Law360 Quotes Partner John Heitmann on FCC’s Tribal Lifeline Clamp-Down
October 25, 2018
Partner John Heitmann was quoted in Law360 article “FCC Defends Tribal Lifeline Clamp-Down At DC Circ.” The Federal Communications Commission was questioned by a D.C. circuit panel this past Thursday in relation to its recent change to the way it allocates funds for Lifeline services on tribal lands. Lifeline providers as well as residents of tribal areas say they were not given enough opportunity to weigh in on the new rule affecting them, and are concerned that the new enhanced subsidy scheme undermines the intent of the Lifeline program by taking support away from tribal customers in more populated areas.

John, who represents the National Lifeline Association, stated that “The commission failed to do any analysis whatsoever,” and said the new rule cuts out providers that are crucial to maintaining service in tribal areas in the misplaced hopes of bringing in major wireless companies that abandoned efforts to participate in the tribal Lifeline program long ago.

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