DC Circ. Rips FCC, Axes Tribal Lifeline Subsidy Limits

Law360 (February 1, 2019, 8:36 PM EST) -- The D.C. Circuit on Friday threw out an FCC order that placed limits on subsidies for wireless resellers and consumers in the Tribal Lifeline phone and internet program, slamming the agency for a lack of evidence supporting the changes and failing to come to grips with their impact on Native Americans.

The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and the National Lifeline Association had sued the FCC in early 2018, claiming the agency wrongly restricted the enhanced Lifeline subsidies available to service providers that maintain their own networks, which excluded the resellers, and to customers living in rural areas only.

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