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Lifeline Connects Coalition Applauds Launch Of National Lifeline Accountability Database

Database is Key Element to Reform Efforts and Protecting the Integrity of the Program (April 08, 2014)

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lifeline Connects, a coalition of eligible telecommunications carriers committed to advancing the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) goal of preserving the integrity of the Lifeline Low-Income program, today released the following statement on the FCC's launch of the National Lifeline Accountability Database, also known as the NLAD or "No Duplicates" database.

"We applaud the FCC's efforts to successfully implement the NLAD, as we believe it serves as an important tool in restoring faith in the Lifeline program, service providers and those individuals that rely on the valuable service that Lifeline offers."

"We are pleased to have collaborated with the FCC on the database's implementation and look forward to moving beyond the misconceptions of the program to focus on improving the circumstances of those experiencing financial hardship by keeping them connected to potential employers, healthcare providers, family and emergency services."

As supporters of Lifeline reform efforts, the Lifeline Connects Coalition has an impressive 99.5 percent average success rate in preventing intra-company duplicate enrollments. In advance of the NLAD, coalition members, along with more than 20 other Lifeline service providers, voluntarily pooled their subscriber data to prevent inter-company duplicate subscribers. These efforts resulted in blocking one out of every ten enrollment attempts, as the database found the applicant to already be receiving a Lifeline benefit. The Coalition's voluntary prevention efforts prevented over 375,000 duplicate enrollment attempts, which equates to savings to the Lifeline program of $4.2 million per month (or $50 million annually).

About Lifeline Connects
Lifeline Connects is a coalition of telecommunications service providers that believe that all Americans deserve access to affordable telephone service.

SOURCE Lifeline Connects

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