Letter to the Federal Communications Commission to Ensure People Have Access to Cell Phone And Internet Service

On March 23rd, Children’s HealthWatch and over 250 organizations sent a letter to Chairman Pai, Commissioners O’Rielly, Carr, Rosenworcel and Starks to ensure people have access to cell phone and internet service during the COVID-19 crisis.

The temporary expansion of Lifeline benefits will fulfill the Communications Act, advances the Congressionally mandated goals of universal service and is in line with Commission precedent. Millions of people in this country must stay home in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus and it is in our country’s national interest to continue as much of our economic and civic life as possible during this time. In the near-term telephone and Internet access will be necessary for health care, employment, the national census, primary elections, education and more. We strongly urge the Commission to act immediately. Our organizations are willing and able to collaborate to ensure these actions are as timely and successful as possible.