FCC Form 555 FAQs
Enter the number of subscribers you had with anniversary dates in that month. You must be able to support/document your claim. Many filers choose to use the number of subscribers recorded in the NLAD Summary and Detail Subscriber Snapshot Report.
For example, for July anniversary dates, if a service provider started the recertification process on March 15, they can populate block A with the data from the NLAD Summary and Detail Subscriber Snapshot Report from March 1. Users will need to filter the report by anniversary date to see how many subscribers have anniversary dates in July.
Do not enter the total number from the NLAD snapshot or the number of subscribers from your Lifeline Reimbursement Claim.
Block B shows any difference between the number of subscribers you listed in block A, and the number of subscribers that you included in your recertification process.
For example, if your company based its recertification process for July anniversary dates on the March 1 NLAD Summary and Detail Subscriber Snapshot Report, but you didn’t start the recertification process until March 15, anyone who de-enrolled between March 1 and March 14 would be counted in block B.
The “recertification attempt” is whenever you started the recertification process; it is not necessarily the beginning of the 150-day period or the first day of the 60-day period. For example, if you first used a database query, the date of the query is the beginning of your recertification attempt. If you did not use a database query and began the recertification process using direct contact (written notice), Day 1 of the notice is the beginning of your recertification attempt.
Also use block B for cases when a subscriber de-enrolls after the recertification attempt begins, but for reasons not related to recertification. For example, if the subscribers transferred their Lifeline benefit to another company, or were de-enrolled for non-usage after the recertification attempt began, you can count them in block B.
Yes. Only ETCs that do not assess or collect a monthly fee from their Lifeline subscribers need to report de-enrollment for non-usage. Most ETCs subject to the Non-usage Requirements are wireless service providers who offer a specific allotment of pre-paid minutes per month without a monthly fee after the application of the Lifeline discount. For more information pertaining to the de-enrollment requirements of pre-paid ETCs, refer to 47 C.F.R. Section 54.405(e)(3).
Other types of service providers should select “No” to the question “Is the ETC subject to the non-usage requirements,” and then the fields will be inactive/greyed out.
If the subscriber passed a database check, that’s considered a successful recertification. If your company performed the database query, the subscriber should be counted in block D (Subscribers recertified through access to state or federal database).
If a third party recertified the subscriber through a database check, the result should be reported in block L (Subscribers that recertified through a request from a state administrator, third party, or USAC).
A “state or federal database” means your company queried a database to determine the subscriber’s eligibility.
A “third party” means the subscriber’s eligibility was reviewed by a state administrator, third-party administrator, or USAC. For example, results from Texas, California, Oregon, and USAC-elected recertification should be reported in the “third party” section. If a third party performed the recertification, the results should always be reported in blocks I – L, even if they used a database.
Service providers that elected USAC to conduct recertification (prior to the launch of the National Verifier in their state) should use the results on the Recertification Subscriber Status Report and the Failed Recertification De-Enroll Report from NLAD to complete FCC Form 555.
List them in the “direct contact” section of the form (blocks F – H), not the third party section.
To learn more about establishing and updating user entitlements in E-File, review the E-File User Guide. For questions about existing entitlements, please contact USAC at (888) 641-8722.
Yes. 497 Officer entitlements allow the user to certify both Lifeline Reimbursement Claims and the FCC Form 555 online.
Report subscribers by the month of their anniversary date. Do not report them in the month when their recertification period starts or ends. You can see each subscriber’s anniversary date in NLAD.
It doesn’t. You always need to report the subscribers by anniversary month, even if you chose to batch them into two-month groups.
Yes. All ETCs that have a SAC assignment from USAC that has not been relinquished must complete and file FCC Form 555 with USAC, FCC, and relevant state and Tribal governments.
Yes. One FCC Form 555 is required per SAC. Recertification results are no longer aggregated at the state level.
It is the solely the service provider’s responsibility to file FCC Form 555. If you do not have the data needed to complete your filing, submit the filing with whatever data you have by the deadline, then submit a revision once the data is available. If a third party working on behalf of the state is not providing the information you need, contact your state administrator.
After filing with USAC via E-File (one portal), service providers need to file a copy in the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System, Docket 14-171. Service providers must also submit a copy of the completed form with the relevant state and Tribal governments. Please check with your state public utilities/service commission for state requirements regarding your annual recertification.
FCC Form 555 Supplemental Information is available and “tooltips” are available within the E-File (one portal). Click the question mark icon to view the relevant tooltip. More information is also available on the FCC Form 555 web page. If you need further assistance, contact USAC at (888) 641-8722.
Yes. You must still complete FCC Form 555. If you did not conduct any recertifications, enter “0” in blocks A – C and leave the rest of the blocks blank.