• Eligible Telecommunications Carriers (ETCs) that provide Lifeline service are required to recertify the eligibility of their base customers as of June 1, 2012 by December 31, 2012. Each ETC is then required to report the results to the FCC, the Universal Service Administrative Company, and the applicable state regulatory commission or Tribal government. The recertification process can take place in one of two ways: either through review of databases to confirm eligibility, if there are databases available; or by obtaining a signed certification from the subscriber confirming eligibility to receive Lifeline service. Each ETC must report its results on FCC Form 555 by January 31, 2013. FCC Form 555 has not yet been released. More information can be found in the Public Notice found here. (DA 12-1626).
  • The Universal Service contribution factor for the fourth quarter of 2012 is 17.4%. A copy of the Public Notice announcing the rate can be found here. (DA 12-1484)