FCC Seeks to Refresh the Record on NASUCA’s Petition for Reconsideration in Lifeline Reform Proceeding

On Tuesday, June 1, 2021, the Wireline Competition Bureau (“WCB”) released a Public Notice (DA 21-641) seeking to refresh the record on the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates’ (“NASUCA”) Petition for Reconsideration (“Petition”) filed on June 23, 2016 in the Lifeline and Link Up Reform and Modernization (WC Docket No. 11-42) proceeding.  As a reminder, NASUCA asked the Commission to reconsider three items from the Third Report and Order (FCC 16-38) released on April 27, 2016 in Docket No. 11-42.  First, NASUCA asked the FCC to reconsider their decision to remove Lifeline support for stand-alone voice services because it eliminates a service that millions of customers depend on and forces these voice-only customers to subscribe to more expensive bundled services.  Second, NASUCA asked the FCC to reconsider its decision declining to adopt regulations that would require providers to offer payment arrangements for back-up power for Lifeline customers.  Third, the Petition seeks reconsideration of the FCC’s decision declining to reform the Universal Service Fund contribution rules to require contributions from broadband service providers.

WCB seeks comments to refresh the record on NASUCA’s Petition, including those related to the phasedown of voice-only support.

Comments are due on July 1, 2021.

Reply comments are due on July 16, 2021.

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