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Connect America Phase II Challenge Process

Challenges Due: August 14, 2014

On June 30, 2014, the Bureau commenced the Phase II challenge process. Interested parties have until August 14, 2014, to file a challenge arguing that census blocks have been incorrectly classified as served or unserved by an unsubsidized competitor on the initial list of Phase II eligible census blocks. Upon the close of that 45 day period, the Bureau will review the challenges filed and post a list of challenges that make a prima facie case and merit a response. Respondents will have 45 days from the release of that public notice to file a reply. After the close of the response period, the Bureau will review the challenges and responses received and issue a final determination on which census blocks will be treated as served by an unsubsidized competitor.

A Basic Guide to the Challenge Process (Updated 7/31/14) – This Guide provides a basic primer on questions related to the challenge process. It is a recommended first reference for persons with questions related to the challenge process.

Initial List of Phase II Eligible Census Blocks – This file lists all census blocks that were deemed initially eligible for Phase II support.

Initial Map of Phase II Eligible Census Blocks – This map shows what census blocks are eligible for Phase II support, as well as which census blocks are ineligible for support, either due to the census blocks already being served by an unsubsidized competitor, or because the census blocks fall outside the Phase II cost thresholds.

State-Level Data Files – These files show the broadband coverage and speed of service for each state, district, or territory.

FCC Form 505 – All challenges and responses must be filed using FCC Form 505.

FCC Form 505 Instructions – These instructions explain how to use FCC Form 505.

Submit a Filing to ECFS – All filings in the challenge process must be submitted in Docket 14-93. You may file your challenge using ECFS, linked above. As a reminder, parties should also submit a copy of their challenges and accompanying evidence in their native format, either by e-mailing those files to or by delivering the files on storage media to Ryan Yates, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th St SW, Washington, DC 20554.

Challenge Process Orders and Public Notices
Phase II Challenge Process Order
Phase II Service Obligations Order
Phase II Challenge Process Clarification Public Notice
Phase II Challenge Process Commencement Public Notice (6/30/14)


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