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 and various ad hoc special projects.
Lifeline Program Update
The FCC's Lifeline program helps make voice and broadband services more affordable for qualifying low-income consumers by providing a discount on voice and broadband services to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that voice and broadband services bring, including being able to connect to jobs, family and emergency services. Lifeline is part of the Universal Service Fund administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and is available to eligible low-income consumers in every state, territory, commonwealth, and on Tribal lands. USAC's website provides information regarding the administrative aspects of the Lifeline program, as well as program requirements.
The Commission has taken steps to ensure eligible low-income consumers have access to the program by creating a National Verifier to improve program integrity and by implementing gradually increasing minimum service standards. The National Verifier is a centralized database that verifies Lifeline subscriber eligibility, conducts checks to prevent duplicate benefits, recertifies subscriber eligibility, and calculates support payments. As of July 2019, the National Verifier has fully launched in 27 states and territories.
The FCC's Enforcement Bureau maintains a dedicated Lifeline Fraud Tip Line – 1-855-4LL-TIPS (or 1-855-455-8477) – and an email address – Lifelinetips@fcc.gov – to facilitate reporting of possible fraud in the program.
- Lifeline support is available to eligible low-income subscribers in every state, territory, commonwealth, and on Tribal lands. To participate in the program, subscribers must either have an income that is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines or participate in certain assistance programs.
- Currently, interested consumers apply for Lifeline through a Lifeline Program provider in their state or through a designated state agency or through the federal National Eligibility Verifier. To find out if the National Verifier is active in a particular state, consumers can visit checklifeline.org. To locate a Lifeline provider, go to www.lifelinesupport.org, or call USAC's toll-free number (1-888-641-8722). Lifeline applicants will be required to provide certain information to the provider, state agency or through the federal National Eligibility Verifier, when active (depending how subscribers in their state sign up for Lifeline).
- The Lifeline discount on qualifying monthly voice and/or broadband service for eligible subscribers is $9.25 per month, with up to an additional $25 per month for qualifying Tribal subscribers. Supported services must meet the minimum service standards.
New Network Reliability Webpage for State and Local Governments
The reliability and resiliency of communications networks, including 911 calling, are especially critical during disasters and other emergencies, and state and local governments have a role in helping to ensure reliable communications for their communities. Therefore, the Commission's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau has launched a new webpage containing network reliability resources particularly relevant to state and local governments, which provides links to a variety of sites relating to public safety and emergency communications. Here is a link to the new webpage: www.fcc.gov/network-reliability-resources-state-and-local-governments.
For more information contact Guy Benson, FCC Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau Cybersecurity & Communications Reliability Division, firstname.lastname@example.org.
IGA Spotlight Archive
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
For more information.
An Introduction to the Mobility Fund II Challenge Process for State, Local and Tribal Governments
Wednesday, May 3, 2018
Wireless Infrastructure Deployment Webinar for State and Local Government
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
For more information.
Infrastructure Deployment Webinar for State & Local Governments
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
For more information.