FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 3, 2018
Advocates Ask FCC to Delay Implementation of Changes to the Tribal Lifeline Program While D.C. Circuit Completes Review
WASHINGTON -- Today, consumer advocates, alongside tribal, civil rights and faith-based groups, voiced their support for efforts by the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, the Oceti Sakowin Tribal Utility Authority, and wireless service providers (Joint Petitioners), to delay implementation of expansive changes to the Tribal Lifeline Program. The groups sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging it to delay rule changes outlined in its Fourth Report and Order (Tribal Order), which would disrupt affordable voice and broadband access for thousands in Indian Country, until the conclusion of a review sought by Joint Petitioners in U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.