WCB Seeks Comment on GCI Recertification Clarification Petition
Federal Communications Commission
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
Released: October 23, 2012
WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU SEEKS COMMENT ON
GCI’s PETITION FOR CLARIFICATION OF ANNUAL RECERTIFICATION RULE
WC Docket Nos. 11-42, 03-109, and 12-23
CC Docket 96-45
Comment Date: November 23, 2012
Reply Comment Date: December 10, 2012
Communication, Inc. (GCI) requesting clarification of the requirement that an eligible
telecommunications carrier (ETC) recertify the eligibility of its Lifeline subscribers on an annual basis.1
GCI seeks clarification as to whether the annual recertification requirement set forth in Section 54.410(f)
requires recertification of each subscriber once per calendar year or recertification of each subscriber
every twelve months.2
Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission’s rules, interested parties may file
comments on or before the dates indicated above.3 Comments may be filed using the Commission’s
Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS).4
Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the
Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each
filing. If more than one docket or rulemaking number appears in the caption of this proceeding,
filers must submit two additional copies for each additional docket or rulemaking number.
1 Petition for Clarification of Annual Recertification Rule, WC Docket Nos. 11-42, 03-109, 12-23, CC Docket No.
96-45 (filed Oct. 1, 2012) (GCI Petition). See 47 C.F.R. § 54.410(f); Lifeline and Link Up Reform and
Modernization et al, WC Docket No.11-42 et al., Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 27
FCC Rcd 6656, App. C (2012).
2 See GCI Petition at 1. For example, if an ETC recertifies a customer on Jan. 1, 2014, GCI argues that the ETC
would not need to recertify that customer until sometime in the calendar year of 2015, which would be once per
calendar year, but could potentially be longer than 12 months. See id. at 3.
3 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.415, 1.419.
4 See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, GC Docket No. 97-113, Report and Order, 13
FCC Rcd 11322 (1998).
Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-
class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail. All filings must be addressed to the Commission’s Secretary,
Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.
All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission’s Secretary must be
delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St., SW, Room TW-A325, Washington, DC 20554.
The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All hand deliveries must be held together with rubber
bands or fasteners. Any envelopes and boxes must be disposed of before entering the building.
Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must
be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.
U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 445 12th Street,
SW, Washington DC 20554.
People with Disabilities: To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities
(Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to email@example.com or call the
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (tty).
In addition, one copy of each pleading must be sent to each of the following:
(1) Michelle Schaefer, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445
12th Street, S.W., Room 5-B440, Washington, D.C. 20554; e-mail: Michelle.Schaefer@fcc.gov; and
(2) Charles Tyler, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th
Street, S.W., Room 5-A452, Washington, D.C. 20554; e-mail: Charles.Tyler@fcc.gov.
The proceeding this Notice initiates shall be treated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in
accordance with the Commission’s ex parte rules.5 Persons making ex parte presentations must file a
copy of any written presentation or a memorandum summarizing any oral presentation within two
business days after the presentation (unless a different deadline applicable to the Sunshine period applies).
Persons making oral ex parte presentations are reminded that memoranda summarizing the presentation
must (1) list all persons attending or otherwise participating in the meeting at which the ex parte
presentation was made, and (2) summarize all data presented and arguments made during the
presentation. If the presentation consisted in whole or in part of the presentation of data or arguments
already reflected in the presenter’s written comments, memoranda or other filings in the proceeding, the
presenter may provide citations to such data or arguments in his or her prior comments, memoranda, or
other filings (specifying the relevant page and/or paragraph numbers where such data or arguments can be
found) in lieu of summarizing them in the memorandum. Documents shown or given to Commission
staff during ex parte meetings are deemed to be written ex parte presentations and must be filed
consistent with rule 1.1206(b). In proceedings governed by rule 1.49(f) or for which the Commission has
made available a method of electronic filing, written ex parte presentations and memoranda summarizing
oral ex parte presentations, and all attachments thereto, must be filed through the electronic comment
filing system available for that proceeding, and must be filed in their native format (e.g., .doc, .xml, .ppt,
searchable .pdf). Participants in this proceeding should familiarize themselves with the Commission’s ex
5 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.
For further information, please contact Michelle Schaefer, Telecommunications Access Policy
Division, Wireline Competition Bureau at (202) 418-7400 or TTY (202) 418-0484.
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