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    SMITH BAGLEY, INC., ADVOCATES LIFELINE REFORMS TO BRING MODERN COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES TO CITIZENS ON TRIBAL LANDS

    On behalf of Smith Bagley, Inc. (SBI), LNGS filed COMMENTS in the FCC’s Lifeline reform rulemaking proceeding, providing a blueprint for FCC actions that will help to ensure that mobile voice services and advanced mobile broadband services will be available in Tribal communities. SBI documented the daunting economic challenges faced by many citizens living on Tribal reservations, where levels of poverty and unemployment far exceed national averages. Explaining that access to advanced telecommunications services is a key factor in improving living conditions and providing economic opportunities in Tribal communities, SBI advocated several steps the FCC should take to enable carriers to utilize Lifeline as a means of delivering these services, including providing Lifeline support to facilities-based Lifeline providers to encourage deployment of broadband-capable networks.

     

    LNGS Contacts: DAVID LAFURIA, STEVEN CHERNOFF, JOHN CIMKO