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FCC Guidance Issued for ETCs That Do Not Want to Provide Lifeline Broadband Services

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On Nov. 22nd, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice describing the requirement that ETCs who do not want to provide Lifeline-supported broadband internet access services (now known as “BIAS”) file a notice with the FCC. As we have previously described, when the FCC changed its rules in the Lifeline Modernization Order to… Continue Reading

Commissioner Pai Seeks Information on Potential Lifeline Abuse

Posted in FCC, General, National Lifeline Accountability Database

Commissioner Pai is seeking to identify other wireless ETCs that were allegedly engaged in practices similar to those detailed in the FCC’s recent Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) issued against Total Call Mobile. In a letter to Chris Henderson, USAC’s CEO, Commissioner Pai states that sales agents for Total Call “testified that they worked side-by-side”… Continue Reading

Record Fine, Possible “Death Sentence” for Alleged Lifeline Violations Proposed by FCC

Posted in FCC, General, National Lifeline Accountability Database

On April 7, the FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability (“NAL”) against a wireless Lifeline provider, Total Call Mobile, Inc. (“Total Call”).  An investigation conducted by the Universal Service Administrative Company (“USAC”) and the FCC Enforcement Bureau (“Bureau”) identified what the Commission characterizes as “willful and intentional misconduct persisting for multiple years” involving over… Continue Reading

This Year’s Lifeline Re-certification Process: Important Updates and Open Questions

Posted in FCC, National Lifeline Accountability Database, USAC

As 2014 draws to a close, many ETCs are now finalizing the process of annually re-certifying their Lifeline subscriber bases, as required by FCC rules.  We have learned that USAC is taking the position that (1) all subscribers who fail to re-certify must be de-enrolled from the Lifeline program by December 31 and (2) ETCs… Continue Reading

FCC Releases Reminder on NLAD Transfer and Dispute Resolution Procedures

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On Thursday, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released a public notice reminding ETCs about the NLAD processes for transferring subscriber benefits and for disputing an applicant’s failure to pass the NLAD’s automated identity verification check. For benefits transfer, the Bureau reminds ETCs that the carrier to which the subscriber is transferring must obtain consent from the subscriber to transfer the service, keep… Continue Reading

Lifeline Database Update: NLAD Operational in All States, FCC Announces Success

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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.  FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler hailed… Continue Reading

NLAD Launch on February 13 Likely to Stick

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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 Lifeline resellers) must query the… Continue Reading

Database Rollout to Commence on December 16th

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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 migrate into into “live” production—meaning… Continue Reading

December Launch Announced for Database

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On Wednesday, the FCC announced that the National Lifeline Accountability Database (“NLAD”) will be ready to accept subscriber information from ETCs by December 2013. The NLAD is the national database designed to prevent the provision of more than one Lifeline account per household, also referred to as duplicates.  ETCs will be required to submit data… Continue Reading

Database Workshop Provides Technical Details

Posted in FCC, National Lifeline Accountability Database, USAC

On August 27, USAC and the FCC held a workshop to provide an in-depth presentation of the technical aspects of how ETCs will be able to connect and interact with the National Lifeline Accountability Database (“NLAD”).  The NLAD is designed to prevent duplicate Lifeline support.  Testing of the NLAD will begin in early September, followed… Continue Reading

Database Webinar Provides Details and Timeline

Posted in FCC, National Lifeline Accountability Database, USAC

A June 19 webinar presented by USAC and the FCC provided a status report on the National Lifeline Accountability Database (“NLAD”).  USAC announced that it has selected Information Management Consultants (IMC) as the vendor to develop the NLAD, and that it is in the process of selecting an additional third party vendor to verify subscriber… Continue Reading

Database Webinar to be Presented by USAC and FCC

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Today, USAC and the FCC announced that they will present a webinar on the new National Lifeline Accountability Database (“NLAD”) on June 19, 2013 from 3:00 to 4:00 Eastern.  The NLAD aims to eliminate existing duplicate Lifeline support claims, and prevent duplicate claims going forward.  It is expected to be operational by the end of… Continue Reading

Database Update: California Conditionally Permitted to Opt Out of National Lifeline Database

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On March 4, 2013, the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau issued an Order conditionally granting certification of the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) to opt out of the National Lifeline Accountability Database (“NLAD”).  The NLAD is intended to detect and eliminate duplicate Lifeline support provided to individuals and households and is expected to come online later this year. In the Order,… Continue Reading

Database Update: Texas Permitted to Opt Out of Lifeline Anti-Duplicates Database

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On Feb. 27, the Public Utility Commission of Texas (“PUCT”) circulated notice to eligible telecommunications carriers in Texas that it has been granted permission by the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) to opt out of participation in the National Lifeline Accountability Database (“NLAD”).  The NLAD is intended to detect and eliminate duplicate Lifeline support provided to individuals and households. … Continue Reading

Database Update: Vermont Permitted to Opt Out of Lifeline Anti-Duplicates Database

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On Feb. 15, 2013, the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau issued an Order granting the certification of the Vermont Department of Public Service to opt out of the National Lifeline Accountability Database (“NLAD”), which is intended to detect and eliminate duplicate Lifeline support provided to individuals and households.  The NLAD is expected to come online later… Continue Reading