Federal Communications Commission
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Release Date: May 4, 2012
COMMENT SOUGHT ON PETITIONS FOR WAIVER SUBMITTED BY STATE
WC Docket Nos. 11-42, 03-109, 12-23 and CC Docket No. 96-45
Comment Date: May 15, 2012
The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on three petitions for waiver filed by the
Montana Public Service Commission1 (MT PSC), the Public Utilities Commission of Oregon2 (PUC OR),
and the Colorado Public Utilities Commission3 (CO PUC) (collectively, the Petitioners). Petitioners
request a temporary waiver of the June 1, 2012 effective date of section 54.409 as amended by the Lifeline Reform Order
, which establishes uniform eligibility criteria for Lifeline.4
Petitioners request a temporary waiver of the deadline to implement the uniform eligibility
criteria, because they argue that their respective state legislatures need time to enact legislation to
harmonize the eligibility criteria for Lifeline and similar state programs.5 The MT PSC requests the
effective date for the implementation of uniform eligibility criteria be extended until June 1, 2013.6 The
PUC OR and CO PUC request the effective date for the implementation of uniform eligibility criteria be
extended until July 1, 2013.7
Because at the rules from which the Petitioners seek waiver will go into effect June 1, the Bureau
adopts an expedited comment period for this proceeding. Interested parties may file comments on or
before May 15, 2012
Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission’s rules, interested parties
1 Montana Public Service Commission, Petition for Waiver, WC Dkt. Nos. 11-42 et al
., CC Dkt No. 96-45 (filed
Mar. 20, 2012) (MT PSC Petition
2 Public Utility Commission of Oregon, Petition for Waiver, WC Dkt. Nos. 11-42 et al
., CC Dkt No. 96-45, (filed
Apr. 19, 2012) (PUC OR Petition
3 Colorado Public Utilities Commission, Petition for Waiver, WC Dkt. Nos. 11-42 et al
., CC Dkt No. 96-45 (filed
Apr. 6, 2012) (CO PUC Petition
4 See Lifeline and Link Up Reform and Modernization et al.,
Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking, WC Dkt. Nos. 11-42 et al
., CC Dkt No. 96-45, FCC 12-11, para. 515 (rel. Feb. 6, 2012) (Lifeline
) (setting June 1, 2012 effective date for uniform eligibility criteria in 47 C.F.R. § 54.409(a)).
5 MT PSC Petition
at 1-2; PUC OR Petition at
4; CO PUC Petition
6 MT PSC Petition
7 PUC OR Petition
at 4; CO PUC Petition
may file comments on or before the date indicated on the first page of this document. Comments may be
filed using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS).8
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.
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).
The proceeding this Notice initiates shall be treated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in
accordance with the Commission’s ex parte
rules.9 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
47 CFR §§ 1.415, 1.419; Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings
, 63 FR 24121 (1998).
9 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.
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 Jonathan Lechter, Telecommunications Access Policy
Division, Wireline Competition Bureau at (202) 418-7400 or TTY (202) 418-0484.
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