WCB Seeks Comment On TracFone's Petition to Amend Lifeline Rules
Federal Communications Commission
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Washington, D.C. 20554
Released: May 16, 2013
WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU SEEKS COMMENT ON
TRACFONE’S PETITION TO AMEND LIFELINE RULES TO PROHIBIT IN-PERSON
DISTRIBUTION OF HANDSETS TO PROSPECTIVE LIFELINE CUSTOMERS
WC Docket No. 11-42
Comment Date: June 17, 2013
Reply Comment Date: July 2, 2013
for rulemaking filed by TracFone Wireless, Inc. (TracFone).1 In its petition, TracFone urges the
Commission to promptly commence a rulemaking proceeding for the purpose of amending its Lifeline
rules to prohibit in-person distribution of handsets to prospective Lifeline consumers as a means to
prevent waste, fraud, and abuse in the Lifeline program.2 TracFone claims that the ability of eligible
telecommunications carriers (ETCs) to distribute handsets in real time to prospective Lifeline subscribers
may often prevent ETCs from performing the necessary verification to certify that those consumers are
eligible for Lifeline benefits.3 Tracfone suggests that the Commission should require ETCs to send
handsets to the Lifeline subscribers via U.S. mail or approved delivery service after the ETC has verified
the applicants’ eligibility in accordance with Commission rules.4
Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission’s rules, 47 CFR §§ 1.415, 1.419,
interested parties may file comments and reply comments on or before the dates indicated on the first
page of this document. Comments may be filed using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing
System (ECFS). See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, 63 FR 24121 (1998).
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 See Petition for Rulemaking to Prohibit In-Person Distribution of Handsets to Prospective Lifeline Customers;
Lifeline and Link Up Reform and Modernization et al, Petition for Rulemaking, WC Dkt. Nos. 11-42 et al., CC Dkt.
No. 96-45 (filed May 13, 2013) (TracFone Petition).
2 See id. at 1, 5-6.
3 See id. at 6.
4 See id. at 7.
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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
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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
For further information, please contact Garnet Hanly, Telecommunications Access Policy
Division, Wireline Competition Bureau at (202) 418-7400 or TTY (202) 418-0484.
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5 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.