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Lifeline Program

Date: 12.15.2016
Background: Today Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced plans to step down from his post in coming weeks. The following statement is from USTelecom President & CEO Walter B. McCormick Jr.: “We thank Chairman Wheeler for his service and express our gratitude for his commitment to expanding next-generation...
Date: 11.30.2016
Earlier this spring, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an order that modified the Lifeline program by allowing low-income Americans to have subsidized broadband service, while also implementing various administrative reforms. USTelecom President Walter McCormick praised the move modernizing the Lifeline program, saying that it...
Date: 10.03.2016
Lifeline providers are working diligently to implement the comprehensive Lifeline reforms that the Commission recently adopted (Lifeline Order). However, as noted in the United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) Petition for Reconsideration of the Lifeline order, multiple stakeholders have legitimate concerns regarding the inconsistencies...
Date: 08.24.2016
The United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) respectfully responds to the request of the Federal Communications Commission (Commission), pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), for comments on the implications of the information collection requirements in its Lifeline and Link Up Reform and Modernization, Third Report and Order...
Date: 08.08.2016
The United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) submits this reply to various oppositions to its Petition for Reconsideration and Clarification of the Federal Communications Commission’s (Commission’s) recent Order in the above-referenced proceedings. In its petition, USTelecom demonstrated that various aspects of the Commission...
Date: 06.23.2016
USTelecom supports many of the Federal Communications Commission’s (Commission) comprehensive reforms to the Lifeline program contained in its Order. However, there are aspects of the Order where the Commission ignored requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), unnecessarily increased administrative burdens, as well as areas...
Date: 03.31.2016
Background: Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an order that reforms the Lifeline program by allowing low-income Americans to have subsidized broadband service, while also implementing various administrative reforms. The following statement is from USTelecom President & CEO Walter B. McCormick Jr.: “We...
Date: 03.24.2016
On Wednesday, March 23, 2016, Jonathan Banks and I (USTelecom) met with Gigi Sohn, and Stephanie Weiner of Chairman Wheeler’s office, Eric Feigenbaum (FCC OMR) and Trent Hardraker (FCC WCB) to discuss the above referenced proceeding. Referencing USTelecom’s comments in this proceeding, we identified ways for the FCC to make the...
Date: 03.24.2016
On Tuesday, March 22, 2016, AJ Burton (Frontier), Richard Cameron (ACS) John E. Benedict (CenturyLink), Alan Buzacott (Verizon), Mary Henze (AT&T), Anisa Latif (AT&T), and Jonathan Banks and I (USTelecom) met with Charles Eberle, Ryan Palmer, Jay Schwarz, Garnet Hanly and Jodie Griffin (FCC WCB) to discuss the above referenced proceeding....
Date: 03.24.2016
On Thursday, March 24, 2016, Jonathan Banks and I of USTelecom met with Travis Litman, Senior Legal Advisor to Commissioner Rosenworcel to discuss the above referenced proceeding. Referencing USTelecom’s comments in this proceeding, we identified ways for the FCC to make the Lifeline program more effective and efficient. In addition to...

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