About the Division

The Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) provides outreach to state and local governments, as well as other federal regulatory agencies, for the purpose of fostering an understanding of FCC programs, policies, rules and decisions. We attend and participate in conferences, seminars and industry meetings to further our mission. IGA is responsible for overseeing the work and activities of the commission's Intergovernmental Advisory Committee, the Hospital Robocall Protection Group, and various ad hoc special projects.

 

Spotlight

FCC Formally Establishes Affordable Connectivity Program

On January 21, 2022, the FCC adopted final rules for the $14.2 billion Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) providing a long-term replacement to the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) COVID response program.

Under ACP, eligible households may apply to receive up to a $30 per month discount toward internet service and up to $75 per month for eligible households on qualifying Tribal lands.  Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.  The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and broadband providers have given guidance to legacy EBB households whose eligibility category was eliminated on how to re-qualify.

The new rules establish (1) requirements for eligibility, process, certification and information, and other obligations for existing EBB and new providers to participate in the ACP and gain access to USAC’s ACP administrative systems; (2) household eligibility and related verification, certification and subscriber usage requirements; (3) ACP discount-eligible broadband services and devices; (4) provider benefit reimbursement processes (utilizing USAC’s Lifeline Claims System); (5) consumer protections and complaint processes; (6) FCC outreach and inter-agency and provider collaboration efforts to ensure ACP awareness; and (7) program assurance and data tracking requirements.  On January 21, 2022 the Commission also issued a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on a congressionally-authorized ACP outreach partner grant program through April 15, 2022.  

For ACP consumer information, visit: http://www.fcc.gov/acp.

The January 21, 2022 Report and Order and FNPRM  may be found here.


Learn About the Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more.

Information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit can be found here.

IGA Spotlight Archive

 

2018

2018 Webinars

Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Announces Emergency Alerting Webinar on July 25

July 25, 2018 Public Notice

Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts Webinar for State and Local Government Officials

Thursday, June 21, 2018
Washington, DC
For more information.
PowerPoint Presentation

An Introduction to the Mobility Fund II Challenge Process for State, Local and Tribal Governments

Wednesday, May 3, 2018
Washington, DC

2017

2017 Webinars

Wireless Infrastructure Deployment Webinar for State and Local Government

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Washington, DC
For more information.

Infrastructure Deployment Webinar for State & Local Governments

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Washington, DC
For more information.

Advisory Committee

The Intergovernmental Advisory Committee is composed of officials from municipal, county, state and tribal governments who provide guidance to the FCC on a broad range of issues.

More on committee activities

Request a Speaker

Are you having an event, meeting, webinar or other activity related to FCC Issues?  Send us an email and our team will be in touch with you to provide a speaker that meets your needs.

Submit a Request

Contact Us

State and local government officials and their staff can reach us via email at: IGA@fcc.gov

 

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Monday, September 20, 2021