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LI Program News - October 31, 2016

October 31, 2016

LBP Public Notice – What Service Providers Need to Know

The FCC's Lifeline Broadband Provider (LBP) designation process received OMB approval on October 2, 2016, and service providers may now begin to submit petitions to request LBP status.

Streamlined Designation Process

Service Providers may qualify for a streamlined 60-day designation process if they:

  • Serve at least 1,000 non-Lifeline customers with voice and/ or broadband at the time of filing; and
  • Have offered broadband to the public without interruption for at least two years preceding the filing.

Petitions qualifying for streamlined designation will be deemed granted in 60 days from the submission of an application if the FCC has not removed it from streamlined treatment. The 60 day clock begins once the LBP application is complete.

LBP Petition Requirements

Service Providers must:

  • Certify their compliance with service standards applicable to the support they receive, including minimum service standards.
  • Certify their ability to remain functional in emergency situations.
  • Certify their compliance with applicable consumer protection and service quality standards.
  • Demonstrate they are financially and technically capable of providing the Lifeline service in compliance with subpart E of Part 54 of the FCC's rules.
  • Describe the terms and conditions of the broadband plans they will offer to Lifeline subscribers.

For more information on how to apply for LBP designation please access the Lifeline Broadband PN.

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Questions and Feedback

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Offering Lifeline-Eligible Broadband? Let Us Know

USAC is adding information about the companies that will offer Lifeline-eligible broadband service to our website and outreach materials. If your company plans to offer supported broadband service beginning in December 2016, please email LifelineProgram@USAC.org and let us know your company name and the areas where you plan to offer supported broadband service.

Consumer Certification Forms – Subscribers Must Initial all Certifications

Effective December 2, 2016, carriers are reminded that Lifeline rules now require each prospective and current subscriber's acknowledgement of the certifications in §54.410(d)(3)(i) -(viii) by having the subscriber initial each of the certifications individually, as well as under penalty of perjury.

OMB Approval – Updated FCC Form 497 and 555

On October 3, 2016, OMB approved changes to FCC Forms 497 and 555 from the 2016 Modernization Order. Samples of the updated 497 forms are attached to this newsletter, and updated 555 forms will be shared soon.

 

Please note that these sample forms are for reference only and should not be used before January 1, 2017.

Lifeline Eligibility adds Veterans Pension and Survivors Pension Benefits

As of December 2, 2016, recipients of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Pension or Survivors Pension benefits are eligible for the Lifeline program. Participation in these program can be demonstrated by presenting the following letters from the VA:

  • Veterans Pension Grant Letter
  • Veterans Pension COLA Adjustment Letter
  • Survivors Pension benefit Summary Letter

For samples of these documents, please contact LifelineProgram@USAC.org.

National Verifier Status Update

USAC is gathering insight on several proposed processes and elements for the draft National Verifier plan. To participate in a webinar to review and share feedback on the National Verifier, please join us for an upcoming webinar:

 

    Service Providers: November 1 @ 1 p.m. ET Register Here

    State and Federal agencies: November 2 @ 3 p.m. ET Register Here

    Consumer groups and advocates: November 3 @ 3 p.m. ET Register Here

 

The information learned in those webinars, along with insight gained from other in-person and telephone consultations will inform the draft National Verifier plan that USAC will deliver to the FCC by November 30, 2016.

 

USAC will issue a Request for Proposal for the National Verifier's technical build in the coming weeks.

Introduction to National Verifier Webinar: November 9th @ 3pm

Join us as we present an introduction to the National Verifier. The session will include an overview of the planning process and will preview portions of the draft National Verifier plan. An interactive session will be held to accommodate questions and feedback surrounding the draft plan.

 

Register Here

Additional Considerations for Future Issues:

  • Additional explanation of Benefit Port Freeze and its NLAD implications

 

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