The Hill 
July 9, 2013
The Obama administration is urging companies to thoroughly check a person’s eligibility before providing cellphone service that is subsidized by the government.
The FCC expressed concerns that wireless companies might be activating phones for the program, known as Lifeline, “prior to fully verifying the eligibility of such consumers.”
“[Companies] must verify the eligibility of a low-income consumer prior to providing Lifeline service to that consumer, and may not provide an activated device intended to enable access to Lifeline service to a consumer until that consumer’s eligibility is fully verified and all other necessary enrollment steps are completed,” the FCC wrote in a notice.