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Released: February 5, 2013

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DA 13-156

Released: February 5, 2013

WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU SEEKS ADDITIONAL COMMENT IN CONNECT

AMERICA COST MODEL VIRTUAL WORKSHOP

WC Docket Nos. 10-90, 05-337

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) announced the
commencement of the Connect America Cost Model (CACM) virtual workshop to solicit input and
facilitate discussion on topics related to the development and adoption of the forward-looking cost
model for Connect America Phase II. 1 To date, parties have commented on 18 different topics in the
virtual workshop.
Today, the Bureau seeks public input on additional questions relating to modeling voice
capability and Annual Charge Factors (ACFs). The follow-up questions, which appear in the
comment sections of the “Voice Capability” and “Determining the Annualized Cost of Capital
Investments” topics, ask:
·
Is it reasonable to model voice capability based on a per subscriber basis? Are
there any alternative ways to model the cost?
·
Are the specific inputs that CACM version two uses for the cost of voice capability
reasonable? If proposing an alternative method, what specific sources and values
should be used?
·
Is the specific approach in CACM version two of calculating ACFs by taking into
account the economic life of the assets using Gompertz-Makeham curves
reasonable?
·
Are the ACFs used in CACM version two reasonable?
Commenters should address these new questions focusing specifically on CACM version
two.2 Responses should be submitted in the virtual workshop no later than

March 7, 2013.

The Bureau may continue to add discussion topics or follow-up questions, which will be
announced by Public Notice. Parties can participate in the virtual workshop by visiting the Connect
America Fund webpage, http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/connecting-america, and following the
link to the virtual workshop.
The virtual workshop will take place over a period of weeks sufficient to allow public input
on all material issues. Discussion of additional topics or follow-up questions may start and end at
specific times that will be announced in advance. Comments from the virtual workshop will be
included in the official public record of this proceeding. The Bureau will not rely on anonymous


1 Wireline Competition Bureau Announces Commencement of Connect America Phase II Cost Model Virtual
Workshop
, WC Docket Nos. 10-90, 05-337, Public Notice, 27 FCC Rcd 11977 (Wireline Comp. Bur. 2012).
See also Wireline Competition Bureau Announces Connect America Phase II Cost Model Virtual Workshop,
WC Docket Nos. 10-90, 05-337, Public Notice, 27 FCC Rcd 11056 (Wireline Comp. Bur. 2012).
2 On January 17, 2013, the Bureau announced the release of CACM version two. See 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).

comments posted during the workshop in reaching decisions regarding the model. Participants
should be aware that identifying information from parties that post material in the virtual workshop
will be publicly available for inspection upon request, even though such information may not be
posted in the workshop forums.
Reasonable accommodations, including materials in accessible formats (Braille, large print,
electronic files, and audio format) for people with disabilities are available upon request. Please
include a description of the accommodation you will need, and tell us how to contact you if we need
more information. Please make your request as early as possible. Last minute requests will be
accepted but may be impossible to fill. Accommodation requests should be directed to Kelly Jones,
at Kelly.Jones@fcc.gov, 202-418-7078 (voice), 202-418-1169 (TTY), or 845-474-0054 (video).
For further information, please contact Katie King, 202-418-7491, Katie.King@fcc.gov or
Ted Burmeister, 202-418-7389, Theodore.Burmeister@fcc.gov.

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