Adam Shoemaker

Adam Shoemaker

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

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Commissioner Pai Seeks Information on Potential Lifeline Abuse

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...more

4/20/2016 - Abuse of Process Audits ETCs FCC Lifeline Program Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) Telecommunications USAC Wireless Industry

FCC Adopts Universal Service Broadband Subsidies (CAF) Program Benefitting Rural Telcos

On March 30, the FCC released an Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking announcing $2 billion annually in new financial support (subsidies) to rural incumbent telecommunications carriers (so-called rate of return carriers)...more

4/11/2016 - Broadband CAF FCC NPRM Rural Areas Subsidies Telecommunications

FCC Adopts Plan to Distribute Additional Universal Service Subsidies to Rural Telecom Carriers

On March 30, the FCC released an Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking announcing $2 billion in new financial support to rural incumbent telecommunications carriers (so-called rate of return carriers) willing to deploy...more

4/4/2016 - FCC Federal Funding Rural Development Subsidies Telecommunications Wireless Internet Service Providers

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

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

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 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) Rural Development Telecommunications

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

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