On April 27, the FCC released the 224-page text of its controversial Lifeline Order which is designed to “moderniz[e] Lifeline for the 21st Century.” The order, aggressive for both its scope and short implementation timeline, reforms almost every aspect of the Lifeline program by:
- Expanding the supported services to include broadband Lifeline support for low-income consumers
- Creating a National Eligibility Verifier database
- Establishing a Lifeline Broadband Provider nation-wide designation
- Revising ETC obligations
- Modifying the eligibility criteria
Please join the DWT Lifeline Team—Partner Danielle Frappier, Associate Chris Cook, Of Counsel Jim Smith, Partner Mark Trinchero, and Client Service Manager Tanea Foglia—as we breakdown this complex order, discuss its implications on current and future Lifeline providers, and examine how these changes intersect with the rules scheduled to take effect this summer.