Florida Public Service Commission staff conducted a meeting of the Lifeline Working
Group on January 21, 2015. The purpose of this meeting was for the Lifeline Working
Group to discuss:
The Florida Department of Children and Families Web Services Interface which verifies
participation in the Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Programs. 47 C.F.R. §54.410(c)(1)(i)(A) states: If the eligible
telecommunications carrier can determine a prospective subscriber’s program-based
eligibility for Lifeline by accessing one or more databases containing information
regarding enrollment in qualifying assistance programs (“eligibility databases”),
the eligible telecommunications carrier must access such eligibility databases to
determine whether the prospective subscriber qualifies for Lifeline based on participation
in a qualifying assistance program; Has each ETC obtained access to the DCF portal?
If not, why?
The National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD) – How is it working? What are
the problems? Are you receiving complaints from consumers that NLAD is providing
TDM to IP transition – What will happen to Lifeline? When?
What is the status of Incumbent Local Exchange Company request to FCC to make provision
of Lifeline voluntary? In this proceeding, AT&T suggests that the Commission should
allow incumbent wireline Lifeline providers to choose whether to participate in
the Lifeline program, arguing that wireline telephone companies are no longer the
dominant provider of voice services. (FCC 12-11, ¶ 503)
How will each Florida ETC perform the required 2014 Lifeline customer recertifications?
Will the recertifications be accomplished in person, in writing, by phone, by text
message, by email, or otherwise through the Internet? Did your ETC elect to have
USAC conduct the 2014 annual recertification of your Lifeline customers?
Any other ideas to streamline the Lifeline enrollment process for both the applicant