FCC Announces New Measures to Mitigate Fraudulent Enrollment Schemes in Affordable Connectivity Program

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The FCC’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued an advisory warning that some Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) providers and their agents are engaging in fraudulent enrollment schemes by using the same child or dependent to qualify multiple households for simultaneous ACP support.  Thus, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) has announced that it is implementing several measures to mitigate these enrollment issues.  Specifically, the Bureau has directed the Universal Service Administrative Company to: (1) make necessary changes to prevent improper enrollments; (2) continue to conduct integrity reviews of ACP enrollments based on a Benefit Qualifying Person (BQP) to analyze potential waste, fraud, and abuse; and (3) to continue to de-enroll households and institute payment holds associated with improper enrollments.

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