Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick


Whereas In today’s highly interconnected world, telephones provide a lifeline to emergency help and a vital link to government services, community resources, friends and family; and

Whereas Many Massachusetts residents do not have telephone service in their homes; and

Whereas The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable have joined in a collaborative effort to make telephone service more affordable for the nation’s low-income consumers by providing a discount on the monthly charges for local telephone service; and

Whereas The Lifeline Assistance (Lifeline) programs offer tremendous benefits for eligible consumers in America and make basic telephone service more affordable; and

Whereas The FCC has established Enhanced Link-Up and Lifeline programs for Tribal Lands and  recently updated its rules governing Lifeline program eligibility and non-duplication of support; and

Whereas The Lifeline program has undergone a transformation in recent years to improve program efficiency and combat waste, fraud and abuse to assure that only those eligible are receiving this vital support; and

Whereas The FCC, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates, other State and federal agencies, cities, counties, and telecommunications companies are committed to increasing awareness about the availability of the Link-Up and Lifeline programs and are encouraging eligible citizens to sign up for the programs,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim September 9th to the 15th, 2013, to be,


And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-eighth day of September, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts