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Sprint, Tracfone, others implore regulators not to ban MVNOs from Lifeline

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According to an article on FierceWireless, the FCC is currently considering changes to its Lifeline program that would prevent MVNOs from obtaining funds from the program to provide wireless services to those who qualify.

Arguing against that proposal are a number of companies including Sprint and Tracfone. The fact that Sprint and Tracfone agree on the issue is notable since Tracfone, as an MVNO, would be prevented from accessing the government’s Lifeline money, while Sprint would not.

In any event, the two companies made it clear neither wants the FCC to ban MVNOs from participating in the Lifeline program. The FCC has proposed making the program available only to “facilities-based providers,” or those that operate telecom networks.

Read the entire article HERE.

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