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Media Contact: 
Will Wiquist, (202) 418-0509
For Immediate Release
More Than $17 Million to Be Returned to the Universal Service Fund and Appeal Rights to 
More than $100 Million in E-rate Support to Be Surrendered
WASHINGTON, October 17, 2017—The Federal Communications Commission today announced a 
settlement with Verizon for possible violations of the FCC’s competitive bidding rules for the E-rate 
program. Verizon agreed to pay $17.68 million to resolve parallel investigations by the FCC and U.S. 
Department of Justice, $17.325 million of which will be repaid to the Universal Service Fund (USF).  
Verizon has further agreed to withdraw any rights it may have to hundreds of millions of dollars in 
requested and undisbursed E-rate support.
This settlement follows an investigation into Verizon’s involvement with New York City schools’ use of 
the E-rate program.  The Commission’s Enforcement Bureau conducted its investigation in parallel with 
the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Fraud Section and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of 
New York.  In related actions, former New York City Department of Education consultant Willard 
“Ross” Lanham was convicted by a federal jury sitting in the Southern District of New York.  In 
December 2015, the Commission settled a related investigation with the New York City Department of 
The Schools and Libraries Universal Service Program, known as E-rate, subsidizes telecommunications, 
Internet access, and Wi-Fi services for schools and libraries.  E-rate is funded by the Universal Service 
Fund under rules established by the FCC.  The program is designed to bring modern broadband 
connectivity to students, teachers and library patrons.  Program applicants must seek competitive bids 
from prospective service providers and must treat the price-eligible products and services as the primary 
factor when selecting amongst competing service providers.  
To resolve the FCC and Justice Department investigations, Verizon will pay $17.325 million to the 
Universal Service Fund through the FCC settlement and $354,634 to the U.S. Treasury through the 
Justice Department settlement.  In addition, Verizon will surrender any claims against the Universal 
Service Fund it may have to approximately $7,303,668 in undisbursed E-rate support for products and 
services provided to the New York City Department of Education between Funding Years 2002 and 2013.
Furthermore, Verizon will surrender any appeal rights before the Universal Service Administrative 
Company and the FCC in connection with more than $100 million in E-rate support for which the New 
York City Department of Education has withdrawn requests for support through its 2015 settlement with 
the FCC. As part of the FCC’s settlement, Verizon will also operate under a compliance plan for three 
While the Commission adopted the consent decree in May 2017, it has not been released until today in 
order to allow for a global settlement which includes the U.S. Department of Justice.  The Department of 
Justice settlement with Verizon has been submitted to the Court for approval in the Southern District of 
New York today.
A copy of today’s FCC settlement, formally called a Consent Decree and Order, is available at:
Office of Media Relations: (202) 418-0500
ASL Videophone: (844) 432-2275
TTY: (888) 835-5322
Twitter: @FCC
This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action.  Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official
action.  See MCI v. FCC, 515 F.2d 385 (D.C. Cir. 1974)