12 States Challenge FCC's Lifeline Change At DC Circ.

Law360, Washington (July 1, 2016, 5:10 PM EDT) -- A dozen states urged the D.C. Circuit on Thursday to nix a move by the Federal Communications Commission to create a federal process to designate telecom companies as eligible to provide Lifeline broadband services, saying it preempts authority given by Congress to the states alone.

With Wisconsin leading, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah and utility commissions in Connecticut, Mississippi and Vermont said the court should toss the eligibility change in the FCC's order that expanded Lifeline to include broadband. The FCC voted along party lines to add broadband to Lifeline in March and make several other changes...

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