WTA Supports NTCA Lifeline Petition

On August 30, WTA filed comments in support of NTCA’s petition requesting a temporary waiver of the Lifeline minimum service standard applicable to fixed, wireline broadband Internet access service. WTA agrees with NTCA’s argument that good cause exists under Section 1.3 of the Commission’s rules because an increase in the minimum service standard to 20 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload would result in an increase in cost for Lifeline customers, reversing previous broadband adoption gains and running counter to the goals of the Lifeline program.