On December 17, 2019, NTCA met with staff from the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau to discuss Lifeline and Link-Up Reform. NTCA discussed options to implement requirements that ask for the submission of personally identifiable information by employees of NTCA members in connection with the Lifeline Representative Accountability Database. NTCA supports any efforts that address concerns about fraud in the use of universal service resources but asked for some level of differentiated treatment between employees of eligible telecommunications carriers and independent contractors or agents in collection such information.
Bridging the Digital Divide for Low-Income Consumers, WC Docket No. 17-287; Federal-State Joint on Universal Service-Lifeline and Link-Up Reform and Modernization, WC Docket No. 11-42; Telecommunications Carriers Eligible to Receive Universal Service Support, WC Docket No. 09-197