Press Release

Media Literacy Project Delivers New Mexico Lifeline Petition to FCC

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Contact Information: 
Shana Heinricy, (505) 828-3388, shana@medialiteracyproject.org

INTERVIEWS: Andrea Quijada is available for interviews. PHOTOS: Headshots are available on request.

March 28, 2014, Albuquerque, NM: On March 28, 2014, Andrea Quijada, executive director of Media Literacy Project (MLP), will deliver a photo-petition in support of the Lifeline phone program to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and to Sen. Tom Udall. Quijada will also be attending a meeting of the FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) while in D.C., of which Media Literacy Project is a member.

MLP collected photos of more than 200 New Mexicans holding signs proclaiming their support for Lifeline, a federal program that provides discounts on telephone service to low-income individuals and families. Without Lifeline, families may not be able to connect to emergency services, medical services, employers, or children’s schools, risking their safety as well as their livelihood.

“Lifeline supports healthy New Mexican communities and sustains our strong families. Affordable phone and internet service is necessary to live in our digital world,” Quijada said. “New Mexico is one of the poorest states in the country and Lifeline is critical for our health and safety. New Mexico’s families shouldn’t have to choose between buying groceries or paying for a phone that allows them to call 911 in case of emergencies.”

The photo-petition was delivered to Tom Udall’s Albuquerque office on Feb. 25, 2014 by MLP staff members. The funding for Lifeline is under threat by Congress. Lifeline began in 1985 under President Ronald Reagan. Expanded in 2005 under President Bush, Lifeline discounts were made available to qualifying low-income consumers on pre-paid wireless service plans in addition to traditional landline service. Lifeline is part of the Universal Service Fund.

About Media Literacy Project:

Media Literacy Project (MLP), a non-profit organization based in Albuquerque, is a nationally recognized leader in media literacy resources and education that transforms everyday people into critical media consumers and engaged media justice advocates. MLP offers a comprehensive, social-justice approach to media literacy, addressing its three components: access, analysis, and creation. Since 1993, MLP has worked with schools and community organizations locally, nationally and internationally to deliver dynamic media literacy trainings and curricula, as well as to support media justice campaigns.

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