New Track 2 Duplicates Resolution Process Announced: ETCs Have Until December 30, 2014 to Resolve Same Address Duplicates
Posted 23 days ago

Late yesterday, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public…

New Track 2 Duplicates Resolution Process Announced: ETCs Have Until December 30, 2014 to Resolve Same Address Duplicates
Georgia PSC Rescinds Minimum Lifeline Rate Rule; Oklahoma Commission Proposes One
Posted 42 days ago

On August 5, the Georgia PSC adopted an order rescinding…

Georgia PSC Rescinds Minimum Lifeline Rate Rule; Oklahoma Commission Proposes One
Troubling Notice “Reminds” ETCs of New Requirements Relating to Selling Their Businesses
Posted 55 days ago

The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released a Public Notice yesterday “reminding”…

Troubling Notice “Reminds” ETCs of New Requirements Relating to Selling Their Businesses
Seven States Gain Waiver of Certification Rules
Posted 104 days ago

On June 6, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released an…

Seven States Gain Waiver of Certification Rules
Biennial Lifeline Audits Webinar Presented on May 20
Posted 121 days ago

On May 20, 2014, DWT’s Lifeline Team presented a webinar…

Biennial Lifeline Audits Webinar Presented on May 20
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Congress

US-Capitol4-150x108President Obama Urged by Congressmembers to Prioritize Enforcement and Databases

On October 1, 2013, six ranking members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama regarding the Federal Lifeline Program.   In the letter, Congressmembers Lujan, Waxman, Eshoo, Doyle, Matsui, and Welch urged the President to continue recent enforcement  actions as well as prioritize the construction of eligibility databases because millions of ...

The U.S. CapitolAlleged Forgery Leads to Further Calls for Reform from Sen. McCaskill

Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) sent another letter to Acting FCC Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn calling for further reforms of the Lifeline program, and threatening to eliminate the program if the agency fails to take further action to address waste, fraud and abuse, such as referring allegations of fraud to the Department of ...

Closeup of Pens36 Public Interest Groups Respond to Sen. McCaskill and Urge FCC Not to Defund Lifeline

A coalition of thirty-six public interest, civil rights and community organizations responded to Senator McCaskill's recent letter to the FCC, which suggested that Lifeline be de-funded and the money instead be used to fund new initiatives in the E-rate program.  The coalition, which includes AARP, United Church of Christ and Consumers ...

FCC

Closeup of PensNew Track 2 Duplicates Resolution Process Announced: ETCs Have Until December 30, 2014 to Resolve Same Address Duplicates

Late yesterday, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice announcing a new process for resolving “Track 2” duplicates, which involve multiple Lifeline subscribers residing at the same address but who receive service from different ETCs.  The Public Notice indicates that USAC will provide ETCs a list of Track ...

fcc-logo_white-on-light-blueTroubling Notice “Reminds” ETCs of New Requirements Relating to Selling Their Businesses

The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released a Public Notice yesterday “reminding” ETCs of several restrictions on the sale of an ETC’s business.  The notice states that “Commission approval is required in advance of any transfer of ownership or control of an ETC with an approved Lifeline compliance plan,” citing footnote 1,000 ...

fcc-logo_white-on-light-blueSeven States Gain Waiver of Certification Rules

On June 6, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released an order granting waivers of certain Lifeline certification rules in seven states.  The FCC’s rules require ETCs to review and retain the certification forms that subscribers fill out when applying for Lifeline service.  In most states, ETCs are responsible for providing ...

State

Georgia-150x99Georgia PSC Rescinds Minimum Lifeline Rate Rule; Oklahoma Commission Proposes One

On August 5, the Georgia PSC adopted an order rescinding its rule that would have required Lifeline ETCs to either bill and collect a $5 minimum monthly Lifeline rate or offer a Lifeline plan that includes 500 monthly minutes.   The rule was adopted last October but never actually took effect, ...

fcc-logo_white-on-light-blueSeven States Gain Waiver of Certification Rules

On June 6, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released an order granting waivers of certain Lifeline certification rules in seven states.  The FCC’s rules require ETCs to review and retain the certification forms that subscribers fill out when applying for Lifeline service.  In most states, ETCs are responsible for providing ...

Seal of the New Jersey Board of Public UtilitiesNew Jersey BPU Orders Creation of ETC-funded State Eligibility Database

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has released an order, effective May 5, 2014, ordering the implementation of a web-based state Lifeline eligibility database.  The development and ongoing maintenance costs for the database will be paid by New Jersey ETCs through a new licensing fee, the amount of ...

General

Pages from Lifeline Audit Webinar Presentation 5-20-14Biennial Lifeline Audits Webinar Presented on May 20

On May 20, 2014, DWT’s Lifeline Team presented a webinar titled Biennial Lifeline Audits: Next Steps and the Tools You’ll Need. The presentation focused on the following topics: Overview: A refresher and what’s new in the final audit guidelines Next steps and practical tips (including hiring an auditor) Tools and technology To view the ...

Lifeline AuditsLifeline Audits: Next Steps and the Tools You’ll Need for the Biennial Audits

The FCC has now finalized its guidelines for the biennial audits of ETCs that annually receive $5 million or more in federal Lifeline funding. In this webinar, DWT’s Lifeline team will first provide a refresher of what these audits mean for these ETCs and highlight what’s new in the final ...

LifelineTwitter Account for Lifeline Law Advisor Launched

Lifeline Law Advisor recently launched its new Twitter account:  @LifelineLaw. Be sure to follow us to stay connected to insight and commentary from Davis Wright Tremaine on the federal Lifeline Program compliance and regulatory issues.

National Lifeline Accountability Database

Data storage cyber conceptLifeline Database Update: NLAD Operational in All States, FCC Announces Success

The FCC's National Lifeline Accountability Database ("NLAD") now is operational in all states and has already had a significant impact in reducing waste, fraud, and abuse.  The FCC announced today that, so far, the NLAD has identified duplicate subscribers that will result in $169 million in annual savings to the program. ...

Data storage cyber conceptNLAD Launch on February 13 Likely to Stick

After multiple delays, the National Lifeline Accountability Database, or NLAD, appears closer to achieving its "go live" date, which is currently set for February 13, 2014 for the state of Maryland.  The FCC Wireline Competition Bureau released late yesterday a Public Notice announcing that "authorized entities" (which includes ETCs and ...

Data storage cyber conceptDatabase Rollout to Commence on December 16th

USAC will begin the launch process for the National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD) on December 16th, when it will be ready to receive data from ETCs and begin the scrubbing process for the first five states (Maryland, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Washington).   After the data has been submitted, USAC will ...

Broadband Pilot

internetBroadband Pilot Launched for Lifeline Program

A recent FCC order announced that DWT client, Nexus Communications, Inc. d/b/a ReachOut Wireless, was selected as one of the fourteen participants in an FCC pilot project to expand the Lifeline program to funding broadband services. The Lifeline program currently subsidizes discounts on wireline and wireless voice telephony services. Like ...

USAC

Pages from Lifeline Audit Webinar Presentation 5-20-14Biennial Lifeline Audits Webinar Presented on May 20

On May 20, 2014, DWT’s Lifeline Team presented a webinar titled Biennial Lifeline Audits: Next Steps and the Tools You’ll Need. The presentation focused on the following topics: Overview: A refresher and what’s new in the final audit guidelines Next steps and practical tips (including hiring an auditor) Tools and technology To view the ...

United States Tax TableNew Federal Poverty Guidelines for 2014 Released

The Department of Health and Human Services released its annual update of the federal poverty guidelines ("FPG") for 2014.  This updates the income levels used to qualify applicants for Lifeline-supported service, although most subscribers qualify on the basis of participation in another government assistance program such as Food Stamps or ...

Data storage cyber conceptDatabase Rollout to Commence on December 16th

USAC will begin the launch process for the National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD) on December 16th, when it will be ready to receive data from ETCs and begin the scrubbing process for the first five states (Maryland, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Washington).   After the data has been submitted, USAC will ...