California’s Lifeline to the Future

Apr. 28, 2013 / By



The Center for Media Justice, The Utility Reform Network and New America Media invite you for a statewide ethnic media webinar and telebriefing.

WHEN: Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 from 10 am to 11 am PST





  • Ana Montes (Spanish/English) – The Utility Reform Network, San Francisco
  • Priya Sawhney (Spanish/English) – The Central City SRO Collaborative, San Francisco
  • Tina Cheung (Chinese/English) – Chinatown Community Development Center, San Francisco
  • Minister L.B. Tatum SB (English) – Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (COPE), San Bernardino
  • Ilse Gallardo De Guerrero (Spanish/English) – Centro La Familia Advocacy, Fresno  

WHY: California’s long-standing commitment to universal phone service is being updated! A LifeLine to the future can provide eligible customers with vital access to emergency services, medical care, and their own families and communities.

Come learn about the Lifeline Program – A low-income assistance program, supported by the federal Universal Service Fund (USF), that provides discounts on monthly telephone service for eligible consumers. California is expanding its LifeLine program to include wireless phones, and the public has an opportunity to demand modern, effective service that maximizes the benefits to customers and society. California can lead the nation in holding phone companies accountable for LifeLine subsidies and creating a high-quality program that will keep customers connected and help them find jobs, homes, and other essential services.

The California Public Utilities Commission will seek input from customers in pubic hearings to be held in May and June in cities throughout California, including Fresno, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Salinas.

HOW: Please click here up to 10 minutes before the webinar to sign in. If you’re not able to access a computer, please call 1-650-479-3208 and use access code 807 426 179.

RSVP: Please click here and then click “Register” to RSVP. If you’re not able to attend via WebEx, please e-mail Jay Rooney at [email protected]

In order to fully participate, ask questions of the panelists and follow interactive materials during the webinar, you must register.














New America Media

New America Media is the country's first and largest national collaboration and advocate of 3,000 ethnic news organizations. Over 57 million ethnic adults connect to each other, to home countries and to America through 3000+ ethnic media outlets, the fastest growing sector of American journalism. Founded by the nonprofit Pacific News Service in 1996, NAM is headquartered in California with offices in New York and Washington D.C., and partnerships with journalism schools to grow local associations of ethnic media.