FCC To Nix Federal Lifeline Approval Process, Pai Says

Law360, Washington (March 29, 2017, 8:20 PM EDT) -- The Federal Communications Commission will move to eliminate a streamlined federal approval process instituted by the last administration for companies seeking to provide new Lifeline broadband service for low-income households, and will not defend against a legal challenge to it, Chairman Ajit Pai said Wednesday.

The chairman said broadband should be part of Lifeline, but that only states — not the commission — have the authority to designate companies as Lifeline providers, and that pending provider applications should be denied. Pai stirred controversy shortly after becoming...
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