February 23, 2021
Partner John Heitmann
was quoted in the Communications Daily
article "DC Circuit Denies NaLA Writ of Mandamus on MSS."
The article discusses the recent decision by the DC Circuit court in the ongoing case of the National Lifeline Association (NaLA) vs the FCC, over the November 16 Lifeline minimum service standard order from the Wireline Bureau.
In the most recent ruling, the DC Circuit court denied NaLA, who Heitmann represents, a writ of mandamus in the case. The decision was disappointing, said Heitmann, but NaLA is "optimistic that the FCC, under new leadership and with a renewed focus on ensuring affordable access to broadband services for Lifeline-eligible subscribers, will finally address the problems created by an [MSS] rule and formula that fails to consider affordability."
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