July 17, 2018
Partner John Heitmann
was mentioned in the Law360
article, “Tribe Asks DC Circ. To Halt FCC Lifeline Subsidy Changes.” The FCC’s Lifeline program has subsidized telecommunications access for low-income Americans since 1985. A vote in November 2017 called for a narrowing of Lifeline services and a tightening of eligibility requirements, especially for tribal lands. The Crow Creek Sioux tribe of South Dakota recently asked the D.C. Circuit to stay the decision, contending that the FCC’s move will cause “low-income tribal consumers [to] lose essential mobile voice and broadband services.” The National Lifeline Association affirmed that this FCC act could “strip two-thirds of tribal members of voice and broadband services.”
The National Lifeline Association is represented by John.
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