WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU SEEKS COMMENT ON A REQUEST BY MiCTA FOR WAIVER OF THE RURAL HEALTH CARE PROGRAM RULES
Federal Communications Commission
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Release Date: February 18, 2011
WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU SEEKS COMMENT ON A REQUEST BY MiCTA FOR
WAIVER OF THE RURAL HEALTH CARE PROGRAM RULES
WC Docket No. 02-60
Comment Date: March 21, 2011
Reply Comment Date: April 4, 2011
care program rules. Specifically, MiCTA requests a waiver of 47 C.F.R. 54.603 to allow program
participants to use state master contracts.1 MiCTA also requests a waiver of 47 C.F.R. 54.601(c) to
allow eligible participants to seek support under the rural health care program for any of the services on
the universal service schools and libraries program Eligible Services List ("ESL").2
Interested parties may file comments on or before
March 21, 2011, and reply comments on or
April 4, 2011. All pleadings are to reference
WC Docket No. 02-60.Comments may be filed
using the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) or by filing paper copies.3
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 four copies 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, D.C. 20554. All hand
deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes must be disposed of
before entering the building. The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Commercial overnight mail
(other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must be sent to 9300 East Hampton
1 Letter from Gary L. Green, MiCTA, to Sharon Gillett, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal
Communications Commission, WC Docket No. 02-60 (filed January 18, 2011) (MiCTA Letter). See USAC,
Schools and Libraries, Step 4: Contract Guidance, http://www.usac.org/sl/applicants/step04/contract-guidance.aspx
(last visited February 15, 2011) (describing the use of state master contracts in the universal service schools and
2 MiCTA Letter at 1. The schools and libraries program ESL is available at http://www.usac.org/sl/tools/eligible-
services-list.aspx (last visited February 15, 2011).
3 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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In addition, one copy of each pleading must be sent to each of the following:(1) The Commission's duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., 445 12th Street, S.W., Room
CY-B402, Washington, D.C. 20554, www.bcpiweb.com; phone: (202) 488-5300 fax: (202) 488-
(2) Jamie Susskind, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445
12th Street, S.W., Room 5-B418, Washington, D.C. 20554; e-mail: Jamie.Susskind@fcc.gov; and
(3) 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.
Filings and comments are also available for public inspection and copying during regular
business hours at the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-
A257, Washington, D.C. 20554. They may also be purchased from the Commission's duplicating
contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., Portals II, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-B402, Washington,
D.C. 20554, telephone: (202) 488-5300, fax: (202) 488-5563, or via e-mail www.bcpiweb.com.
This matter shall be treated as a "permit-but-disclose" proceeding in accordance with the
Commission's ex parte rules.4 Persons making oral ex parte presentations are reminded that memoranda
summarizing the presentations must contain summaries of the substance of the presentation and not
merely a listing of the subjects discussed. More than a one or two sentence description of the views and
arguments presented generally is required.5 Other rules pertaining to oral and written ex parte
presentations in permit-but-disclose proceedings are set forth in section 1.1206(b) of the Commission's
For further information, please contact Jamie Susskind, Telecommunications Access Policy
Division, Wireline Competition Bureau at (202) 418-7400 or TTY (202) 418-0484.
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4 47 C.F.R. 1.1200 et seq.
5 See 47 C.F.R. 1.1206(b)(2).
6 47 C.F.R. 1.1206(b).
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