Nydia Velázquez to Ajit Pai: Don’t Cut Puerto Rico’s Lifeline
Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) led 47 Members of Congress in a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai that he should not make cuts or limit the agency's Lifeline program, which subsidizes telecom service for low-income households, due to its importance for Puerto Ricans. Pai has visited Puerto Rico multiple times following last year's hurricanes and said he prioritizes helping the territory recover. “Lifeline fills a critical gap in Puerto Rico, and given the devastation from Hurricane Maria, this program is now more important than ever,” lawmakers wrote in the letter. “After many communities endured widespread lack of communications post-Maria, they should not be forced to endure additional hardship. Continued, reliable access is essential for the Island’s economy to recover and to help stop the outmigration of the Island’s residents.” Read the entire letter here.