DC Circ. Mulls Whether Lifeline Carriers Got Raw Deal

Law360 (October 13, 2020, 11:37 PM EDT) -- The D.C. Circuit was not on board with the Federal Communications Commission's argument on Tuesday that the agency doesn't have to reimburse internet and phone carriers for providing certain subsidized services if those services are not being used.

"That, respectfully counsel, doesn't make sense," U.S. Circuit Judge Harry T. Edwards told the FCC. "That's like saying if we have a rule that says we're just not going to reimburse you, then you lose because we have a rule that says we're just not going to reimburse you."

At the center of the appeal lies how — or whether — carriers who...

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