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Hurray! The FCC Modernized Lifeline! What You Need to Know

2016-05-31T19:11:17-05:00May 31, 2016|Categories: NCLC Utilities & Telecom Blog|

The Federal Communication Commission voted to modernize the Lifeline program on March 31, 2016. This was a monumental achievement for many advocates around the country who have worked for years to modernize this critical low-income communications subsidy program.The Lifeline program was established in the mid-1980s to connect low-income households to emergency services, jobs, healthcare, teachers, [...]

Exelon Merger Yields $25 Million in Low-Income Benefits

2016-03-30T19:32:03-05:00March 30, 2016|Categories: NCLC Utilities & Telecom Blog|

On March 23, the D.C. Public Service Commission (DC PSC) gave final approval to the merger of Exelon Corporation and PHI Holdings (operating companies of Pepco, Delmarva, and Atlantic City Electric). The merger had previously been approved in the states of Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware, and at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Given [...]

NCLC Intervenes in Exelon, Southern Co. Mergers

2016-02-22T18:29:24-05:00February 22, 2016|Categories: NCLC Utilities & Telecom Blog|

Utility mergers are on the rise. In the third quarter of 2015, there were 42 “deals”, with 18 of those greater than $50 million, more big “deals” than in the prior two quarters combined. Twenty years ago, there were 100 publicly-traded, investor owned utilities. As of mid-2014, that number had shrunk to 48, and has [...]

Calling the FCC to Protect Consumer Access to 911

2019-03-27T08:03:04-05:00January 29, 2016|Categories: NCLC Utilities & Telecom Blog|

With the traditional landline phone system, consumers can expect that if their home loses power, they can still pick up the phone and access emergency services by dialing 911. This is because during a power outage, the copper wire that supplied the phones lines conducted electricity and drew power from the phone company’s central office. [...]