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Lifeline Law Advisor Blog

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DC Circuit Rejects FCC Attempt to Shrink Lifeline in Tribal Areas

USA - February 4 2019 On February 1, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit granted challenges to portions of FCC’s 2017 Lifeline reform order restricting the…

FCC Proposes $63 Million Lifeline Fine

USA - October 26 2018 The FCC has proposed a $63.5 million fine against American Broadband and Telecommunications Company for alleged Lifeline violations. The Notice of…

Lifeline’s National Verifier to Add Five More States and One Territory

USA - October 12 2018 On October 11, 2018, the FCC announced the soft launch of the National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier (National Verifier) in Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, New…

Lifeline’s National Verifier Launching in Six States in November 2018

USA - October 4 2018 On October 2, 2018, the FCC announced that it will finally launch the National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier (National Verifier) in an initial slate…

FCC Seeks Comments on Emergency Petition to Delay Launch of Lifeline’s National Verifier

USA - August 15 2018 On August 13, 2018, the FCC issued a Public Notice requesting comments on an Emergency Petition filed by Tracfone Wireless, Inc. (“Tracfone”)…

Federal Appellate Court Puts a Hold on FCC’s Lifeline Order

USA - August 13 2018 On August 10, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted a stay of the FCC’s 2017 Lifeline Order (“Order”). The court found that the…

Lifeline Port Freeze Eliminated on March 19; 2018 Poverty Guidelines Available; New Standard Forms

USA - March 6 2018 The 2018 Federal Poverty Guidelines (“FPG”) were published in the Federal Register on January 18. Customers may qualify for Lifeline if their gross…

Changes to Lifeline in 2018

USA - January 16 2018 Although the future of the Lifeline program is in doubt, business must go on. ETCs should familiarize themselves with two key administrative changes…

Recertification and Non-Usage Rules Temporarily Waived for Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Following Hurricane Irma

Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, USA - September 13 2017 The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau has granted temporary waivers of the Lifeline non-usage and recertification rules to help the more than 1.1…

FCC Chairman Pai Directs USAC Action to “Safeguard” the Lifeline Program

USA - July 14 2017 On July 11, 2017, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai sent a letter to USAC requesting that it implement various audit mechanisms and safeguards to protect the…