Tribe Seeks Reinstatement of Lifeline Customers

The Oglala Sioux Tribe has filed a petition for reconsideration and emergency relief asking the FCC to reinstate cellular and data service to more than 1,700 residents of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The residents’ Lifeline service was shut off by AT&T, Inc., after the residents failed to recertify their eligibility.

Earlier this month, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau granted a prospective waiver of the recertification deadline, allowing an additional 150 days beyond the normal 60 days provided for recertification (TR Daily, March 14). In its petition filed last week in WC docket 11-42, the Oglala Sioux Tribe asked the Commission to amend its partial waiver order so it is retroactive.

Courtesy TRDaily