On November 18, 2011, the Commission released the USF/ICC Transformation Order, which comprehensively reforms and modernizes the universal service and intercarrier compensation systems. In the Order, the Commission adopted a framework for providing ongoing support to areas served by price cap carriers, including areas where broadband service is not currently provided, known as Connect America Phase II. Specifically, the Commission will provide ongoing support to these areas through “a combination of a forward-looking cost model and competitive bidding.”
The Wireline Competition Bureau has released working versions of the forward-looking Connect America Cost Model, with each successive version containing refinements and improvements over the prior version. These working versions of the model allow Commission staff and interested parties to calculate costs based on a series of inputs and assumptions for Connect America Phase II implementation.
Version 4.0 of the Connect America Cost Model is now available for review, subject to a protective order.Connect America Cost Model, Version 4.0
For more background on the Connect America Cost Model, see:
- The USF/ICC Transformation Order, particularly sections VII.C.2.c and d, starting on page 65.
- Commission and Wireline Competition Bureau Releases Related to the Connect America Cost Model
- Connect America Cost Model Illustrative Results
A number of outside parties have submitted cost models to the FCC which may be accessed pursuant to the relevant protective order:
Alaska Communications Systems Model
Protective Order Updated: December 4, 2013