Comment Sought on Waiver Request Regarding Reduction in Rates for VOIP
Federal Communications Commission
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Released: July 15, 2014
WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU SEEKS COMMENT
ON PETITION FOR WAIVER OF SECTION 51.913(a) REGARDING REDUCTIONS IN
INTERCARRIER COMPENSATION RATES FOR ORIGINATING INTRASTATE TOLL
VOICE OVER INTERNET PROTOCOL TRAFFIC
WC Docket Nos. 03-109, 05-337, 07-135, 10-90; CC Docket Nos. 01-92, 96-45; GN Docket No. 09-51;
WT Docket No. 10-208
Comment Date: August 4, 2014
Reply Comment Date: August 14, 2014
The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition for waiver filed by NTCA-The
Rural Broadband Association, the National Exchange Carrier Association, ITTA, the Eastern Rural
Telecom Association, WTA-Advocates for Rural Broadband, Frontier Communications Corporation, and
Windstream Communications, Inc. (collectively, “Petitioners”) on July 7, 2014.1
Petitioners request that
the Commission waive application of section 51.913(a) of the Commission’s rules and “thereby pause,
effective June 30, 2014, any reductions in intercarrier compensation (‘ICC’) rates for originating
intrastate toll Voice over Internet Protocol (‘VoIP’) traffic until full implementation of the Connect
America Fund (‘CAF’) Phase II mechanism, in the case of price cap carriers, or a tailored CAF
mechanism for rural, rate-of-return regulated carriers (‘RLECs’), respectively.”2 Petitioners further state
that although “such rate reductions were effective on July 1, 2014…the applicable rates should be
restored to their levels as of June 30, 2014 as soon as possible and remain at such levels until after the
implementation of CAF Phase II and an RLEC CAF, respectively.”3
1 Emergency Petition for Waiver of NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, the National Exchange Carrier
Association, ITTA, the Eastern Rural Telecom Association, WTA-Advocates for Rural Broadband, Frontier
Communications Corporation, and Windstream Communications, Inc., WC Docket Nos. 03-109, 05-337, 07-135,
10-90; CC Docket Nos. 01-92, 96-45; GN Docket No. 09-51; WT Docket No. 10-208 (filed July 7, 2014) (Petition),
2 Petition at 2 (citations omitted). See 47 C.F.R. § 51.913(a).
3 Petition at 2. See Connect America Fund et al., WC Docket No. 10-90 et al., Report and Order and Further Notice
of Proposed Rulemaking, 26 FCC Rcd 17663 (2011) (USF/ICC Transformation Order), pets. for review denied sub
nom., FCC 11-161, --- F.3d ----, 2014 WL 2142106 (10th Cir. May 23, 2014).
Pursuant to section 1.419 of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. § 1.419, interested parties may
file comments and reply comments on or before the dates indicated above. Comments may be filed by
paper copies or by using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS).4
Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the
Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each
filing. Because more than one docket number appears in the caption of this proceeding, filers
must submit two additional copies for each additional docket number. Filings can be sent by
hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-class or overnight U.S.
Postal Service mail. All filings must be addressed to the Commission’s Secretary, Office of the
Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.
All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission’s Secretary
must be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St., SW, Room TW-A325,
Washington, DC 20554. The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All hand deliveries
must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes and boxes must be
disposed of before entering the building.
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Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).
The proceeding this Notice initiates shall be treated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in
accordance with the Commission’s ex parte rules.5 Persons making ex parte presentations must file a
copy of any written presentation or a memorandum summarizing any oral presentation within two
business days after the presentation (unless a different deadline applicable to the Sunshine period applies).
Persons making oral ex parte presentations are reminded that memoranda summarizing the presentation
must (1) list all persons attending or otherwise participating in the meeting at which the ex parte
presentation was made, and (2) summarize all data presented and arguments made during the
presentation. If the presentation consisted in whole or in part of the presentation of data or arguments
already reflected in the presenter’s written comments, memoranda or other filings in the proceeding, the
presenter may provide citations to such data or arguments in his or her prior comments, memoranda, or
other filings (specifying the relevant page and/or paragraph numbers where such data or arguments can be
found) in lieu of summarizing them in the memorandum. Documents shown or given to Commission
staff during ex parte meetings are deemed to be written ex parte presentations and must be filed
consistent with rule 1.1206(b). In proceedings governed by rule 1.49(f) or for which the Commission has
made available a method of electronic filing, written ex parte presentations and memoranda summarizing
4 See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, 63 FR 24121 (1998).
5 47 C.F.R §§ 1.1200 et seq.
oral ex parte presentations, and all attachments thereto, must be filed through the electronic comment
filing system available for that proceeding, and must be filed in their native format (e.g., .doc, .xml, .ppt,
searchable .pdf). Participants in this proceeding should familiarize themselves with the Commission’s ex
For further information, please contact Robin Cohn, Pricing Policy Division, Wireline
Competition Bureau, at (202) 418-2747 or Robin.Cohn@fcc.gov.
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