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§ 54.403 Lifeline support amount.
(a) The federal Lifeline support amount for all eligible
telecommunications carriers shall equal:
(1) Basic support amount. Federal Lifeline support in the amount of
$9.25 per month will be made available to an eligible
telecommunications carrier providing Lifeline service to a qualifying
low-income consumer, except as provided in paragraph (a)(2) of this
section, if that carrier certifies to the Administrator that it will
pass through the full amount of support to the qualifying low-income
consumer and that it has received any non-federal regulatory approvals
necessary to implement the rate reduction.
(2) For a Lifeline provider offering either standalone voice service,
subject to the minimum service standards set forth in § 54.408, or voice
service with broadband below the minimum standards set forth in
§ 54.408, the support levels will be as follows:
(i) Until December 1, 2019, the support amount will be $9.25 per month.
(ii) From December 1, 2019 until November 30, 2020, the support amount
will be $7.25 per month.
(iii) From December 1, 2020 until November 30, 2021, the support amount
will be $5.25 per month.
(iv) On December 1, 2021, standalone voice service, or voice service
not bundled with broadband which meets the minimum standards set forth
in § 54.408, will not be eligible for Lifeline support unless the
Commission has previously determined otherwise.
(v) Notwithstanding paragraph (a)(2)(iv) of this section, on December
1, 2021, the support amount for standalone voice service, or voice
service not bundled with broadband which meets the minimum standards
set forth in § 54.408, provided by a provider that is the only Lifeline
provider in a Census block will be the support amount specified in
paragraph (a)(2)(iii) of this section.
(3) Tribal lands support amount. Additional federal Lifeline support of
up to $25 per month will be made available to a eligible
telecommunications carrier providing facilities-based Lifeline service
to an eligible resident of Tribal lands, as defined in § 54.400(e), if
the subscriber's residential location is rural, as defined in
§ 54.505(b)(3)(i) and (ii), and the eligible telecommunications carrier
certifies to the Administrator that it will pass through the full
Tribal lands support amount to the qualifying eligible resident of
Tribal lands and that it has received any non-federal regulatory
approvals necessary to implement the required rate reduction.
(b) Application of Lifeline discount amount. (1) Eligible
telecommunications carriers that charge Federal End User Common Line
charges or equivalent Federal charges must apply Federal Lifeline
support to waive the Federal End User Common Line charges for Lifeline
subscribers if the carrier is seeking Lifeline reimbursement for
eligible voice telephony service provided to those subscribers. Such
carriers must apply any additional Federal support amount to a
qualifying low-income consumer's intrastate rate, if the carrier has
received the non-Federal regulatory approvals necessary to implement
the required rate reduction. Other eligible telecommunications carriers
must apply the Federal Lifeline support amount, plus any additional
support amount, to reduce the cost of any generally available
residential service plan or package offered by such carriers that
provides at least one service commensurate with the requirements
outlined in § 54.408, and charge Lifeline subscribers the resulting
[ 77 FR 12967 , Mar. 2, 2012, as amended at 81 FR 33090 , May 24, 2016; 83 FR 2084 , Jan. 16, 2018; 86 FR 1021 , Jan. 7, 2021]
Effective Date Note: At 83 FR 2084 , Jan. 16, 2018, § 54.403(a)(3) was
revised. This paragraph contains information collection and
recordkeeping requirements and will not become effective until approval
has been given by the Office of Management and Budget.
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