Charter Backs FCC Lifeline Reform
April 4, 2016
Originally Appeared In Multichannel News
March 31, 2016
By: John Eggerton
Says it expects it will make it easier for cable ops to participate
Charter signaled Wednesday (March 30) that he is squarely behind FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to reform Lifeline subsidies
Charter, which is awaiting its hoped-for FCC approval of the merger with Time Warner Cable, announced as part of that proposed deal that it would offer a new low cost broadband service for low income consumers if the deal is approved.
Lifeline is the subsidy for advanced telecommunications to low-income residents that the FCC is migrating from traditional phone to broadband service. A vote on that proposal is scheduled for March 31.