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Pallone Denounces FCC Action on Media Ownership & Lifeline

Nov 16, 2017
Press Release

Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) today reacted to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voting in favor of overhauling the media ownership rules and cutting some wireless companies from the Lifeline program, which provides phone and broadband service to more than 12 million low-income Americans:  

“Once again the FCC has backed special favors for giant corporations while stripping away important assistance for low-income Americans.  First, the FCC voted to give major handouts to Sinclair, putting corporate bottom lines above the public interest.  At the same time, the Commission inexplicably voted to take phones away from low-income Americans who are trying to make ends meet. Unfortunately, today’s action demonstrates the FCC’s relentless desire to please the corporate interests, and is troubling considering that we have a critical net neutrality vote coming up next month.” 

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