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5/17/2017Scheduled System Maintenance Friday, May 19


The National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD) will be unavailable due to scheduled system maintenance starting on Friday, May 19 at 10:00 PM until Saturday, May 20 at 2:00 AM EDT.

The NLAD pre-production and production environments will not be available for use during this time.

For a full calendar of scheduled maintenance, visit the Maintenance Schedule page on the Lifeline Program website.  

5/17/2017Scheduled System Maintenance Friday, May 19


 The National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD) will be unavailable due to scheduled system maintenance starting on Friday, May 19 at 10:00 PM until Saturday, May 20 at 2:00 AM EDT.

The NLAD pre-production and production environments will not be available for use during this time.

For a full calendar of scheduled maintenance, visit the Maintenance Schedule page on the Lifeline Program website. 

5/16/2017E-File Outage Due to System Maintenance: May 18


USAC's E-File system will be unavailable for 498 and 499 users on Thursday, May 18, from 9:00-11:00 PM ET, for system maintenance. FCC Forms for contributors and service providers will not be accessible. During this time, users will be unable to file, certify, and search for FCC Forms 498 and 499 online. 

EPC, HUBB, My Portal, NLAD, and High Cost/Lifeline forms will not be affected by this outage. We apologize for any inconvenience.

4/26/2017Scheduled System Maintenance Friday, April 28


The National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD) will be unavailable due to scheduled system maintenance starting on Friday, April 28 at 10:00 PM until Saturday, April 29 at 2:00 AM EDT.

The NLAD pre-production and production environments will not be available for use during this time.

For a full calendar of scheduled maintenance, visit the Maintenance Schedule page on the Lifeline Program website.

4/25/2017NLAD Release Version 3.4.5


NLAD version 3.4.5 has been released into the Production Environment on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

The following changes have been made in this release:

Addition of CAPTCHA to NLAD login page
A CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) is a program that enhances NLAD security by ensuring a user is human. When the user enters their NLAD username and password on the NLAD login page, they will be asked to confirm that they are not a robot. CAPTCHA may prompt the user to select images based on a given theme, for example, “Select all images with mountains.” After selecting the images, the user can successfully login to NLAD.

Please note, CAPTCHA only impacts the log in process for the NLAD UI. CAPTCHA does not affect NLAD API users or the ability to access NLAD through the API.

Select Multiple SACs for Detail Active Subscriber Report and Detail Subscriber Snapshot Report
Users can now select multiple SACs when viewing the Detail Active Subscriber Report and the Detail Subscriber Snapshot Report.
  

4/24/2017FCC Releases Order on Reconsideration for Lifeline Broadband Providers (LBPs)


On February 3, 2017, the FCC released an Order on Reconsideration for LBP designations. The order allows the FCC to reconsider the Lifeline Broadband Provider (LBP) designations for nine new Lifeline broadband providers.

USAC appreciates the FCC's commitment to universal service and the integrity of the Lifeline Program. Reconsiderations of recent decisions are common during administration changes.

Current Lifeline ETCs with voice designations are still authorized to provide Lifeline-supported broadband service. USAC will work closely with the FCC and service providers to minimize the effect on consumers, following the approach laid out in the order. Lifeline subscribers of the affected LBPs will be allowed to select a new service provider.

4/20/2017FCC Form 481 Due July 3, 2017


Eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) can now log in to E-File and access the FCC Form 481, Carrier Annual Reporting Data Collection Form. 

You can find draft versions of the FCC Form 481 Template (PDF version), filing instructions, and all necessary upload templates, on the High Cost and Lifeline Forms web pages.

Please note that these documents are all drafts until the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) provides Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) approval. You may begin and save your FCC Form 481, but will not be able to certify the filing. The certify and bulk certify buttons will be disabled until OMB approves the form. USAC will send a notification email when the buttons are activated and you are able to certify your filing.
 

   

4/3/2017NLAD Service Disruption


The National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD) is experiencing a system disruption. We are working to resolve the issue and will communicate via the NLAD Bulletin as soon as it is resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience.

3/21/2017NLAD Release Version 3.4.0


NLAD version 3.4.0 has been released into the Production environment today, March 21, 2017. This release includes two (2) new API error codes:

  • Two (2) API error codes for when NLAD checks a subscriber in a state database (currently only applicable to California)

The API Specification document containing the two new error codes is available in the “Reports and Tools” section of the Production environment.

3/15/2017Scheduled System Maintenance on Friday, March 17


The National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD) will be unavailable due to scheduled system maintenance starting on Friday, March 17 at 10:00 PM until Saturday, March 18 at 2:00 AM EDT.

The NLAD pre-production and production environments will not be available for use during this time.

For a full calendar of scheduled maintenance, visit the Maintenance Schedule page on the Lifeline Program website. 

3/14/2017NLAD Release Version 3.3.2


NLAD version 3.3.2 has been released into the Production environment today, March 14, 2017. This release includes two (2) new API error codes:

  • Two (2) API error codes for address validation checks

The API Specification document containing the two new error codes for address validation checks is available in the “Reports and Tools” section of the Production environment.

The production release of two additional API error codes for NLAD users attempting to check a subscriber in a state database (applicable only to California) will be released as part of NLAD version 3.4.0 scheduled for Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

3/10/2017Resolved - NLAD Intermittent Service Disruptions


The issue causing intermittent service disruptions with the National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD) has been resolved and system functionality has been fully restored.

Thank you for your patience and we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. 

3/10/2017NLAD Intermittent Service Disruptions


The National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD) is experiencing intermittent system disruptions.

We are working to resolve the issue and will communicate as soon as it has been resolved.

We apologize for the inconvenience. 

3/7/2017Webinar on March 8: Rolling Recertification


Join us to hear updates about the Lifeline Program, including the Lifeline Modernization Order and the National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD). During the webinars, you can ask questions and participate in a collaborative dialog with USAC and stakeholders throughout the industry.

Lifeline Program Updates Webinar, Wednesday, March 8, 3:00 PM ET
REGISTER NOW

Webinar Agenda
During the webinar, the Lifeline Program staff will discuss:

  • Rolling Recertification
    • Background
    • Process
  • Lessons Learned
    • Common Audit Findings

To foster a collaborative discussion with our audience, we will accept live questions during the event. We look forward to hearing your questions and comments! 

3/7/2017NLAD Release Versions 3.3.2 and 3.3.3


NLAD versions 3.3.2 and 3.3.3 have been released into the Pre-Production environment today, March 7, 2017. Each release includes two (2) new API error codes:

  • NLAD version 3.3.2 - Two (2) additional API error codes for address validation checks
  • NLAD version 3.3.3 - Two (2) additional API error codes when NLAD attempts to check a subscriber in a state database (applicable only to California)

The API error codes will be live in the Production environment after the combined NLAD 3.3.2 and 3.3.3 Production release on March 14, 2017.

The API Specification document reflecting these changes is available in the "Reports and Tools" section of the Pre-Production environment

2/22/201730-day Deadline for A-CAM ETCs to Submit Lifeline Broadband Forbearance Notices


File a forbearance notice if your company is not planning to offer Lifeline-supported BIAS in Census blocks where it does not receive A-CAM.  

Eligible Telecommunications Carriers (ETCs) are required to offer Lifeline-supported broadband Internet access service (BIAS) throughout their designated service areas, excluding Census blocks where they have availed themselves of the conditional forbearance relief from this obligation. Under the Lifeline Modernization Order, ETCs receiving Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM) support may avail themselves of the conditional forbearance from the Lifeline BIAS obligation in Census blocks where they do not have an A-CAM broadband obligation. 

Consistent with the FCC’s Public Notice about Forbearance Procedures, if your company is not planning to offer Lifeline-supported BIAS in Census blocks where it does not receive A-CAM support, your company must file a forbearance notice for those Census blocks with the FCC and USAC within 30 days of receiving its first 2017 A-CAM payment (e.g. the payment your company receives in February 2017). 

ETCs that avail themselves of the conditional forbearance relief may still offer and receive reimbursement for Lifeline-supported BIAS in the Census blocks where they have availed themselves of the forbearance relief.

Forbearance Filing Procedures
Review the FCC’s Public Notice about Forbearance Procedures for details on the information that must be included in the forbearance notice. The filing procedures for forbearance relief from the obligation to offer Lifeline-supported broadband are:

  1. Submit a forbearance notice to the FCC (use WC Docket No. 11-42 in the FCC ECFS) within 30 days of receiving your first 2017 A-CAM support payment.
  2. Submit a copy of the forbearance notice with attachments to USAC an email (if the forbearance notice and supporting documentation are under 15 MB), or contact us if the file is over 15 MB for instructions about how to upload it via USAC’s SFTP server.

More Information
Visit our website to learn more about your Lifeline broadband obligations and the forbearance process. The conditional forbearance relief from the Lifeline-BIAS obligation is described in the 2016 Lifeline Modernization Order.

2/22/2017NLAD Release Version 3.3.1


NLAD version 3.3.1 will be released into the Production Environment on Saturday, February 25, 2017. This release requires a system outage that will begin on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 10:00 PM EST and will last until 2:00 AM EST Saturday, February 25, 2017. After the outage is over, NLAD Production will be in version 3.3.1.

The following system enhancement will be included in this release:

"Anniversary Date" field displayed on the UI 
After the subscriber has been enrolled, the "Anniversary Date" field will be displayed next to the "Subscriber ID" field on the Update Subscriber page. This date is system-generated and cannot be edited. This date represents the customer's deadline for recertification; therefore please only refer to the "Anniversary Date" field instead of the editable "Service Reverification Date" field to obtain this information.

2/15/2017NLAD Release Version 3.2.1


NLAD version 3.2.1 has been released into the Production Environment today, February 14, 2017. The following system update has been included in this release:

New "Mailing Address Validated" Field in the Detail Active Subscriber and Detail Duplicate Subscriber Reports
The "Mailing Address Validated" field has been added to the Detail Active Subscriber and Detail Duplicate Subscriber Reports. 

The "Mailing Address Validated" field is displayed after the "Mailing ZIP" field. The "Mailing Address Validated" field will display the Address Matching Service (AMS) pass/fail result of the Mailing Address if the subscriber's record contains a mailing address.

Please note that both the Detail Active Subscriber Report and Detail Duplicate Subscriber Report now contain one additional field and service providers should be prepared to receive one additional data field when submitting an API request for these reports.

2/6/2017FCC Releases Order on Reconsideration for Lifeline Broadband Providers (LBPs)


On Friday, the FCC released an Order on Reconsideration for LBP designations. The order allows the FCC to reconsider the Lifeline Broadband Provider (LBP) designations for nine new Lifeline broadband providers. 

USAC appreciates the FCC's commitment to universal service and the integrity of the Lifeline Program. Reconsiderations of recent decisions are common during administration changes.

Current Lifeline ETCs with voice designations are still authorized to provide Lifeline-supported broadband service. USAC will work closely with the FCC and service providers to minimize the effect on consumers, following the approach laid out in the order. Lifeline subscribers of the affected LBPs will be allowed to select a new service provider. 

2/2/2017Invitation to Webinar: Lifeline Program Updates February 8


Join us to hear updates about the Lifeline Program, including the Lifeline Modernization Order and the National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD). During the webinars, you can ask questions and participate in a collaborative dialog with USAC and stakeholders throughout the industry.

Lifeline Program Updates Webinar, Wednesday, February 8, 3:00 PM ET
REGISTER NOW 

Webinar Agenda
During the webinar, the Lifeline Program staff will discuss:

  • Eligibility Programs and Documentation

To foster a collaborative discussion with our audience, we will accept live questions during the event. We look forward to hearing your questions and comments!

Q&A and Event Resources
Please submit questions and comments in advance to the Lifeline Program while registering. Visit the Lifeline Program Update Webinars page to find the webinar recording, slide deck, and list of questions and answers for each event.

2/1/2017Federal Poverty Guidelines Updated for 2017


On January 31, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services published the 2017 Federal Poverty Guidelines in the Federal Register. Lifeline Program carriers should ensure their eligibility materials are updated to reflect the new Federal Poverty Guidelines for 2017. Federal Poverty Guidelines are typically updated each year in late January, and USAC releases a guide set at 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines shortly thereafter.