Lifeline

Lifeline National Verifier

USAC submitted an updated National Verifier Plan to the FCC on January 19, 2017. Please share your questions and feedback and follow the National's Verifier's progress on our blog.

The FCC's 2016 Lifeline Modernization Order directed USAC to develop a National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier (National Verifier) to determine all subscriber eligibility, starting in 2017.

The National Verifier will determine initial subscriber eligibility, conduct annual recertification, populate the Lifeline Eligibility Database (all subscribers deemed eligible for the Lifeline Program), and calculate support payments.

The National Verifier will use both electronic and manual methods to process eligibility determinations. The National Verifier will be deployed in all states and territories by the end of 2019.

How This Impacts Your Company
How this Impacts Your State
  • Continue following the existing eligibility verification processes until the National Verifier is deployed in that state.
  • The obligation of determining eligibility of your subscribers will shift from service providers to the National Verifier upon deployment in each state.
  • Once the National Verifier is deployed, it will handle the annual recertification process and replace the FCC Form 497.
  • USAC is seeking input from service providers to ensure the system is intuitive and results in a low-burden, high-integrity environment. Contact us to participate.
  • In many states, there are processes or databases that enable eligibility verification, and the National Verifier aims to leverage these existing systems.
  • USAC is consulting with states and state administrators to implement the National Verifier in the most effective and efficient manner possible.