Consumer Advocates Submit Joint Testimony on Lifeline Telephone Assistance for Low-Income Telephone Consumers.
Mike Smalz of OPLC joined with the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, Pro Seniors, Inc., Communities United for Action, and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality in providing written testimony to the House Finance Committee on the Lifeline provisions in the budget bill (House Bill 49). They objected to the proposed removal of “flat rate” from the definition of Lifeline phone service because charges for local usage (such as minutes of usage) could increase the amount low-income Lifeline consumers in Ohio have to pay for local phone service. Importantly, the proposed change is inconsistent with federal definition of Lifeline service. Read the joint testimony here.