California protects phone service program for low-income residents despite federal pushback


Telecommunications Senior Legal Counsel Paul Goodman of the Greenlining Institute joined host Michael Finney to explain what California is doing to protect its phone service program for low-income residents, LifeLine, in response to cuts to its federal counterpart by the Trump administration earlier this year.

The jointly-funded state program was left with gaping financial holes after the FCC issued a decision to lower the income eligibility line, leaving approximately 81,000 households in California in limbo, unable to collect the $9.25 they had previously received from the government.

At the urging of advocates, including the Greenlining Institute, the California Public Utilities Commission has come forward with a plan to supplement the government’s end of the deal in order to preserve the program as is.

Listen to Finney’s conversation with Goodman below for details on the subject. 

 

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