On April 27, the FCC released the text of its eagerly anticipated – and highly controversial – Lifeline Modernization Order. The DWT Lifeline Team broke down the Order during its May 24 Deconstructing the Lifeline Order webinar. Highlights are below.
Danielle Frappier provided an overview of the Order and the process leading up to its approval. She also reminded participants of important rule changes that will take effect as a result of the 2015 Lifeline Order, including the new snapshot date requirement and the relinquishment of Lifeline resale subsidies.
Tanea Foglia explained how the new Order phases out Lifeline subsidies for voice service while introducing subsidies for broadband service. She also explained the new minimum service standards for fixed broadband and mobile and fixed voice service.
Mark Trinchero described the new Lifeline Broadband Provider designation process, what roles the states will play as results to Lifeline designations, as well as the forbearance options for eligible telecommunications carriers.
Chris Cook discussed how the National Eligibility Verifier will work and some of the potential benefits and limitations. He also covered the changes to the Lifeline eligibility criteria.
Lastly, Jim Smith discussed the additional program reforms, including modifications to the recertification process, the non-usage policy, designation of Tribal lands in Oklahoma, and administrative changes to the Lifeline program.
Although DWT provided a detailed overview of the Order during the webinar and in our advisory, there are still many more details to discuss. Stay tuned to our blog for information on upcoming DWT webinars that will delve more deeply into the Order.