Telecom Lifeline Program Comes Under Fire For Alleged Waste, Fraud, Abuse


Telecom Lifeline Program Comes Under Fire For Alleged Waste, Fraud, Abuse

A federal subsidy for telephones and internet access for low-income Americans has come under fire for alleged fraud and waste.
According to a Reuters report, Sen. Ron Johnson, who chairs the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, said at a hearing Thursday that Congress should consider ending the Universal Service Fund (USF) program, known as “Lifeline,” which spends about $1.5 billion annually to help 12.3 million U.S. households afford landline and mobile phones. The program is managed by the Federal Communications Commission.
“The Lifeline program has been plagued by waste, fraud and abuse,” Johnson said in the report. “This is a …

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