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California Conditionally Permitted to Opt Out of National Lifeline DatabasePosted on March 5, 2013
The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) has conditionally granted a request by the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) to opt out of the National Lifeline Accountability Database established to eliminate existing duplicative Lifeline support and prevent future duplicative support. The grant is conditioned on the CPUC’s deployment of a third party identity verification service, which the Bureau has found to be comprehensive and robust as the FCC’s processes and capable of detecting and eliminating duplicative Lifeline support. The CPUC will be require to file with the Bureau a description of how it will meet this condition by June 1, 2013, come into compliance by August 1, 2013, and confirm to the Bureau by August 10, 2013 that the process satisfying the condition is in place and operational. Several other states have similarly requested to opt out, and Vermont’s request was recently granted.
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