support Network, Wichita, KS

Impact Fund

Indiana Legal Services, Inc.

Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA), Los Angeles, CA

Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, Connecticut

Islamic Society of North America

Janice Meyers Educational Consulting, LLC

The John Leary Organization, Philadelphia, PA

Just Us Women Productions, LLC

Justice in Aging

Kansas Action for Children

Kansas Advocates for Better Care

Kansas Appleseed

Kansas Center for Economic Growth

Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Kin On Health Care Center, Seattle, WA

Kings Mountain Manor, Kings Mountain, NC

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

League of Women Voters of St. Lawrence County, Canton, NY

Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee, WI

LGBT Technology Partnership & Institute

Line Break Media, Minneapolis, MN

Long Term Care Community Coalition

Los Angeles LGBT Center, Los Angeles, CA

Low Income Utility Advocacy project

Martinez Street Women’s Center, San Antonio, TX

Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition

Media Alliance, San Francisco Bay Area

Media Mobilizing Project, Philadelphia, PA

The Media School, Indiana University

Middle Way House Inc., Bloomington, IN

Mississippi Center for Cultural Production, Utica, MS

Mississippi Public Service Commission

Mobile Citizen

Mobilization for Justice, New York, NY

Mock Place Apartments Mocksville, NC

Mooresville Manor, Mooresville, NC

Mountain Place Apts., Mt. Airy, NC

NAACP

National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

National Association of Social Workers

National Association of State Utility Advocates

National Coalition on Black Civic Participation

National Coalition for the Homeless

National Consumer Law Center

National Consumers League

National Council of Churches

National Council of Jewish Women, Portland, ME

National Digital Inclusion Alliance

National Disability Rights Network

National Health IT Collaborative

National Hispanic Media Coalition

National LGBTQ Task Force

National Lifeline Association

National Organization for Women

Native Public Media

National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce

National Tribal Telecommunications Association

National Urban League

Nebraska Public Service commission

Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center

New America’s Open Technology Institute

New Jersey SHARES, Inc., Ewing, NJ

New Jersey State Industrial Union Council

New Mexico Association of Community Partners

New York Department of Public Service

New York Legal Assistance Group

New Sanctuary Coalition, New York, NY

Next Century Cities

North Carolina Council of Churches

North Carolina Housing Services and Management, Charlotte, NC

North Dakota Protection & Advocacy Project

Northern California ADAPT, Berkeley, CA

Northfield Green Apartments, Portland, Maine

Northstar Digital Literacy Project

The Oak Hill Collaborative, Youngstown, Ohio

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates

Oceti Sakowin Tribal Utility Authority

Oglala Sioux Tribe

Older Adults Technology Services, Inc. (OATS), New York, NY

Open Access Connections

OpenMedia

Ohio CDC Association, Columbus, OH

OVEC-Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Huntington, WV

Old Friends Club, Kirkland, WA

Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ, Seattle, WA

Parent Voices California

Partner Cafe-Bridging the Gap Across Sectors, University Place, WA

Partners Bridging the Digital Divide

Partnership for America’s Children

Passport Health Plan

PathWays PA, Folsom, PA

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Pennsylvania Council of Churches

Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission

Penn's Village, Philadelphia, PA

People Organized for Our Rights, Inc. (P.O.O.R.), Hamilton Beach, New York

PhillyCAM, Philadelphia, PA

Preservation Management, Inc., St. Louis, MO

Pro Seniors

Progressive Technology Project

Project Appleseed

Project IRENE, Chicago, IL

Prometheus Radio Project

Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc.

Provincial Council Clerics of St. Viator

Puerto Rico Primary Care Association Network

Public Citizen

Public Health, New York, NY

Public Justice Center, Baltimore, MD

Public Knowledge

Public Law Center, Santa Ana, CA

Public Utility Law Project of New York, Albany, NY

Queen Anne Helpline, Seattle, WA

Queens Action Council, Queens, NY

Rainbow Push Coalition

R.A.A. – Ready, Aim, Advocate, St. Louis, MO

Retail Industry Leaders Association

RESULTS Greater Boston

Right Here, Right Now Project, Pittsboro, NC

Rolling Start Inc. Disability Advocacy, Resources and Training, San Bernardino, CA

SafeNet, Domestic Violence Safety Net, Erie, PA

Saint Patrick Church, Kankakee, IL

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Schenectady B'nai B'rith House, Niskayuna, NY

Schenectady Community Action Program, Schenectady, NY

Schenectady Inner City Ministry, Schenectady, NY

Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition

Senatorial special committee on aging

Senior LAW Center, Philadelphia, PA

Silicon Harlem, New York, NY

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Congregational Leadership

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Western Province Leadership

Sisters of Mercy NH Justice Committee, Manchester, NH

Sisters of Mercy South Central Community

Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon, MO

Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, New Windsor, NY

SocioEnergetics Foundation

South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center

SouthWest Organizing Project, Albuquerque, NM

St. Paul Neighborhood Network, St. Paul, MN

St. Peter's Heritage Place, Winston-Salem, NC

Step Up Savannah, Savannah, GA

Sustainable Housing for Ageless Generations, Seattle, WA

Tarrant County B'nai B'rith Apartments, Fort Worth, TX

Texas legal Services Center

Three Square Food Bank, Las Vegas, NV

The Utility Reform Network (TURN)

UltraViolet

United Church of Christ Disabilities Ministries

United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries

United Church of Christ, OC Inc.

United for Peace and Justice

Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL

U.S Black Chambers, Inc.

United States Conference Of Catholic Bishops

Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights

Vermont Mutual Aid Society, Randolph, VT

Voqal

Wallingford Community Senior Center, Seattle, WA

Westland Ecumenical Community Food Pantry, Galloway, OH

West Side Campaign Against Hunger, New York, NY

WinstonNet, Winston-Salem, NC

Wisconsin Aging Advocacy Network

Wisconsin Association of Benefit Specialists

Women and Girls Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA

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