Comments Due: April 19, 2021
Reply Comments Due: May 4, 2021

On March 19, 2021, the FCC announced that it seeks comment on the Lifeline Marketplace to inform a June 30, 2021 report on whether the Lifeline program’s transition to support mainly broadband services should be completed.  To obtain information to help prepare that report, the FCC solicits comment on:

  • The prevalence of subscriptions to various service offerings in the Lifeline program,
  • The affordability of both voice and broadband services,
  • The pace since adoption of the 2016 Lifeline Order at which voice and data usage has changed,
  • Minimum service standards, 
  • The net benefits of continuing to support voice service as a standalone option, and
  • The intersection between the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program and the Lifeline marketplace.

Links to the Public Notice:
URL:    https://www.fcc.gov/document/wcb-seeks-comment-state-lifeline-marketplace     
Word:   https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-336A1.docx  
PDF:    https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-336A1.pdf       
Text:    https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-336A1.txt   

For further information about this item, please contact Allison Jones, Attorney-Advisor, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau at (202) 418-1571 or by email at Allison.Jones@fcc.gov.  Individuals who use videophones and are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) may call the FCC’s ASL Consumer Support Line at (844) 432-2275 (videophone).

Updated: 
Tuesday, March 23, 2021