FCC Lifeline Broadband

Ethan Chiel filed this request with the Federal Communications Commission of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2017-334
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Completed

Communications

From: Ethan Chiel

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

1) Copies of all complaints received by the FCC concerning broadband subsidies offered through the Lifeline program.

2) Copies of all complaints received by the FCC concerning the following companies: Spot On Networks LLC (Spot On), Boomerang Wireless LLC (Boomerang), KonaTel Inc. (KonaTel), STS Media, Inc. (FreedomPop), Applied Research Designs, Inc. (AR Designs), Kajeet Inc. (Kajeet), Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico, LLC (Liberty), Northland Cable Television, Inc. (Northland Cable), and Wabash Independent Networks, Inc. (WIN).

3) Copies of all complaints received by the FCC concerning any company now or previously designated a Lifeline Broadband Provider by the FCC.

4) Any records, communications, data, analysis, or other documents regarding the FCC's decision to revoke Lifeline Broadband Provider (LBP) status from the companies enumerated in item two of this list, as reported on February 3 (see here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/02/03/the-fcc-is-stopping-9-companies-from-providing-subsidized-broadband-to-the-poor/?utm_term=.faa86ebe7644).

Please limit the scope of this search from January 2016 to present.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ethan Chiel

From: foia@regulations.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d281154a42)
* Tracking Number: FCC-2017-000334
* Requester Name: Ethan Chiel
* Date Submitted: 02/08/2017
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: To Whom It May Concern: This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records: 1) Copies of all complaints received by the FCC concerning broadband subsidies offered through the Lifeline program. 2) Copies of all complaints received by the FCC concerning the following companies: Spot

From: Arthur Scrutchins

Dear Mr. Chiel:

A response to your FOIA request dated February 8, 2017, for complaints concerning broadband subsidies offered through the Lifeline program and complaints against various companies is due on March 9, 2017. However, because of the need to consult with several offices within the Commission, we are extending the time for responding to your FOIA request by 10 business days, so that a response is now due March 23, 2017. See 47 CFR 0.461(g)(1)(iii). We appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at the number below and leave a number where you can be reached.

Sincerely,
/s/
Arthur D. Scrutchins
Attorney-Advisor
Consumer Policy Division
CGB/FCC
202-418-2184

From: Arthur Scrutchins

Dear Mr. Chiel:

Regarding the above request, we will need additional time to complete our response. Please give me call at your earliest convenience so we can discuss the timeframe.

Arthur Scrutchins
202-418-2184

From: Arthur Scrutchins

Hi Ethan , it was a pleasure speaking with you. This email confirms that the new due date for our response to your request is April 14th. If we are not able to complete our response by the new date, I will contact you. Again thanks for your patience in this matter.

Sincerely,

Arthur Scrutchins
Attorney-Advisor
Consumer Policy Division
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau
FCC
202-418-2184

From: Arthur Scrutchins

Dear Mr. Chiel:

Please give me a call tomorrow. We are still collecting responsive records from several bureaus and will need a little more time. I will be in all day Thursday and Friday. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks in advance for your patience in this matter.

Sincerely,

/s/

Arthur Scrutchins
Attorney-Advisor
Consumer Policy Division
CGB/FCC
202-418-2184

From: Benish Shah

Good Morning Mr. Chiel:

The Federal Communications Commission received the attached request. The Commission does not maintain a unified, searchable correspondence repository, and thus individual staff members search for records responsive to a particular FOIA request. Given that the Commission has approximately 1,700 employees, it is not feasible to ask each employee to search for responsive records. Was there a particular employee or office whose records you were interested in? A listing of Commission offices can be found at https://www.fcc.gov/bureaus-offices.

If the FOIA Office does not hear back from you within 10 business days, we will consider your request withdrawn.
Thanks,

Benish Shah
Office of Managing Director
Federal Communications Commission

From: Arthur Scrutchins

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From: foia@regulations.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d28130aa89)
* Tracking Number: FCC-2017-000631
* Requester Name: Ethan Chiel
* Date Submitted: 05/16/2017
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: Copies of any emails sent by any FCC staff or contractors that include any of the following links: https://twitter.com/ethanchiel/status/833495942389231616; https;//twitter.com/evepeyser/status/833536050312146944; https://twitter.com/Gizmodo/status/833875856657362945

From: Avis Mitchell

Mr. Ethan Chiel,

Attached is correspondence from the Wireline Competition Bureau regarding the Freedom of Information Act request, FCC Control No. 2017-000334. You may contact Jocelyn Frye at Jocelyn.Frye@fcc.gov<mailto:Jocelyn.Frye@fcc.gov> or at (202) 418-0978 if you have questions regarding this matter.

Thank you,

Avis Mitchell

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