A1: Yes. All ETCs that have received a SAC assignment from USAC, which has not been relinquished, must complete and file FCC Form 555 with USAC and the FCC. If an ETC did not claim federal support for Lifeline Program subscribers for the previous data month, the ETC should certify Section 2C and complete all other fields required for submission.
A2: No. FCC Form 555 recertification results are now reported at the SAC level. No longer are recertification results aggregated at the state level.
A3: No. FCC Form 555 should be filed on a SAC-level regardless of service type.
A4: If the subscriber was included in the recertification process prior to being scheduled for de-enrollment, they should be included in the recertification results data in Section 2 A and/or B. They would not be recorded in Column I or L.
A5: A pre-paid ETC does not assess or collect a monthly fee from its Lifeline Program subscribers. Most pre-paid ETCs are wireless service providers who offer a specific allotment of minutes per month without a monthly fee. For more information pertaining to the de-enrollment requirements of pre-paid ETCs, refer to 47 C.F.R. Section 54.405(e)(3).
A6: Please check with your state public utilities/service commission for state requirements regarding annual recertification.
A8: Yes. 497 Officer entitlements allow the user to certify both the FCC Form 497 and the FCC Form 555 online.
A9: When a 497 Officer certifies a form online it is considered an electronic signature. The ETC does not need to provide a separate copy with a written signature.
A10: Once the form has been completed and you have exited the screen, you may return to the results screen to access the completed PDF.