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       2010 Legislature                                   CS for SB 814
    2         An act relating to Lifeline telecommunications
    3         service; amending s. 364.10, F.S.; authorizing any
    4         commercial mobile radio service provider designated as
    5         an eligible telecommunications carrier to offer
    6         Lifeline services; authorizing the Department of
    7         Children and Family Services, the Department of
    8         Education, the Public Service Commission, and the
    9         Office of Public Counsel to exchange certain
   10         information with eligible telecommunications carriers
   11         and certain commercial mobile radio service providers
   12         so the carriers and providers can identify and enroll
   13         an eligible person in the Lifeline and Link-Up
   14         programs; maintaining confidentiality of the
   15         information; requiring that the commission, the
   16         Department of Children and Family Services, the Office
   17         of Public Counsel, and each eligible
   18         telecommunications carrier convene a Lifeline
   19         Workgroup by a specified date; providing an effective
   20         date.
   22  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   24         Section 1. Paragraphs (a) and (h) of subsection (3) of
   25  section 364.10, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
   26         364.10 Undue advantage to person or locality prohibited;
   27  Lifeline service.—
   28         (3)(a) Each local exchange telecommunications company that
   29  has more than 1 million access lines and that is designated as
   30  an eligible telecommunications carrier shall, and any commercial
   31  mobile radio service provider designated as an eligible
   32  telecommunications carrier pursuant to 47 U.S.C. s. 214(e) may,
   33  upon filing a notice of election to do so with the commission,
   34  provide Lifeline service to any otherwise eligible customer or
   35  potential customer who meets an income eligibility test at 150
   36  percent or less of the federal poverty income guidelines for
   37  Lifeline customers. Such a test for eligibility must augment,
   38  rather than replace, the eligibility standards established by
   39  federal law and based on participation in certain low-income
   40  assistance programs. Each intrastate interexchange
   41  telecommunications company shall file or publish a schedule
   42  providing at a minimum the intrastate interexchange
   43  telecommunications carrier’s current Lifeline benefits and
   44  exemptions to Lifeline customers who meet the income eligibility
   45  test set forth in this subsection. The Office of Public Counsel
   46  shall certify and maintain claims submitted by a customer for
   47  eligibility under the income test authorized by this subsection.
   48         (h)1. By December 31, 2010 2007, each state agency that
   49  provides benefits to persons eligible for Lifeline service shall
   50  undertake, in cooperation with the Department of Children and
   51  Family Services, the Department of Education, the commission,
   52  the Office of Public Counsel, and telecommunications companies
   53  designated eligible telecommunications carriers providing
   54  Lifeline services, the development of procedures to promote
   55  Lifeline participation. The departments, the commission, and the
   56  Office of Public Counsel may exchange sufficient information
   57  with the appropriate eligible telecommunications carriers and
   58  any commercial mobile radio service provider electing to provide
   59  Lifeline service under paragraph (a), such as a person’s name,
   60  date of birth, service address, and telephone number, so that
   61  the carriers can identify and enroll an eligible person in the
   62  Lifeline and Link-Up programs. The information remains
   63  confidential pursuant to s. 364.107 and may only be used for
   64  purposes of determining eligibility and enrollment in the
   65  Lifeline and Link-Up programs.
   66         2. If any state agency determines that a person is eligible
   67  for Lifeline services, the agency shall immediately forward the
   68  information to the commission to ensure that the person is
   69  automatically enrolled in the program with the appropriate
   70  eligible telecommunications carrier. The state agency shall
   71  include an option for an eligible customer to choose not to
   72  subscribe to the Lifeline service. The Public Service Commission
   73  and the Department of Children and Family Services shall, no
   74  later than December 31, 2007, adopt rules creating procedures to
   75  automatically enroll eligible customers in Lifeline service.
   76         3. By December 31, 2010, the commission, the Department of
   77  Children and Family Services, and the Office of Public Counsel,
   78  and each eligible telecommunications carrier offering Lifeline
   79  and Link-Up services shall convene a Lifeline Workgroup to
   80  discuss how the eligible subscriber information in subparagraph
   81  1. will be shared, the obligations of each party with respect to
   82  the use of that information, and the procedures to be
   83  implemented to increase enrollment and verify eligibility in
   84  these programs shall enter into a memorandum of understanding
   85  establishing the respective duties of the commission, the
   86  department, and the public counsel with respect to the automatic
   87  enrollment procedures no later than December 31, 2007.
   88         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2010.

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