The House Energy & Commerce Committee has fast-tracked a vote on H.R. 4884, the CURB Lifeline Act, which has scheduled an April 18 markup (amendments, if any, and, if all goes as planned, a vote to refer it to the House for a floor vote.)
It held a legislative hearing on the bill this week.
The bill would cap the Lifeline Universal Service Fund the FCC has just voted not to cap, and would cut off voice-only subsidies while the FCC has proposed a three-year phase-out with a possibility for extension.
Republicans are moving quickly on the bill, which is opposed by Democrats, following the collapse--on the day of the FCC's March 31 public meeting--of a Republican-backed compromise lifeline proposal, which would have capped the fund.
Lifeline is the subsidy to low-income residents for advanced telecom, which the FCC is migrating from voice to broadband.