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Katori Copeland

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Lifeline’s National Verifier to Add Five More States and One Territory

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On October 11, 2018, the FCC announced the soft launch of the National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier (National Verifier) in Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, New Hampshire, North Dakota, and South Dakota. This announcement comes shortly after the FCC announced the full launch of the National Verifier in Colorado, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming a little over… Continue Reading

Lifeline’s National Verifier Launching in Six States in November 2018

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On October 2, 2018, the FCC announced that it will finally launch the National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier (National Verifier) in an initial slate of six states on November 2, 2018.  Lifeline providers in these states—Colorado, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming—will be required to determine Lifeline subscribers’ eligibility using the National Verifier beginning on… Continue Reading

FCC Seeks Comments on Emergency Petition to Delay Launch of Lifeline’s National Verifier

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On August 13, 2018, the FCC issued a Public Notice requesting comments on an Emergency Petition filed by Tracfone Wireless, Inc. (“Tracfone”) requesting the FCC expedite implementation of the National Eligibility Verifier (“National Verifier”). Specifically, Tracfone asks the FCC to accelerate the acquisition of information from key state databases (such as SNAP enrollment databases) and… Continue Reading

Federal Appellate Court Puts a Hold on FCC’s Lifeline Order

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On August 10, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted a stay of the FCC’s 2017 Lifeline Order (“Order”).  The court found that the petitioners provided enough evidence that the FCC did not consider the Order’s significant impact on tribal customers.  Specifically, the Order limited the eligibility to provide Lifeline to… Continue Reading