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    AIRVOICE WIRELESS SUPPORTS A STAY OR DEFERRAL OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE REVISED LIFELINE “NON-USAGE” RULE

    On behalf of Airvoice Wireless, LLC, LNGS filed an EX PARTE LETTER in the FCC’s Lifeline Modernization rulemaking proceeding, supporting a motion filed by TracFone Wireless, Inc., to stay or defer the effective date of revised Section 54.507(c)(2) of the FCC’s rules, which cuts the period for low-income customers’ de-enrollment from the Lifeline program, due to non-usage of service, from 60 days to 30 days. Airvoice argued that the revised rule will harm consumers who depend on Lifeline service, that it will also impose undue burdens on Lifeline service providers, and that smaller carriers such as Airvoice will find it particularly difficult to meet the increased burdens caused by the revised rule. Airvoice also explained that the revision is unwarranted because there is no evidence it will reduce waste in the Lifeline program or conserve universal service resources.

     

    LNGS Contacts: DAVID LAFURIATODD LANTOR and JOHN CIMKO