On January 25, 2021, LLGS filed comments on behalf of the Emergency Broadband Benefit Carriers in WC Docket No. 20-445, urging the FCC to adopt streamlined procedures for carriers seeking to participate in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program created by Congress in the 2021 Appropriations Act. The Carriers requested the Commission to use existing Lifeline procedures to the greatest extent possible, to simplify program compliance, minimize waste, and conserve resources. Defining Tribal lands consistent with the Lifeline rules and the recent designations contained in the recently adopted 5G Fund Order is also essential to extending services to remote Tribal lands. The Carriers also suggested a number of procedures to assist the Commission in its administration of this new program.
A copy of the Carriers’ comments can be found here.