A Prudent Pause for Lifeline Designations

In response to a recent editorial published by the Washington Post on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s move to delay approval of nine of the 900 Lifeline providers, our own Bruce Mehlman penned a letter — published today by the Post — disputing some of the editorial’s claims. An excerpt:

Seeking such a delay seems prudent and responsible, as the action giving them Lifeline-designation status was issued at the 11th hour of the prior chairman’s watch and without a majority in support.

As Mehlman notes, the FCC had refused to designate any new Lifeline service providers for six years, only to quickly give a handful of providers the nod just two weeks after the election. Given this — and Lifeline’s history of waste, fraud, and abuse — Chairman Pai’s caution is not just prudent, it’s necessary.

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