UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND - High-Cost
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th St., S.W.
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Washington, D.C. 20554
Released: April 11, 2013
WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU SEEKS COMMENT ON THE
ALASKA COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS
PETITION FOR WAIVER OF CERTAIN HIGH-COST UNIVERSAL SERVICE RULES
WC Docket No. 10-90
WC Docket No. 05-337
Comment Date: May 13, 2013
Reply Comment Date: May 28, 2013
Systems (ACS)1 for waiver of section 54.313(c) of the Commission’s rules. Section 54.313(c) outlines the
requirements for price cap recipients of frozen high-cost universal service support to certify annually that
a percentage of the frozen high-cost support received in a given year was used to build and operate
broadband-capable networks used to offer the provider’s own retail broadband service in areas
substantially unserved by an unsubsidized competitor.2 In the USF/ICC Transformation Order, the
Commission froze all support under then-existing high-cost support mechanisms for price cap carriers and
their rate-of-return affiliates equal to the amount of support each carrier received in 2011.3 In its petition,
ACS specifically seeks waiver of section 54.313(c) in either of two ways: First, ACS seeks a waiver to
exclude from the repurposing requirement those portions of their frozen high-cost support derived from
Interstate Common Line Support (ICLS) and Local Switching Support (LSS), and to allow ACS
flexibility to spend the remaining portion of frozen high-cost loop support, HCLS, in any of the service
areas of the ACS ILECs, provided the support is used to build and operate broadband-capable networks in
areas substantially unserved by an unsubsidized competitor. In the alternative, ACS requests waiver of the
requirement that frozen high-cost support be demonstrably used in areas substantially unserved by an
1 Alaska Communications Systems Petition for Waiver, WC Docket Nos. 10-90 and 05-337 (filed Apr. 9, 2013)
2 Petition at 1; 47 C.F.R. § 54.313 (c).
3 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, 17715, para. 133, 17722-23, paras. 149-50 (2011) (USF/ICC Transformation
Order), pets. for review pending sub nom. In re: FCC 11-161, No. 11-9900 (10th Cir. filed Dec. 18, 2011).
4 Petition at 2.
Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission’s rules, interested parties may file
comments on or before the dates indicated above.5 Comments may be filed using the Commission’s
Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS).6
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. If more than one docket or rulemaking number appears in the caption of this proceeding,
filers must submit two additional copies for each additional docket or rulemaking 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.
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 email@example.com or call the
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (tty).
In addition, one copy of each pleading must be sent to each of the following:
(1) Abdel Eqab, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th
Street, S.W., Room 5-B431, Washington, D.C. 20554; e-mail: Abdel-Hamid.Eqab@fcc.gov; and
(2) Charles Tyler, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th
Street, S.W., Room 5-A452, Washington, D.C. 20554; e-mail: Charles.Tyler@fcc.gov.
The proceeding this Notice initiates shall be treated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in
accordance with the Commission’s ex parte rules.7 Persons making ex parte presentations must file a
copy of any written presentation or a memorandum summarizing any oral presentation within two
5 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.415, 1.419.
6 See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, GC Docket No. 97-113, Report and Order, 13
FCC Rcd 11322 (1998).
7 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.
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
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 Abdel Eqab, Telecommunications Access Policy Division,
Wireline Competition Bureau at (202) 418-7400 or TTY (202) 418-0484.
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