FCC drops some phone subsidies on tribal lands


November 20, 2017

Federal regulators approved major changes Thursday to a program that discounts phone service for low-income residents on tribal land.

About 12.5 million people nationwide use Lifeline, a program created more than 30 years ago to improve access to phone service. It gives subscribers a $9.25 monthly discount. About 500,000 of those subscribers on tribal lands get an extra $25 off per month. In South Dakota, nearly 9,000 people use the Lifeline program.



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