August 13, 2018
Partner John Heitmann
was mentioned as counsel to the National Lifeline Association in the Law360
article "FCC Lifeline Reform Will Likely Harm Tribes, DC Circ. Says." The D.C. Circuit recently paused parts of the Federal Communications Commission's plan to alter the way it awards and disburses funds for the Lifeline program that helps poor people afford phone and internet service, saying eligibility changes are likely to shut out tribal customers rather than encourage network expansion as the FCC predicted. In doing so, the court validated arguments made by the National Lifeline Association and the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe that the order would foreclose some of the most affordable and accessible service options in hard-to-reach and typically underserved Native American communities.
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