Telecom carriers—also referred to as eligible telecommunications carriers or ETCs—participating in the Lifeline program must be prepared to defend their compliance practices in an audit. While this was true before the recent reforms, the frequency of audits (USAC and state) has significantly increased in the wake of the FCC’s 2012 Lifeline Reform order. Moreover, that order established a new rule that ETCs receiving $5 million or more per year must now conduct a self-audit every two years and file the results with the FCC and states. These particular audits require the ETC to hire an outside auditor, and are set to begin in 2014.
This DWT webinar explored standard USAC audit questions as well as the FCC’s proposed guidelines for the new biennial audits so that you can prepare your company for the upcoming audits.