Tribe Asks DC Circ. To Halt FCC Lifeline Subsidy Changes
Law360 (July 17, 2018, 12:29 PM EDT) -- A Native American tribe has asked the D.C. Circuit to stay a Federal Communications Commission's decision meant to lower the monthly cost of phone and internet for low-income Americans, arguing that the move will instead cut off important subsidies telecommunication providers need to reach rural tribal members.
The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe told the circuit judges on Friday that the agency's order limits which telecommunication providers can be subsidized for providing so-called Lifeline services on tribal land. Lifeline is a federal program that pays telecoms a $9.25 per subscriber subsidy for low-income Americans, an amount that increases up to $25 a month for subscribers on tribal...
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