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National Lifeline Association Names Q Link Wireless CEO To Board of Directors

The National Lifeline Association (NaLA) announced today it has appointed Issa Asad, founder and CEO of Florida-based Q Link Wireless to the organization’s board of directors. NaLA is the only organization focused on advancing the interests of Lifeline recipients, providers, and program advocates. Lifeline, the federally-run program that provides free data and voice service to low-income Americans, is administered by the United Service Administrative Company under the direction of the FCC. In his role as a board member, Mr. Asad will work to ensure the program continues to maintain and expand wireless service to the millions of Americans who rely on Lifeline for their connectivity.

Mr. Asad joins fellow telecommunications industry leaders on the NaLA board for a three-year term. He will work with his fellow board members on a number of urgent matters including the continuing role of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in the Lifeline program; technological enhancements to Lifeline enrollment and eligibility verification; as well as the ongoing need for expanding the nation’s infrastructure to deliver wireless data and voice services.

“The Lifeline program began under President Reagan almost forty years ago,” said Mr. Asad. “However, today, the program faces a whole new set of challenges that pose a threat to the ability for low-income Americans to stay connected to their families, friends, and emergency services. We have much work to do to make sure bureaucracies don’t impede individual American’s need for basic data and voice services.”

Mr. Asad is a seasoned executive with nearly two decades of experience in the telecommunications industry. He began his career in telecom working in prepaid phone services before he founded Q Link Wireless. Today, Q Link ranks as the third-largest Lifeline provider in the nation and serves more than two million customers. The company has been particularly instrumental in expanding Lifeline services to rural Americans through its novel, internet-based sales and marketing approach.

“I am extremely happy that Issa has made the commitment with his time to continue to support the Lifeline industry,” said David B. Dorwart, chairman of the National Lifeline Association. “Having Issa represent the industry as a board member provides the additional credibility our industry wants and needs to make effective long-term change for the customers we support and serve.”

Mr. Asad joins current NaLA Board Members: David B. Dorwart, board chairman & founder of NaLA; Steve Klein, president at SafetyNet Wireless; David Avila, associate vice president at SafeLink Wireless; Kimberly Lehrman, president & chief marketing officer at enTouch Wireless; Ali Badran, chief executive officer at Aiobo and MoreAble; and Nathan Stierwalt, chief sales & marketing officer at PWG Network Solutions.

About the National Lifeline Association (NaLA):

The National Lifeline Association is the only industry trade group specifically focused on the Lifeline segment of telecommunications. We support the four essential components of Lifeline: ETCs & Providers, Distributors, Lifeline Participants & Supporters, and Government & Regulatory Bodies. We are passionate about the continuity and advancement of the Lifeline program and we drive this vision through our mission to “support providers, distributors, participants, and supporters of Lifeline through education, cooperation, and advocacy.”

For more information on NaLA, visit https://www.nalalifeline.org.

About Q Link Wireless:

Q Link Wireless, a Quadrant Holdings Company, is one of the nation’s leading providers of wireless voice and data service through the Lifeline Program. With more than two million customers, Q Link is wirelessly connecting people to the world around them, regardless of their income.

For more information on Q Link Wireless, visit qlinkwireless.com.


The official press release can be reviewed here.

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National Lifeline Association Welcomes Ali Badran As New Board Member

The National Lifeline Association (NaLA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ali Badran, CEO of MoreAble, LLC and Aiobo.com, as the new member of the NaLA Board.

The National Lifeline Association (NaLA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ali Badran, CEO of MoreAble, LLC and Aiobo.com, as the new member of the NaLA Board.

Mr. Badran brings to the position 15 years of wireless and seven years of Lifeline experience. He represents a collaborative and forward-thinking base of distributors and marketers of the Lifeline program.

Mr. Badran will be working closely with ETCs, community-based organizations, and marketing platforms to improve the Lifeline customer experience. He has a progressive perspective in supporting the interest, integrity and best practices of our rapidly growing Lifeline agent base. It will be his responsibility to continue to build an infrastructure that will support the NaLA Certified Agents within the Lifeline ecosystem.

“As always, there is a great deal of work needed to bring together the largest member group within NaLA,” said David B. Dorwart, Chairman of National Lifeline Association.

The board believes that Ali’s experience and leadership will help strengthen the integrity of the Lifeline program and uphold NaLA’s mission to support the providers, distributors, participants, and supporters of Lifeline through education, cooperation, and advocacy.”

Mr. Badran joins current NaLA Board Members: David B. Dorwart, Board Chairman of NaLA; William Curry, President at Life Wireless; Steve Klein, President at SafetyNet Wireless; David Avila, Associate Vice President at SafeLink Wireless; Kimberly Lehrman, President & Chief Marketing Officer at enTouch Wireless; and Nathan Stierwalt, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at PWG Network Solutions.

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National Lifeline Association Chairman Issues Statement Regarding FCC Enforcement Action Against American Broadband

David B. Dorwart, Chairman of NaLA, issues a statement regarding the FCC allegations of Lifeline rule violations and Notice of Apparent Liability against American Broadband


The allegations of Lifeline rule violations, including agent fraud and carrier misconduct, included in today’s FCC Notice of Apparent Liability against American Broadband, if proven to be true require nothing short of our absolute condemnation. We understand that the FCC has a process which will allow American Broadband to defend itself against these very serious and disconcerting allegations.

NaLA Remains Committed to Program Integrity

In the meantime, NaLA and its stakeholder members will continue the good work they do every day in bringing the Lifeline program to eligible subscribers. NaLA and its wireless reseller carriers work hard every day to ensure that only eligible subscribers get Lifeline benefits and that only eligible subscribers retain them. Today’s news will serve as a reminder to all Lifeline stakeholders just how important it is to achieve and maintain compliance in every facet of the good work that we do in ensuring Lifeline eligible low-income Americans are able to access this benefit that ensures essential voice and broadband connectivity.

NaLA Press Release on FCC Enforcement Action

The official press release can be reviewed here.

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National Lifeline Association Designates New Board Members

Kristina Valencia and Nathan Stierwalt to Help Ensure All Americans Have Access to Essential Communications Services

The National Lifeline Association announces today the appointment of two new board members for a three-year term beginning March 31st, 2017:  Immerge’s Senior Vice President, Kristina Valencia and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for PWG Network Solutions Nathan Stierwalt. Both Ms. Valencia and Mr. Stierwalt are replacing existing board members Jim Dry and Tom Armstrong who recently resigned.  The national organization supports Lifeline recipients, providers, and supporters through education, cooperation, and advocacy.

Both Ms. Valencia and Mr. Stierwalt will be the first board members to represent another group of NaLA members that are not ETCs.  This is a big deal since our Lifeline Industry is made up of much more than designated ETCs.  

Kristina Valencia NaLA Board Member

Kristina ValenciaSenior VP, Immerge

Ms. Valencia, a SVP at Immerge is the first board member to represent the member base of distributors, which is NaLA’s largest group of members and by far our largest potential member base to grow. Ms. Valencia is excited about this opportunity to meet other Distributors and begin gathering information about how she might be able to help give them a stronger voice in the industry.

Nathan Stierwalt NaLA Board Member

Nathan StierwaltChief Sales & Marketing Officer, PWG Network Solutions

Nathan Stierwalt, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for PWG Network Solutions, is our first board member to represent the carrier supply chain as well as phone suppliers.  Nathan, in his capacity, will be able to represent both member bases and provide helpful insight to the Board on what is needed and expected from this NaLA group.  

“Through their leadership, Kristina and Nathan have helped elevate the industry standard for quality of service through the Lifeline Program,” said David B. Dorwart, Chairman of National Lifeline Association. “We are delighted to have them join our board, where they can help us fulfill our vision of ensuring that ‘In America, every person should have access to essential communication services.’”

Kristina and Nathan join current board members David B. Dorwart- Chairman, ViaOne Services; David Skogen- Global Communications of America; Steve Klein- SafetyNet Wireless; William Curry- Life Wireless; and Kim Lehrman- Entouch Wireless.

About the National Lifeline Association:

The National Lifeline Association is the only industry trade group specifically focused on the Lifeline segment of telecommunications. It supports the four essential pieces of Lifeline: ETCs and providers, distributors, Lifeline supporters and participants, and government and regulatory bodies.

The federal Lifeline program was created by Congress in 1985 to ensure that all Americans have access to quality telephone service. The Lifeline program requires that potential subscribers take part in a federal assistance program such as Medicaid or Food Stamps, or earn no more than 135 percent of the federal poverty level, and may not receive service from more than one Lifeline carrier at the same time.

“We are passionate about the continuity and advancement of the Lifeline program,” added Dorwart. “And we drive this vision by providing education, cooperation, and advocacy.”

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National Lifeline Association Appoints New Board Members

Life Wireless President and CEO William Curry and Kim Lehrman, President of enTouch Wireless to Help Ensure All Americans Have Access to Essential Communications Services

NaLA LogoKENNETT SQUARE March 14th, 2016 – The National Lifeline Association announces today the appointment of two new board members for a three-year term beginning June 2016: Life Wireless President William Curry and Kim Lehrman, President of enTouch Wireless. The national organization supports Lifeline recipients, providers, and supporters through education, cooperation, and advocacy.

“Through their leadership, William and Kim have helped elevate the industry standard for quality of service through the Lifeline Program,” said David B. Dorwart, Chairman of National Lifeline Association. “We are delighted to have them join our board, where they can help us fulfill our vision of ensuring that ‘In America, every person should have access to essential communication services.’”

William and Kim join current board members David B. Dorwart-Chairman, Assist Wireless; David Skogen- Global Communications of America; Steve Klein- SafetyNet Wireless; Jim Dry- New Phone Wireless; and Tom Armstrong-LTS of Rocky Mount.

The National Lifeline Association is the only industry trade group specifically focused on the Lifeline segment of telecommunications. It supports the four essential pieces of Lifeline: ETCs and providers, distributors, Lifeline supporters and participants, and government and regulatory bodies.

The federal Lifeline program was created by Congress in 1985 to ensure that all Americans have access to quality telephone service. The Lifeline program requires that potential subscribers take part in a federal assistance program such as Medicaid or Food Stamps, or earn no more than 135 percent of the federal poverty level, and may not receive service from more than one Lifeline carrier at the same time.

“We are passionate about the continuity and advancement of the Lifeline program,” added Dorwart. “And we drive this vision by providing education, cooperation, and advocacy.”

About The National Lifeline Association:

The National Lifeline Association is the only industry trade group specifically focused on the Lifeline segment of telecommunications. We support the 4 essential pieces of Lifeline: ETCs & Providers, Distributors, Lifeline Supporters & Participants, and Government & Regulatory Bodies. We are passionate about the continuity and advancement of the Lifeline program and we drive this vision by providing education, cooperation, and advocacy.

For more information please contact: Jordan Majkszak, Marketing & PR Director – National Lifeline Association. (484) 734-0080 or [email protected]

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2016 NaLA Conference Tickets Now Available!

Tickets for the 2016 NaLA Spring Conference are now available!

Remember, early registration discounts end on March 14th! Full price tickets begin on March 15th. Late registration fees apply for any tickets purchased on or after April 15th.

  • March 15th, 2016 – Regular Registration Prices Begin
  • April 15th, 2016 – Late Registration Prices Begin

SAVE $100 AND REGISTER TODAY!

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2016 NaLA Spring Conference Sponsorships

Conference sponsorships are selling out quickly, be sure to complete your sponsorship forms and send them to [email protected] ASAP to secure your sponsorship and exhibition opportunity! We thank those of you that have supported this event and we are looking forward to a great conference this year!

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2016 NaLA Conference Update

New Orleans - Burbon St.

Hello NaLA Members!

Welcome to 2016, a new year for everyone and a particular new year for NaLA. The White House is up for grabs, new legislation is around the corner, and advances in technology create meaningful impacts on our margins – we will have plenty to talk about at this year’s conference!

Our event team is in full gear making sure the 2016 conference is the biggest and best ever.

Here is important information about this year’s event:

2016 NaLA Spring Conference 

May 17th-19th – New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

We are opening sponsorship opportunities and registration much earlier this year to allow ample planning for attendees, vendors, exhibitors, and also our speakers & event staff.

Here are some important dates to remember:

  • Jan 10th – Feb 10th 2016 – Sponsorship Opportunities Open Up
  • February 15th, 2016 – Hotel Registration & Discounted Early Ticket Sales Begin
  • March 1st, 2016 – Speaking & Volunteer Opportunities Open Up
  • March 15th, 2016 – Regular Registration Prices Begin
  • April 15th, 2016 – Late Registration Prices Begin
  • May 17th, 2016 – Conference Begins with Opening Party!

With such positive feedback from our members on last year’s conference format, we are going to repeat this format with plenty of poignant “NaLA talks” and interactive break-out forums. An overview of the event schedule can be found HERE.

I would not be doing my job if I did not remind you that NaLA is a non-profit organization; the success of our efforts are reliant on the contributions of your donations.  Because of this, we ask that everyone contribute to that extent they can; donate what you can, when you can, as often as you can.  Each and every donation helps the Lifeline community of which makes up NaLA, our members, and lifeline recipients everywhere.

Thanks all and we look forward to hosting everyone in New Orleans! Keep checking our website for updated information!

Sincerely,

David Dorwart - Chairman, National Lifeline Association

David Dorwart
Chairman, National Lifeline Association

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