Legislation Would Cap Annual Lifeline Support at $1.5 Billion

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Representative Austin Scott (R-GA) has introduced legislation (H.R. 4884) that, if passed, would cap the total amount of support provided through the Federal Lifeline program at $1.5 billion annually, beginning in 2017.  Representative Scott’s Lifeline bill would also prohibit Lifeline support from being applied to any amount charged for the sale of a mobile device, and it would end Lifeline support for voice only service.  Representative Scott’s bill has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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