These days, it seems unheard of to not own a mobile phone and finding a pay phone, even in the largest of U.S. cities, is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. But for those with limited incomes, paying a monthly cell phone bill isn’t so easy.
Having the ability to make a call can mean life or death for many. Lifeline, a government benefit program (provided by the FCC) that provides discounts on monthly telephone service for eligible low-income consumers, has been a blessing to those who otherwise could not afford it.
Now there are efforts to end the Lifeline program, making it more difficult for people in need to access it. This would be devastating to the 13 million Americans who depend on Lifeline to stay in touch with jobs, family and access 911 services.