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FCC Form 481 Certification Deadline Extended to July 16th; USAC Addresses Confidentiality Issues | FCC Report – July 2018
Beginning this year, the FCC Form 481s submitted by carriers will be made publicly available through a portal on USAC’s website. However, USAC recently announced that information designated as confidential pursuant to FCC protective orders (i.e., rate-of-return carriers' detailed financial information) will not be included in the data that is made public. In addition, almost all narrative attachments to the Form will automatically be excluded from public access this year. Subscribe for more information >
FCC and USAC Announce National Lifeline Verifier Soft Launch in Six States | FCC Report – July 2018
On June 18th, the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau and USAC announced the soft launch of the Lifeline National Eligibility Verifier database for service providers in Colorado, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. The National Verifier was established to make Lifeline eligibility determinations and perform a variety of other functions necessary to enroll subscribers in the Lifeline program. Participation in the National Verifier during the soft launch window is optional for service providers in the initial launch states. Subscribe for more information >
FCC to Consider Order Eliminating Regulations that Hinder Nationwide Number Portability Including Remaining Toll Dialing Parity Rules | FCC Report – July 2018
At its July 12th meeting, the FCC will vote on a Report and Order that eliminates and relaxes certain regulatory requirements that the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) has identified as barriers to enabling nationwide number portability. First, the Order would extend forbearance from the Communications Act’s interexchange dialing parity requirements to all carriers and customers, and eliminate the FCC’s toll dialing parity rules. Subscribe for more information >
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