On December 19, 2012, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing that savings from the recent reforms of its Lifeline program totaled about $214 million in 2012, exceeding its $200 million target. Proclaiming that “eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse protects Lifeline’s mission of helping low-income Americans afford vital communications service,” the FCC said that the program cost savings is primarily attributable to: (1) its elimination of the “Link Up” subsidy for new connections (except by high cost carriers in Tribal lands), resulting in a decrease in support payments from $14 million to less than $200,000 per month; (2) new requirements that carriers obtain proof of eligibility from new subscribers, resulting in $40 million in savings; (3) enforcing the Lifeline “one per household” restriction by reviewing over 12 million subscriber records on a state-by-state basis and eliminating over a million duplicate subscriptions, resulting in $128 million in annualized savings, with further savings to come as the FCC develops a database to automatically check for duplicate subscriptions; and (4) requiring ETCs to annually verify the continued eligibility of their Lifeline subscribers. The FCC also announced that it has launched a “Lifeline Fraud Tip Line” (855-4LL-TIPS) and an email address (Lifelinetips@fcc.gov) to report possible fraud in the program.
This is not the National Lifeline Accountability Database (“NLAD”).
To reach the NLAD, please call 877 524 1325 and choose option 3.
For more information about working in the Lifeline program, please contact:
Danielle Frappier, Partner
NLAD: 877 524 1325, option 3