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Lifeline Awareness Week: Sept 20-24, 2021

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has taken numerous steps to make its 35-year-old discount telephone and broadband program — Lifeline — easier to access and retain for low-income Americans.  As the FCC describes on its site, “Lifeline provides up to a $9.25 monthly discount on service for eligible low-income subscribers and up Read more…

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (“EBB”) administered by the FCC is still taking signups for discount internet service to low-income households.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit program opened up on May 12, 2021! This program will connect more children to school, seniors to telemedicine and New Yorkers to work and other vital services. After four months of complete silence and failure to promote this lifesaving, education-promoting federal program, New York as finally achieved more signups than Ohio, Read more…

Throwback to the Pilchen Case of 2010

Take a look at Pilchen v. City of Auburn, 728 F.Supp.2d 192 (2010), a very creatively litigated case done by Gerry Norlander — PULP’s former Executive Director — on behalf of PULP.

The Moratorium on Utility Service Termination Ended on June 24, 2021.

On June 28, utilities became able to start terminating service to customers behind on their bills. New Yorkers are eligible for additional protection from shutoffs up to Christmas Week of 2021, but you MUST inform your utility immediately that your financial circumstances have been changed by the COVID-19 pandemic (“self-certify”)!