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 Initial EBB-to-ACP Transition Efforts

The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) has taken its first key steps to transition administration of the expiring Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB Program) to the newly established Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).  The ACP modifies and extends the EBB Program by, among other things, setting out additional consumer protection requirements, modifying the eligibility criteria to be used for the ACP, reducing the standard benefit amount from $50 to $30 per month, imposing a new standard for determining the eligibility of households on Tribal lands to receive the enhanced benefit of up to $75 per month, requiring providers to allow enrolled households to apply the ACP to any of the provider’s Internet service offerings, and setting forth additional requirements for providers regarding the promotion of the program.

On November 18, 2021, the Bureau initiated the transition by issuing a Public Notice seeking comments on requirements for the ACP.  The Bureau took further transitional steps on November 26, 2021 by issuing an order waiving, on its own motion, EBB Program rules requiring the Universal Service Administrative Company (the entity designating to administer the EBB program) to freeze enrollments in the EBB Program upon issuance (by providers) of a required notice to customers announcing the end of the EBB Program (December 31, 2021, as stipulated in the EBB Program).  The Bureau also waived EBB requirements that providers give 15-day and 30-day notices to EBB customers about the Program’s pending cessation.  The Bureau also provided guidance to consumers, service providers, outreach partners and other stakeholders to assist their transitional planning and preparation for the transition to and start of the ACP in advance of the issuance of the Commission’s final rules. 

The Public Notice can be found at:  https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-seeks-comment-new-affordable-connectivity-program.  The Waiver Order can be found at: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-1477A1.pdf.

For consumer information on the Affordable Connectivity Program, visit: http://www.fcc.gov/acp


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

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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