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Released: March 11, 2013
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PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

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Released: March 11, 2013

WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF VERSION

THREE OF THE CONNECT AMERICA FUND PHASE II COST MODEL

WC Docket No. 10-90

Today, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) announces the availability of version

three of the Connect America Cost Model, which allows Commission staff and interested parties to

calculate costs based on a series of inputs and assumptions for Connect America Phase II

implementation.

Connect America Fund Phase II will provide ongoing support for voice services and the

extension of broadband-capable networks to millions of unserved locations using “a combination of

a forward-looking cost model and competitive bidding.”1

On December 11, 2012, the Bureau

announced the release of version one of the Connect America Cost Model, and on January 17, 2013,

the Bureau announced the release of version two of the model.2

Version three of the Connect America Cost Model builds on version two of the model.

While version two incorporated 2010 census boundaries and December 2011 National Broadband

Map data, version three contains additional updates to the model’s demand data. For example,

version three utilizes GeoResults third quarter 2012 data for residential and business locations, with

adjustments to residential location counts to conform to 2011 census data. Geocoded locations for

both residences and businesses are used to the extent available, with locations lacking geocodes

placed randomly along roads. The new version contains a revised network topology to take into

account the updated locations. Version three also provides the capability for the user to identify

census blocks shown in the June 2012 National Broadband Map as unserved by wireline

telecommunications, cable, and fixed wireless providers offering speed levels of 3 Mbps

downstream and 768 kbps upstream.3

Furthermore, this version incorporates updates to the

1 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, 17673, para. 23 (2011) (USF/ICC Transformation Order), pets. for

review pending sub nom. In re: FCC 11-161, No. 11-9900 (10th Cir. filed Dec. 8, 2011).

2 Wireline Competition Bureau Announces Availability of Version One of the Connect America Fund Phase II

Cost Model, WC Docket Nos. 10-90 and 05-337, Public Notice,

27 FCC Rcd 15356

(Wireline Comp. Bur.

2012); Wireline Competition Bureau Announces Availability of Version Two of the Connect America Fund

Phase II Cost Model, WC Docket No. 10-90, Public Notice, 28 FCC Rcd 280 (Wireline Comp. Bur. 2013).

3 This feature enables the user to designate areas that receive a minimum speed of 3 Mbps downstream and

768 kps upstream as a served census block, and areas that receive a speed less than 3 Mbps downstream and

768 kps upstream as an unserved census block. The Bureau notes that this feature is intended only to allow

parties to test the impact on support calculations of various assumptions about the existence of unsubsidized

competitors meeting specified speeds, and does not signify a determination that these areas are or are not

served by an unsubsidized competitor. The Bureau previously has sought public comment on various issues

regarding how to determine which areas are served by an unsubsidized competitor, including specific metrics

for latency, usage and price, which are not captured in the National Broadband Map. See Wireline

Competition Bureau Seeks Further Comment on Issues Regarding Service Obligations for Connect America

Phase II and Determining who is an Unsubsidized Competitor, WC Docket No. 10-90, Public Notice, DA 13-

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TelcoMaster table, which associates a holding company name with each wire center. Finally, this

version allows users to modify how total cost in a census block is unitized and to toggle between

per-subscriber and per-location data in reporting model results.

Parties should follow the same procedures to access version three of the Connect America

Cost Model as previously announced for versions one and two. In particular, parties may access

version three of the cost model at http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/caf-phase-ii-models or

https://cacm.usac.org.4

Additionally, authorized users who have signed the protective order will

have access to a system evaluator package that provides a test environment populated with a sample

database, allowing users to view database structures, observe the processing steps of CACM for a

subset of the country, and see changes in the database.

The Bureau will continue to evaluate the record received in response to the virtual workshop

and various public notices that have been released to date. The Bureau anticipates that the next step

is to adopt an order that addresses the key engineering assumptions and design principles for the cost

model platform.

For further information, please contact Katie King in the Wireline Competition Bureau at

(202) 418-1500, or via e-mail at katie.king@fcc.gov.

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284 (Wireline Comp. Bur. rel. Feb. 26, 2013); Wireline Competition Bureau Seeks Comment on Procedures

Relating to Areas Eligible for Funding and Election to Make a Statewide Commitment in Phase II of the

Connect America Fund, WC Docket No. 10-90, Public Notice,

27 FCC Rcd 15970

(Wireline Comp. Bur.

2012).

4 In order to access any version of the model, parties must execute the relevant acknowledgement of

confidentiality, licensing, and nondisclosure documents released as attachments to a Third Supplemental

Protective Order. See Connect America Fund, WC Docket No. 10-90, Third Supplemental Protective Order,

27 FCC Rcd 15277 (Wireline Comp. Bur. 2012).

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