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GAO Testimony: Additional Action Needed to Address Significant Risks in FCC’s Lifeline Program

In May 2017, we published a report on Federal Communications Commission's oversight of Lifeline that identified steps FCC has taken in the last few years to enhance the integrity of the program and stated the weaknesses that remained.

FCC Seeks Comment On NECA 2018 Average Schedule Company Universal Service HCLS Formula

On August 30, 2017, the National Exchange Carrier Association, Inc. (NECA) filed its 2018 Modification of the Average Schedule Universal Service High Cost Loop Support Formula.

FCC Announces Initial Launch of the National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier

By this Public Notice, the Federal Communications Commission announces the states that will be part of the initial launch of the National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier (National Verifier).

Chairman Pai's Response to Senator Peters and Senator Stabenow Regarding the GAO Report on the Lifeline Program

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai sent letters to Sens Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) on August 21, 2017, to respond to their letter expressing concern with the Lifeline program and asking for information relating

Chairman Pai's Response to Rep Hanabusa Regarding Oversight of the Universal Service Fund High-Cost Program

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai sent a letter to Rep Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) on August 21, 2017, in response to her letter regarding communications service to the Hawaiian Home Lands residents and the Commission's investigation

E-Rate, Other Universal-Service Funds to Be Transferred to US Treasury

The Universal Service Administrative Company, the nonprofit organization responsible for administering the E-rate program and other federal universal-service funds, announced August 8 that it would transfer more than $9 billion it oversees out of

Lifeline Connects Coalition Discusses Lifeline Reform Issues

The Lifeline Connects Coalition met with Federal Communications Commission Wireline Competition Bureau staff on August 10, 2017 to discuss the Lifeline National Eligibility Verifier.

Senate Leaders Want Lifeline Abuse Investigations

A bipartisan quartet of Senators want the Government Accountability Office to fork over some details about the waste, fraud and abuse it identified in the Federal Communications Commission-administered Lifeline low-income broadband subsidy program

Pleading Cycle Established for Comments on NTCA and USTelecom's Petition for Forbearance from USF Contribution Requirements

On June 14, 2017, NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association (NTCA) and the United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) filed a joint petition pursuant to Section 10 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, requesting that the Commission tempo