RELEASE:

Wicker to Convene Hearing on FCC Lifeline Program

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Chairman of the Senate 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 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 a recent report from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO), which made several recommendations regarding the efficiency and effectiveness of the program.

Witnesses:

Randy May, President, Free State Foundation
Michael Clements, Acting Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues, Government Accountability Office (GAO)
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)
Jessica Gonzalez, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, National Hispanic Media Coalition

Hearing Details:

WHEN: Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Senate Russell Office Building, Room 253

5/23/15