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FCC Adopts New Rules, Proposes Further Reforms for Lifeline Program

Last week, the FCC released its second major order in the Lifeline reform proceeding: Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Order on Reconsideration, Second Report and Order, and Memorandum Opinion and Order...more

6/30/2015 - Broadband ETCs FCC Lifeline Program OMB Telecommunications Tribal Lands

FCC Adopts Major Overhaul of Lifeline Program Including Proposal to Support Broadband

Thursday, the FCC adopted an order and further notice of proposed rulemaking (referred to below as “Order and FNPRM”) that will revise some aspects of the Lifeline program and proposes to make even larger changes, including...more

6/19/2015 - Broadband ETCs FCC Lifeline Program NPRM

Chairman Wheeler Releases Preview of Lifeline Changes and Further Proposals

On May 28, 2015, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler released a summary of his proposals for reforming the Lifeline program. After noting the stark disparity in broadband access between wealthy American households and those with low...more

6/10/2015 - Broadband FCC Lifeline Program NPRM

Lifeline Disbursements Continue Decline in 2014

Data released by USAC in its 2014 Annual Report show an 11 percent decline in Lifeline disbursements from 2013 and a 27 percent decline from 2012 – the program’s peak funding year. These figures, illustrated in the table...more

5/27/2015 - FCC Lifeline Program Telecommunications

Commissioner Clyburn Speaks on Need to Reform Lifeline to Bridge the Homework Gap and Digital Divide

This morning, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn spoke at the Schools, Health & Library Broadband (SHLB) Coalition’s fifth annual conference, where she laid out her thoughts on how to address the challenge of the “homework gap”...more

5/25/2015 - Broadband E-Rates FCC

FCC Releases Draft Eligible Services List

On May 21, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau asked for comment on the E-rate proposed Eligible Services List (ESL) for funding year 2016. The proposed ESL incorporates several changes spurred by the FCC’s Second E-rate...more

5/25/2015 - Broadband E-Rates FCC

Parties Weigh in on Cox Petition to Restrict Support for School-owned Broadband Networks

On April 29, several entities filed comments on Cox’s Petition for Reconsideration of the FCC’s December E-rate Order. That Order provided new support for schools and libraries to “self-provision,” or build their own...more

5/5/2015 - Broadband Cox Communications Educational Institutions FCC Libraries Public Schools

USAC Recertification Guidance Updated

The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau has released new guidancefcc-logo_white-on-light-blue for ETCs that choose to have USAC recertify their Lifeline subscribers (instead of undertaking the recertification process...more

4/17/2015 - ETCs FCC Recertification USAC

FCC Establishes Application Procedures for Rural Broadband Experiments – Application Deadline Set for Oct. 14

On August 19, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released a public notice establishing the process for applying for support under the Rural Broadband Experiments program. Applications under this program must be submitted...more

8/26/2014 - Applications Auction Broadband FCC Rural Broadband Experiments

Broadband Providers Must Guard Against Subsidized Overbuilds as FCC Readies $9 Billion to Deploy Broadband to “Unserved” Areas

Phase II of the FCC’s Connect America Fund (“CAF”) program will disburse up to $9 billion in support (i.e., subsidies) over the next five years to price cap incumbent local exchange carriers (“ILECs”). This support will be...more

7/8/2014 - Broadband Connect America Fund FCC Internet Internet Service Providers

Competitive Providers One Step Closer to Support for Rural Broadband Deployment Following Latest FCC CAF Phase II Order

On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its long-awaited order establishing a framework for competitors to obtain broadband subsidies (support) through Phase II of the Connect...more

6/13/2014 - Broadband Cable Television Providers Connect America Fund FCC ISPs

New NAL Proposes $3.7 Million in Fines for Alleged Duplicates

Today the FCC released a Notice of Apparent Liability (“NAL”) that has been issued to Budget PrePay and which proposes a fine of $3.7 million for allegedly requesting support for ineligible Lifeline subscribers. This...more

3/6/2014 - FCC Fines

FCC Makes Estimated $50 to $100 Million Available to Competitors Deploying Broadband in Rural Areas for the First Time

Competitive providers deploying broadband networks in rural areas will now be eligible to obtain direct subsidy support from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) through an experimental program under the Connect...more

2/27/2014 - Broadband CAF FCC ISPs Rural Development Telecommunications

FCC I/S/O Providers to Experiment with Rural Broadband Deployments Under Connect America Fund Phase II

As we recently reported, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) “IP Transition Order” includes an experiment designed to test the feasibility of directing Connect America Fund (CAF) subsidies to competitive providers...more

2/12/2014 - Broadband Connect America Fund FCC ISPs

Waiver Sought to Permit ETC to Keep Copies of Eligibility Documents

On January 22, 2014, TracFone Wireless filed a petition with the FCC asking the agency to waive a rule that prohibits ETCs from keeping copies of documentation they review to determine the eligibility of applicants for...more

2/11/2014 - FCC Telecommunications

FCC Initiates Massive E-Rate Program Overhaul

On July 23, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the 175-page text of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to transform the Schools and Libraries component of its Universal Service program—more commonly known...more

7/30/2013 - E-Rates FCC Internet Proposed Regulation Telecommunications Act of 1966

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