All eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) must submit and certify their FCC Form 555, the annual Lifeline ETC certification form, by February 1, 2021 (January 31st falls on a Sunday this year), via the Universal Service Administrative Company’s (USAC) E-File system.
Although most states had moved to the Lifeline National Verifier by the end of 2019, if an ETC conducted any recertifications, it is still responsible for reporting the results of such recertification on Form 555. Further, because Form 555 contains required certifications of compliance with Lifeline rules, all ETCs must submit the form even if they did not conduct any recertifications in 2020.
JSI is available to assist you with the Form 555 by filing it through E-File or by guiding you through the process, depending on your needs. If you would like JSI to submit the form in E-File, your company officer or general contact will need to create an account to designate someone at JSI as an Authorized Agent through the USAC website. Form 555 must also be filed at the FCC, applicable state commissions and tribal governments where applicable. JSI can also assist you with these filings.
If you have any questions or you would like JSI’s help with this reporting obligation, please contact Lans Chase in JSI’s Georgia office at 770-569-2105 or Terri DeLong or Cindy Neugebauer in JSI’s Texas office at 512-338-0473.