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WTB seeks comment on waiver of USF support methodology rule

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Released: April 12, 2012


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DA 12-577
Released: April 12, 2012



WC Docket No. 10-90

WT Docket No. 10-208

Comment Date: May 14, 2012
Reply Comment Date: May 29, 2012

The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Windy City
Cellular, LLC (“WCC”) for waiver of Section 54.307(e) of the Commission’s Universal Service Fund
(“USF”) Rules.1 Section 54.307(e) establishes a methodology for determining USF support for
competitive eligible telecommunications carriers from January 1, 2012.2
Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission’s rules, 47 CFR §§ 1.415, 1.419,
interested parties may file comments and reply comments on or before the dates indicated above.
Comments may be filed using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS). See
Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings
, 63 FR 24121 (1998).
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
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.

1 Petition for Waiver of Windy City Cellular, LLC, WC Docket No. 10-90 et al. (filed April 3, 2012); see also
Connect America Fund et al.
, WC Docket No. 10-90 et al., Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking, 26 FCC Rcd 17,663 (rel. Nov. 18, 2011). Certain information included in WCC’s petition was filed
pursuant to the Protective Order in this proceeding. Connect America Fund et al., WC Docket No. 10-90 et al.,
Protective Order, 25 FCC Rcd 13160 (Wireline Comp. Bur. 2010).
2 47 C.F.R. § 54.307(e).

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 or call the Consumer &
Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).

Additional Copy.

In addition, one copy should be sent to Sue McNeil, Special Counsel, Auctions and
Spectrum Access Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, email:

Ex Parte Rules.

This matter shall be treated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in accordance with
the Commission’s ex parte rules.3 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.4 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 Sue McNeil, Auctions and Spectrum Access Division,
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at (202) 418-0660.

3 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.
4 See 47 C.F.R. § 1.2106(b)(2).
5 47 C.F.R. § 1.1206(b).

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