Marlene Dortch

New Lifeline Rules Effective January 27, 2020; Comment Period Set

The Federal Communications Commission published its new rule for its Lifeline program making January 27, 2020 the date the changes will go into effect. The changes include:

FCC Partially Grants Lifeline Service Standards Relief

The Federal Communications Commission addresses the petition of CTIA and others seeking a waiver of the FCC’s rules updating the Lifeline program’s minimum service standard for mobile broadband usage, which otherwise would take effect on Dec 1, 20

FCC Opens Annual Inquiry on Broadband Deployment

The Federal Communications Commission initiates its annual review and solicits comments and information to help guide the analysis.

FCC Setting Up Precision Agriculture Task Force

The Federal Communications Commission (Commission) intends to establish a Federal Advisory Committee, known as the ‘‘Task Force for Reviewing the Connectivity and Technology Needs of Precision Agriculture in the United States." The FCC intends to

FCC Names Commissioner Starks to Joint Boards on Universal Service, Separations

The Federal Communications Commission appoints FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks to serve on the Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations and the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service.

FCC and USAC Establishing Computer Matching Program to Verify Lifeline Eligibility

The Federal Communications Commission and the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) are establishing a computer matching program to verify the eligibility of applicants to and subscribers of the Universal Service Fund (USF) Lifeline prog

FCC Votes To Create New Fraud Division Within The Enforcement Bureau

The Federal Communications Commission has voted to create a Fraud Division within its Enforcement Bureau.

FCC Grants E-Rate Relief to Pribilof School District

After a series of errors associated with the Universal Service Administrative Company’s (USAC’s) roll-out of the ERate Productivity Center (EPC), the web-based account and application management portal for the E-Rate program, Pribilof School Distr

FCC Authorizes Audacy to Provide Inter-Satellite Communications

In this Order, the Federal Communications Commission authorize Audacy Corporation to construct, deploy, and operate a non-geostationary satellite orbit (NGSO) satellite system to provide continuous, high-speed communications between other NGSO sat

FCC Proposes Reforms to Eliminate Intercarrier Compensation Arbitrage

The Federal Communications Commission has long recognized that arbitrage opportunities in the intercarrier compensation (ICC) system harm consumers, undermine broadband deployment, and distort competition. Despite the FCC’s adoption of a national,