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Released: August 6, 2013

PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission
445 12th St., S.W.

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

Washington, D.C. 20554

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

DA 13-1707

Released: August 6, 2013

WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU ANNOUNCES FILING DEADLINE OF

OCTOBER 15, 2013 FOR ELIGIBLE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CARRIERS

TO FILE HIGH-COST AND LOW-INCOME ANNUAL REPORTS,

AND ANNOUNCES FILING DEADLINE OF DECEMBER 16, 2013 FOR STATES AND ETCS

TO FILE ANNUAL USE CERTIFICATIONS

WC Docket Nos. 1090 and 11-42

In this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) notifies Eligible
Telecommunications Carriers (ETCs), states, and other stakeholders that information required pursuant to
sections 54.313 and 54.422 of the Commission's rules must be filed by

October 15, 2013

, using FCC
Form 481.1 We also announce that certifications required pursuant to section 54.314 of the Commission's
rules must be filed by

December 16, 2013

.2
ETC Annual Reports for High-Cost and Low-Income. On August 5, 2013, the Bureau published
notice in the Federal Register that amendments to section 54.313 of the Commission's rules are now
effective and that the Office of Management and Budget has approved FCC Form 481.3 Annual reports
must be filed using FCC Form 481, which is available at the website of the Universal Service
Administrative Company (USAC).4 Completed reports shall be filed with the Office of the Secretary of
the Commission, as described below and clearly reference WC Docket Nos. 10-90 and/or 11-42 (as
appropriate), with USAC, and with the relevant state commissions, relevant authority in a U.S. Territory,
or Tribal governments, as appropriate.5 USAC will announce webinars providing instructions on
completing FCC Form 481.
For 2013, ETCs that receive high-cost support must complete FCC Form 481 to include the
following: Information pursuant to section 54.313(a)(2) through (a)(6) as it relates to their provision of
voice telephony service in calendar year 2012; their holding company, operating companies, affiliates (as

1 47 C.F.R. 54.313, 54.422. Earlier, the Bureau waived the July 1 filing deadline in section 54.313(j). See
Connect America Fund
, WC Docket No. 10-90, Order, 28 FCC Rcd 8360, 8361, para. 4 (Wireline Comp. Bur.
2013).
2 47 C.F.R. 54.314.
3 78 Fed. Reg. 47211 (August 5, 2013). The Bureau had previously received OMB approval for section 54.422. 77
Fed. Reg. 25609 (May 1, 2012). OMB has approved a non-substantive change to OMB 3060-0819 to add FCC
Form 481 to that information collection.
4 See USAC, High Cost, Forms, available at http://www.usac.org/hc/tools/forms.aspx.
5 47 C.F.R. 54.313(i).

defined under section 3 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the Act), 47 U.S.C. 153(2))
that are also designated as ETCs and/or that provide retail broadband Internet access to end-user
customers), and any branding, pursuant to section 54.313(a)(8) of the Commission's rules; 6 for those
ETCs that serve Tribal lands, a report on Tribal government engagement pursuant to section 54.313(a)(9);
for price cap carriers only, certifications pursuant to section 54.313(c) and (d), as appropriate; for rate-of-
return carriers only, their financial information pursuant to section 54.313(f)(2), as appropriate; and for
those ETCs without access to terrestrial backhaul that are compelled to rely exclusively on satellite
backhaul in their study areas, certifications pursuant to section 54.313(g).
All competitive ETCs that receive high-cost support must file information pursuant to section
54.313(a)(2) through (a)(6) as it relates to their provision of voice telephony service in calendar year
2012; their holding company, operating companies, affiliates (as defined under section 3 of the Act) that
are also designated as ETCs, and any branding, pursuant to section 54.313(a)(8) of the Commission's
rules; and, for those competitive ETCs that serve Tribal lands, a report on Tribal government engagement
pursuant to section 54.313(a)(9). Competitive ETCs designated pursuant to section 214(e)(6) of the Act,7
that have previously filed five-year plans with the Commission, must file an annual update to those plans,
as appropriate, pursuant to section 54.313(a)(1) of the Commission's rules.
Low-Income Reports. In order to receive low-income support, all ETCs must report their holding
company, operating companies, affiliates (as defined under section 3 of the Act) that are also designated
as ETCs, and any branding, pursuant to section 54.422(a)(1) of the Commission's rules; and information
describing the terms and conditions of any voice telephony service plans offered to Lifeline subscribers,
pursuant to section 54.422(a)(2). In order to receive low-income support, ETCs designated pursuant to
section 214(e)(6) of the Act must also file information pursuant to section 54.422(b) of the Commission's
rules.
Annual Use Certifications. Certifications required pursuant to section 54.314 by states, or ETCs
not subject to the jurisdiction of a state, shall be filed by

December 16, 2013

with the Office of the
Secretary of the Commission, as described below and clearly referencing WC Docket No. 10-90, and with
USAC.8 Filers may use the form letters available at www.usac.org.
Instructions for Filing FCC Form 481 with the Commission.
Electronic Filers: Reports may be filed electronically with the Commission using the Internet by
accessing the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS):9
http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/.
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 may appear in the caption of this proceeding, filers
must submit two additional copies for the additional docket number.

6 For ETCs that receive both high-cost and low-income support, this will also satisfy their obligation to report the
same information pursuant to section 54.422(a)(1).
7 47 U.S.C. 214(e)(6).
8 47 C.F.R. 54.314(c).
9 See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, GC Docket No. 97-113, Report and Order, 13
FCC Rcd 11322 (1998).
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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.
Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must
be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.
U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 445 12th Street,
SW, Washington DC 20554.
People with Disabilities: To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities
(braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).
For further information, please contact Alexander Minard, Telecommunications Access Policy
Division, Wireline Competition Bureau at (202) 418-7400 or TTY (202) 418-0484.
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