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Contribution Methodology & Administrative Filings

Contribution Factor: Telecommunications companies must pay a percentage of their interstate end-user revenues to the Universal Service Fund. This percentage is called the contribution factor. The contribution factor changes four times a year (quarterly) and is increased or decreased depending on the needs of the Universal Service programs. The FCC's Office of the Managing Director manages the quarterly Universal Service Fund (USF) contribution factor process and lists current and past contribution factors on its Contribution Factor & Quarterly Filings Website.

Quarterly Administrative Filings: Quarterly Administrative filings are submitted each quarter to the FCC by the Universal Service Administrator. The quarterly administrative filings contain information about the needs of the Universal Service fund in the upcoming quarter. The FCC uses this information to calculate the contribution factor.

Who Pays for Universal Service?

All telecommunications service providers and certain other providers of telecommunications must contribute to the federal Universal Service Fund (USF) based on a percentage of their interstate and international end-user telecommunications revenues. These companies include wireline phone companies, wireless phone companies, paging service companies and certain Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers.

Some consumers may notice a “Universal Service” line item on their telephone bills. This line item appears when a company chooses to recover its USF contributions directly from its customers by billing them this charge. The FCC does not require this charge to be passed on to customers. Each company makes a business decision about whether and how to assess charges to recover its Universal Service costs. These charges usually appear as a percentage of the consumer’s phone bill. Companies that choose to collect Universal Service fees from their customers cannot collect an amount that exceeds their contribution to the USF. They also cannot collect any fees from a Lifeline program participant.

How Much Do Companies Contribute for Universal Service?

Companies contribute a certain percentage of the amount billed to their residential and business customers for interstate and international calls. The exact percentage that companies contribute (the USF contribution factor) is adjusted every quarter based on projected demand for Universal Service funding. The FCC’s Office of the Managing Director manages the quarterly contribution factor process and lists current and past contribution factors on its Contribution Factor & Quarterly Filings Website.

USAC Quarterly Administrative Filings

Each quarter, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) makes filings with the FCC containing information about the needs of the Universal Service fund in the upcoming quarter. The FCC uses this information to calculate the USF contribution factor. USAC’s quarterly administrative filings may be found in USAC’s website, under FCC Filings.

How do Companies Contribute to Universal Service?

The Communications Act of 1934, as amended, requires that the FCC establish mechanisms to fund universal service (USF), interstate telecommunications relay services (TRS), the administration of the North American Numbering Plan (NANP), and the shared administration costs of local number portability (LNP). To accomplish these congressionally directed objectives, the FCC requires telecommunications carriers and certain other providers of telecommunications (including interconnected VoIP service providers) to report each year on the Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet (FCC Form 499-A) the revenues they receive from offering service. The administrators of each of these programs (USF, TRS, NANP and LNPA) use the revenues reported on the annual Worksheet to calculate and assess any necessary contributions.  The FCC also uses the revenue data reported on this Worksheet to calculate and assess Interstate Telecommunications Service Provider (ITSP) regulatory fees.  With very limited exceptions, all intrastate, interstate, and international providers of telecommunications in the United States must file this Worksheet. In addition to the annual Worksheet, USF contributors are also required to file a quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet (FCC Form 499-Q) which is used to calculate contributions to the USF. Quarterly contributions (based on Form 499-Q filings) are trued-up on an annual basis against the annual report Worksheet (FCC Form 499-A).

Daily Releases

2014

  • 8/12/2014
    Peak Communications, Inc. Order: Emergency Request for Review by Peak Communications, Inc. of a Decision of the Universal Service Administrator and Request for Waiver of Deadline for Filing Revisions to FCC Form 499-Q.
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  • 8/7/2014
    USF Joint Board Contributions Referral Order: FCC requests the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service to provide recommendations on how the Commission should modify the universal service contribution methodology.
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  • 7/30/2014
    ComSouth Order: : Granted request by ComSouth seeking a limited waiver of the conditions of the RICA Declaratory Ruling and Order to allow ComSouth to benefit from the relief granted in that order regarding federal USF contributions.
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  • 7/25/2014
    XO Wholesaler-Reseller Order on Reconsideration: FCC releases Order on Reconsideration granting in part a Petition for Clarification and Partial Reconsideration by XO Communications.
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  • 7/2/2014
    DOW Management Public Notice: Seeks review of portions of an April 29, 2014 audit report of the Universal Service Administrative Company concerning DOW’s calendar year 2011 Universal Service Fund contribution obligations.
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  • 7/2/2014
    Contributions Default Cycle Public Notice: Effective immediately, the default comment cycle will apply to requests for review of USAC contribution decisions, unless extended by WCB by public notice. Comments are due 10 days from filing and replies are due 5 days thereafter.
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  • 6/23/2014
    Peerless Contributions Order: Granted Peerless petition for waiver of 45-day revision deadline for quarterly form required to establish contribution obligations to the universal service fund, and directed USAC to accept the revised form.
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  • 6/23/2014
    American Cyber Contributions Order on Reconsideration: Granted petition for reconsideration, concluding that Inmark, Lotel, and Protel were not required to contribute to the Fund for the time period at issue; dismissed the petition with respect to American Cyber and Coleman Enterprises.
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  • 6/10/2014
    ComSouth Telenet Public Notice: Seeks comment on ComSouth’s request for limited waiver of RICA Declaratory Ruling and Order, and review of a USAC decision that denied ComSouth the relief established for RICA members.
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  • 6/6/2014
    Cablevision Systems Corporation Public Notice: Seeks comment on a March 2014 decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company holding Cablevision responsible for outstanding Universal Service Fund contributions related to the 2003 revenue of Clevand PCS.
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  • 4/8/2014
    CenturyLink Public Notice: Seeks comment on a January 2014 decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company denying CPCI’s request to offset additional contribution obligations resulting from an audit of CPCI’s 2012 FCC Form 499-A.
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  • 3/12/2014
    Coaxial Cable Television Public Notice: Seeks comment on a January 2014 decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company rejecting revisions to Coaxial’s 2011 and 2012 Forms 499-A.
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  • 1/31/2014
    2014 Telecommunications Reporting Worksheets Public Notice: Release of 2014 FCC Forms 499 and accompanying instructions.
    Word PDF 2014 FCC Form 499-A 2014 FCC Form 499-Q
  • 1/31/2014
    Grande Contributions Order: Granted in part Grande’s request for review of a 2009 audit decision of Grande’s 2005, 2006 and 2007 FCC Forms 499-A by the Universal Service Administrative Company.
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2013

  • RICA and Blackfoot Communications, Inc. Order: Granted Rural Independent Competitive Alliance petition for declaratory ruling, and Blackfoot Communications, Inc. request for review of a USAC decision, governing competitive LEC requirements to contribute to the federal universal service fund.
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    11/25/13
  • Morris Communications, Inc. Public Notice: Seeks comment on a August 30, 2013 decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company denying Morris’s request to reverse late payment penalties and interest attributable to unpaid contributions for calendar year 1999.
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    11/18/13
  • American Teleconferencing Services Public Notice: Seeks comment on a August 2013 decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company rejecting American Teleconferencing Services (ATS)’s revised 2012 FCC Form 499-A, which sought to correct a ministerial error.
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    11/5/13
  • EasyLink Services International Corporation Public Notice: Seeks comment on a August 2013 decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company denying EasyLink’s request to reverse its outstanding account balance, and asks the Commission to cancel interest and penalties assessed on EasyLink .
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    11/1/13
  • Deltacom, Inc. Public Notice: Seeks comment on a July 2013 decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company that reclassified Deltacom’s private line revenues originally reported as intrastate as interstate .
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    11/1/13
  • US Link, Inc. Public Notice: Seeks comment on a July 2013 decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company that reclassified private line revenues originally reported as intrastate as interstate .
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    10/30/13
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  • Comment on Proposed Changes to Form 499-A and Q and Accompanying Instructions PN: Seeks comment on proposed revisions to the FCC Form 499-A, FCC Form 499-Q, and accompanying instructions.
    Public Notice: Word Acrobat 10/30/12
    Form 499-A Redline: Acrobat
    Form 499-A Instructions Redline: Acrobat
    Form 499-Q Redline: Acrobat
    Form 499-Q Instructions Redline: Acrobat
     
  • Intelafone Public Notice: Seeks comment on a July 2013 decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company denying Intelafone’s request for a waiver of late filing fees related to Intelafone’s 2010 and 2011 Telecommunications Reporting Worksheets.
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    9/23/13
  • Outfitter Satellite, Inc. Order: Denied in part and granted in part a petition filed by Outfitter Satellite, Inc. seeking waiver of certain Commission rules governing federal universal service fund contributions.
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    9/16/13
  • Assist 123, LLC Order: Denied Assist 123’s request for review and reversal of a decision of the Universal Service Administrative Company upholding late fees assessed for Assist’s untimely filing of two quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheets (FCC Forms 499-Q).
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    9/16/13
  • IVANS, Inc. Public Notice: Seeks comment on request for review of USAC decision rejecting IVANS, Inc.’s 2009-2013 Forms 499-A, and request for declaratory ruling that IVANS’s MPLS- and Frame Relay-based enterprise services are not assessable.
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    8/16/13
  • Peerless Networks, Inc. Public Notice: Seeks comment on Peerless Networks, Inc.’s request for review of a USAC decision denying its request to revise FCC Forms 499-Q outside the applicable 45-day filing deadlines, and accompanying request for waiver of the filing deadlines.
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    8/15/13
  • Proposed Reseller Certification Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau Seeks Comment on Proposed Revisions to Form 499-A Sample Reseller Certification Language.
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    8/2/13
  • American Broadband & Telecommunications Order: Grants a petition filed by American Broadband & Telecommunications requesting that the Commission waive the deadline for revising the FCC Form 499-Q, and reverses a Universal Service Administrative Company decision rejecting such revision as untimely.
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    7/22/13
  • AMV Gateway, LLC Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau Seeks Comment on AMV Gateway, LLC Request for Review.
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    6/28/13
  • Believe Wireless Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for review of a USAC decision denying Believe’s request for waiver of the late filing fees related to Believe’s 2010 and 2011 FCC Forms 499-A.
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    6/19/13
  • Ascent Reconsideration Order: Grants a petition filed by Ascent Media Group, Inc. on reconsideration of certain aspects of the Achieve Order, in which the Bureau dismissed as moot requests from several petitioners to waive the filing deadline for revising FCC Forms 499-Q, and denied separate requests to reverse decisions of the Universal Service Administrative Company that imposed interest and penalties in connection with unpaid invoices for USF contribution assessments.
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    5/3/13
  • Cisco WebEx LLC Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for review of certain findings in USAC’s audit of Cisco WebEx LLC, which reclassify revenues associated with certain audio minutes of the WebEx service.
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    4/15/13
  • Assist 123, LLC Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for review of USAC’s rejection of untimely filed revisions to FCC Form 499-Q by Assist 123, LLC.
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    3/27/13
  • Five9, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for review of a USAC decision denying Five9’s request for credit for universal service fees it paid to its underlying carriers from 2008 through 2012.
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    3/22/13
  • NetDiverse, LLC Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition for waiver of late fees for late filing of FCC Form 499-Q by NetDiverse, LLC.
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    3/15/13
  • Five9, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for review and emergency request for stay of a USAC decision requiring Five9 to file FCC Forms 499A for calendar years 2003 - 2007, and to remit the requisite contributions obligations due to the Universal Service Fund.
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    3/13/13
  • Conexions LLC Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request filed by Conexions LLC dba Conexion Wireless (Conexions). Conexions seeks review of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company rejecting its FCC Form 499-Q as untimely and waiver of the Commission’s rules regarding the filing deadline for revisions to FCC Form 499-Q.
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    3/7/13
  • 2013 Telecommunications Reporting Worksheets Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau announces the release of the annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet, FCC Form 499-A (Form 499-A) and accompanying instructions (Form 499-A Instructions); and quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet, FCC Form 499-Q (Form 499-Q) and accompanying instructions (Form 499-Q Instructions).
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    3/4/13
  • Central Atlantic Pennsylvania Payphone Association Order: Denies a petition filed by the Central Atlantic Pennsylvania Payphone Association (CAPA) seeking clarification, or in the alternative reconsideration, of the Commission’s 2008 Centrex Waiver Reconsideration Order.
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    2/27/13

2012

  • FCC Forms 499 A and Q and Accompanying Instruction Comment Cycle Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau announces deadline for comments on proposed revisions to Forms 499 and accompanying Instructions.
    Public Notice: Word Acrobat 12/12/12
     
  • XO Communications Services, Inc. Reconsideration Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition for clarification and partial reconsideration of the 2012 Wholesaler-Reseller Clarification Order filed by XO Communications Services, Inc.
    Public Notice: Word Acrobat 12/11/12
     
  • TelePacific Stay Request Public Notice: WCB seeks comment on a request for stay of the Wholesaler-Reseller Clarification Order pending the petition for partial reconsideration by U.S. TelePacific Corp. d/b/a TelePacific Communications to the extent it requires universal service contribution on the transmission component of broadband Internet access.
    Public Notice: Word Acrobat 12/10/12
     
  • TelePacific Reconsideration Request Public Notice: WCB seeks comment on petition for partial reconsideration of the Wholesaler-Reseller Clarification Order by U.S. TelePacific Corp. d/b/a TelePacific Communications to ensure that universal service contributions are assessed on broadband Internet service providers in a competitively neutral and nondiscriminatory manner.
    Public Notice: Word Acrobat 12/10/12
     
  • CTE Telecom, LLC (CTE) Order: WCB Order grants a request by CTE Telecom to reverse an audit finding requiring CTE to contribute to the USF on revenues from its broadband Internet access service.
    Order: Word Acrobat 12/7/12
     
  • Comment on Proposed Changes to Form 499-A and Q and Accompanying Instructions PN: In order to promote clarity, transparency and predictability, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) seeks comment on proposed revisions to (1) the annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet, FCC Form 499-A (Form 499-A) and accompanying instructions (Form 499-A Instructions) to be used in 2013 to report 2012 revenues, and (2) the quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet, FCC Form 499-Q (Form 499-Q) and accompanying instructions (Form 499-Q Instructions) to be used in 2013 to report projected collected revenues on a quarterly basis.
    Public Notice: Word Acrobat 11/23/12
    Form 499-A Redline: Acrobat
    Form 499-A Instructions Redline: Acrobat
    Form 499-Q Redline: Acrobat
    Form 499-Q Instructions Redline: Acrobat
     
  • Contributions Wholeseller Reseller Clarification Order: In this Order, we address several requests regarding federal Universal Service Fund (USF or Fund) contribution obligations of wholesale providers and their customers. Our actions today provide much-needed clarification for contributors on existing USF contribution obligations and administrative requirements for the contribution system.
    Order: Word Acrobat 11/5/12
     
  • Digital Compass Telephone, LLC Order: Wireline Competition Bureau denies a petition for waiver filed by Digital Compass Telecom, LLC. Petitioner sought a temporary waiver of monthly universal service contribution requirements. The Bureau finds that petitioner has failed to offer evidence demonstrating good cause for waiver.
    Order: Word Acrobat 10/16/12
     
  • Bestel USA, Inc. Order: Wireline Competition Bureau denies a request for review filed by Bestel USA, Inc. Petitioner sought reversal of a USAC decision upholding late fees and interest assessed for late payment of monthly USAC invoices. The Bureau finds that USAC properly sent invoices to the billing address on file and properly instructed Bestel on the procedures for updating registration information.
    Order: Word Acrobat 10/16/12
     
  • Baltimore-Washington Telephone Company Order: Wireline Competition Bureau denies a request for review and petition for waiver filed by Baltimore-Washington Telephone Company. Petitioner sought reversal of a USAC decision upholding late fees arising from late filings of FCC Form 499-A or, in the alternative, waiver of the late fees assessed. The Bureau finds that USAC correctly assessed the late fees and that Petitioner failed to show good cause for waiver.
    Order: Word Acrobat 10/16/12
     
  • FLATEL, Inc. Order: TAPD dismisses Flatel, Inc. request for review of a USAC decision when an appeal is pending with USAC.
    Order: Word Acrobat 10/10/12
     
  • Believe Wireless, LLC Order: In this order, the Wireline Competition Bureau grants Believe Wireless’ request to withdraw its request for review that was pending with the Commission.
    Order: Word Acrobat 10/4/12
     
  • Mercury Wireless Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau denies a petition for waiver filed by Mercury Wireless, LLC. Petitioner sought waiver of late fees assessed for late filing of FCC Form 499-A. Petitioner failed to show good cause for waiver.
    Order: Word Acrobat 9/21/12
     
  • BelWave Communications Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau denies a petition for waiver filed by Belwave Communications. Petitioner sought waiver of late fees assessed for late filing of FCC Form 499-A. Petitioner failed to show good cause for waiver.
    Order: Word Acrobat 9/21/12
     
  • Corporate Telecomm Order: Wireline Competition Bureau denies a petition for waiver filed by Corporate Telecom. Petitioner sought waiver of the filing deadline for FCC Form 499-A. Petitioner failed to show good cause for waiver.
    Order: Word Acrobat 8/27/12
     
  • Primo Communications Order: Wireline Competition Bureau dismisses a petition for review as procedurally defective, and denies a waiver filed by Primo Communications. Petitioner sought waiver of the filing deadline for FCC Form 499-A. Petitioner failed to show good cause for waiver.
    Order: Word Acrobat 8/27/12
     
  • Outfitter Satellite Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Outfitter Satellite, Inc. (Outfitter).
    Public Notice: Word Acrobat 8/23/12
     
  • Debt Collection Process for Delinquent Contributors Public Notice: Office Of Managing Director announces revised debt collection process for delinquent contributors to the Universal Service Fund, the Telecommunications Relay Services Fund and the North American Numbering Plan.
    Public Notice: Word Acrobat 7/25/12
     
  • NASUCA Order: This order denies NASUCA's motion for a thirty-day extension for all commenter to file reply comments to the Contribution Methodology Reform and Modernization FNPRM.
    Order: Word Acrobat 7/25/12
     
  • Puerto Rico Telephone Company Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request filed by Puerto Rico Telephone Company, Inc.
    Public Notice: Word Acrobat 7/11/12
     
  • Critical Alert Systems' Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request filed by Critical Alert Systems, LLC, formerly known as NEP, LLC.
    Public Notice: Word Acrobat 7/11/12
  • Believe Wireless Public Notice: This public notice seeks comment on a request for reversal of late fees assessed due to Believe Wireless’ 2012 FCC Form 499-A.
    FNPRM: Word Acrobat 6/21/12
     
  • USF Contributions Methodology Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Comment Deadline Public Notice: In this public notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau announces deadlines for comments on the Universal Service Contribution Methodology Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
    FNPRM: Word Acrobat 6/7/12
     
  • USF Contributions Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: The Commission seeks comment on proposals to reform and modernize how Universal Service Fund contributions are assessed and recovered.
    FNPRM: Word Acrobat 4/30/12
     
  • PaeTec Communications Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request filed by PaeTec Communications, Inc.
    Public Notice: Word Acrobat 4/17/12
     
  • BelWave Communications Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on BelWave Communications' request for waiver of late filing sanctions assessed by the Universal Service Administrative Company.
    Public Notice: Word Acrobat 4/12/12
     
  • FCC Form 499-A Public Notice: On March 5, 2012, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) released the revised annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet (FCC Form 499-A) and accompanying instructions.
    Public Notice: Word Acrobat 3/5/12
     
  • FCC Form 499-Q Public Notice: On March 5, 2012, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) released revised instructions for the quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet (FCC Form 499-Q).
    Public Notice: Word Acrobat 3/5/12
     
  • InComm Solutions, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for review filed by InComm Solutions, Inc. (InComm).
    Public Notice: Word Acrobat 2/17/12
     
  • FCC FORM 499-A Public Notice: The United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), seeks access to certain carrier revenue information for 2009 that the Commission collected from wireless carriers on FCC Form 499-A (Form 499-A).
    Public Notice: Word Acrobat 2/2/12
     
  • InterCall Order: In this Order, the Commission denies petitions for reconsideration of the 2008 InterCall Order, in which the Commission clarified that InterCall and all similarly-situated audio bridging service providers are required to contribute directly to the USF.
    Order: Word Acrobat 1/27/12
     
  • Equant, Inc. Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for review filed by Equant, Inc.. Equant seeks review and reversal of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company, which among other things, finds that Equant owes universal service fund contributions on audio conferencing revenues for the period prior to the effective date of the InterCall Order.
    Public Notice: Word Acrobat 1/11/12
     
  • UTEX Communications Corp. Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for review filed by UTEX Communications Corp. UTEX seeks review and reversal of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company, which among other things, assessed late fees and penalties associated with UTEX’s 2009 FCC Form 499-A and rejected revisions to a number of FCC Forms 499-A filed prior to 2009.
    Public Notice: Word Acrobat 1/5/12
     
  • inContact, Inc. Memorandum Opinion and Order: inContact, Inc. sought review of a Bureau order finding that inContact’s request for review of a USAC decision was procedurally defective. The Commission concludes that inContact failed to demonstrate Bureau error.
    MO&O: Word Acrobat 1/5/12
  • 2011

    • Clear World Communications Corporation Order: Clear World Communications Corporation sought review of a Bureau order finding that Clear World understated its contributions to the USF. The Commission concludes that Clear World failed to demonstrate Bureau error.
      Order: Word Acrobat 12/23/11
       
    • MeetingOne.com Corp Public Notice: Comment sought on an application for review filed by MeetingOne.com Corp. Petitioner seeks review of a Bureau order finding that: (1) IP audio bridging services are subject to USF, and (2) prospective-only application of such finding is not warranted.
      Public Notice: Word Acrobat 12/13/11
       
    • Bestel USA, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request filed by Bestel USA, Inc. (Bestel USA).
      Public Notice: Word Acrobat 11/22/11
       
    • MeetingOne.com Corp Order: The Bureau denies MeetingOne's request for review of USAC decision that IP audio bridging services are subject to USF reporting and contribution obligations.
      Order: Word Acrobat 11/3/11
       
    • Revised 2011 Annual Telecommunications Report Worksheet Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau Releases Revised 2011 Annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet (FCC Form 499-A) and Accompanying Instructions.
      Public Notice: Word Acrobat 10/25/11
       
    • Baltimore-Washington Telephone Company Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on Baltimore-Washington Telephone Company's request for review of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company.
      Public Notice: Word Acrobat 9/7/11
       
    • IP Telecom Group, Inc. Order: In this order, we deny a request filed by IP Telcom Group, Inc. for review of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company.
      Order: Word Acrobat 8/8/11
       
    • Blackfoot Communications, Inc. Public Notice: Blackfoot Communications, Inc. (BCI) seeks review of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company to reclassify as interstate revenues a portion of BCI's fixed local service revenues.
      Text PDF 8/5/11
       
    • BCG, Inc and Reliable Telephone Company Order: In this order by TAPD, we deny requests filed by BCG, Inc. and Reliable Telephone Company, LLC. Each of the petitioners seeks waiver of the filing deadline for the 2009 FCC Form 499-A, and requests reversal of late filings fees for failure to timely file. We find that the petitioners have failed to demonstrate that good cause exists to justify waiver of the filing deadline. We direct USAC to collect any outstanding balance from BCG and Reliable Telephone, including any related late filing fees.
      Text PDF 5/16/11
       
    • The Universal Service Administrative Company Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for guidance filed by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) on the proper classification of text messaging revenues for purposes of reporting and contributing to the Universal Service Fund. Specifically, USAC is seeking guidance on whether text messaging revenues should be reported as telecommunications revenue or non-telecommunications revenue.
      Public Notice: Word Acrobat 5/9/11
       
    • The Rural Independent Competitive Alliance Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a Petition for Declaratory Ruling filed by the Rural Independent Competitive Alliance (RICA). RICA requests that the Commission clarify that rural competitive local exchange carriers are not obligated to report on the FCC Form 499-A any portion of their end user revenues that is not collected pursuant to rates explicitly designated as charges for the provision of interstate service. RICA also requests that the Commission clarify that end user revenues recovered pursuant to rates charged for the provision of telephone exchange service entirely within one state are intrastate revenues.
      Public Notice: Word Acrobat 5/9/11
       
    • Verizon Wireless Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Verizon Wireless for reconsideration of the Bureau's April 1, 2011 letter to USAC to implement the company-specific cap on high-cost universal service support that the Commission imposed in October 2007 on Verizon Wireless’s predecessor in interest, Alltel Corporation.
      Public Notice: Word Acrobat 5/4/11
       
    • Clear World Communications Corporation Order: In this order, we deny in part a request for review filed by Clear World Communications Corp. We find that USAC appropriately determined that: (1) on its FCC Forms 499-A for 2005 and 2006, Clear World incorrectly allocated all revenues from monthly recurring charges as international, and (2) once a portion of such revenues were properly allocated as interstate, Clear World no longer qualified for the limited international revenues exemption (LIRE).
      Order: Word Acrobat 4/29/11
       
    • Network Enhanced Telecomm, LLP Order on Reconsideration: Wireline Competition Bureau denies NetworkIP's petition for reconsideration of a prior Bureau order addressing NetworkIP's request for review of a contributor audit performed by the Universal Service Administrative Company. In so doing, the Bureau explained that the NetworkIP Order neither required NetworkIP to collect Form 499 Filer ID numbers from customers in order to treat them as resellers nor made any conclusions as to what NetworkIP calls "intermediate resellers."
      Order on Recon: Word Acrobat 4/26/11
       
    • Alternative Phone, Inc. Order: Wireline Competition Bureau dismisses as procedurally defective a request for review filed by Alternative Phone, Inc. Petitioner sought waiver of the 45 days deadline for filing revisions to Form 499-Q. The dismissal is without prejudice.
      Order: Word Acrobat 4/21/11
       
    • U.S. Satellite Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by U.S. Satellite Corporation requesting that the Commission issue a declaratory ruling clarifying that revenues derived from services USSC provides to its affiliate are excluded from its universal service fund contribution base.
      Public Notice: Word Acrobat 4/7/11
       
    • Manitowoc Public Utilities Order: In this order, we deny a request filed by Manitowoc Public Utilities (Manitowoc).
      Order: Word Acrobat 3/29/11
       
    • Dorial Telecom, LLC Order: In this order, we dismiss as procedurally defective Dorial Telecom, LLC (Dorial)’s request for review. In its request, Dorial states that it incorrectly reported revenues on its quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheets for the first and second quarters of 2009. The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) billed Dorial for universal service fund contributions based on the incorrectly reported amounts. Dorial refused to pay the invoices, and was subsequently assessed interest on the outstanding payments.In the request for review, Dorial asks the Commission to cancel this interest.
      Order: Word Acrobat 3/15/11
       
    • USAC Fund Policy Guidance Public Notice: On March 1, 2011, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) requested guidance from the Federal Communications Commission on certain issues related to universal service fund contributor reseller processes.
      Public Notice: Word Acrobat 3/7/11
       
    • Form 499-A Public Notice: On March 1, 2011, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) released the revised annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet (FCC Form 499-A) and accompanying instructions. The Bureau revised the Form and instructions to make the process of preparing Form 499 more user-friendly for filers.
      Public Notice: Word Acrobat 3/1/11
       
    • CML Communications LLC Order: In this order, we dismiss as procedurally defective a request for review filed by CML Communications LLC (CML) on November 1, 2010. CML states it failed to file its annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet, and now seeks review and waiver of the associated late fees. In the alternative, CML asks us to waive at least a portion of the late fees and allow it to pay the remaining balance over time.
      Order: Word Acrobat 1/14/11
       
    • deltathree, Inc. Order: In this order, we grant a request for review by deltathree, Inc. (deltathree). On October 27, 2009, deltathree filed revised versions of several quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet (FCC Form 499-Q) with (USAC). Although deltathree filed these revisions more than 45 days after the original deadline for each FCC Form 499-Q, USAC accepted the revisions. In its request, deltathree states that USAC accepted the revisions because they were upward revisions (i.e., they increased deltathree’s contribution obligation). We conclude that USAC erred in accepting these late-filed revisions, and accordingly USAC should not have re-calculated deltathree’s universal service contribution obligations based on these late-filed revisions.
      Order: Word Acrobat 1/14/11
       
    • XO Communication Services, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for review filed by XO Communication Services, Inc. (XO) on December 29, 2010.
      Public Notice: Word Acrobat 1/6/11

    2010

    • American Broadband & Telecommunications Emergency Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by American Broadband & Telecommunications (American Broadband). American Broadband seeks emergency review and reversal of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company rejecting American Broadband’s revised FCC Form 499-Q and imposing interest and penalties pending appeal of the decision.
      Public Notice: Word Acrobat 12/13/10
       
    • Declaratory Ruling: The Commission rules, on a prospective basis, that states may extend their universal service contribution requirements to future intrastate revenues of nomadic interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol service providers, so long as a state’s particular requirements do not conflict with federal law or policies.
      Declaratory Ruling: Word | Acrobat 11/5/10
       
    • IP Telcom, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on IP Telcom’s request that the Commission direct USAC to waive the revision deadline and permit IP Telcom to amend its 2008 and 2009 FCC Forms 499-A.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 10/20/10
       
    • Network Enhanced Telecom, LLC Order: In this order, the Bureau grants in part a request filed by Enhanced Network Telecom, LLP (NetworkIP) for review of a 2008 contributor audit decision of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). The Bureau finds that NetworkIP’s calling card platform service is not a prepaid calling card service as contemplated by our orders, rules, and requirements. The order remands to USAC the issue of whether NetworkIP correctly classified certain revenues as carrier’s carrier revenues and provides guidance to USAC on how it should re-evaluate its audit conclusions regarding the reclassification of revenues associated with NetworkIP’s non-contributing customers.
      Order: Word | Acrobat 10/19/10
       
    • Manitowoc Public Utilities Public Notice: WCB seeks comment on Manitowoc Public Utilities (Manitowoc) request for review of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) in which USAC assessed late fees for Manitowoc’s late filing of its 2010 FCC Form 499-A. Interested parties may file comments on or before November 9, 2010, and reply comments on or before November 24, 2010.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 10/08/10
       
    • Compass Global, Inc. Public Notice: On September 13, 2010, Compass Global, Inc. (Compass Global) filed an application for review of a decision of the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau). In that decision, the Bureau upheld a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company that Compass Global had not timely filed revisions to its 2005 and 2006 FCC Forms 499-A.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 9/24/10
       
    • Airnex Communications, Inc. Public Notice: On September 8, 2010, Airnex Communications, Inc. (Airnex) filed a petition for reconsideration of a decision of the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau).In that decision, the Bureau held that Airnex had not demonstrated good cause for submitting late-filed revisions to its 1999 FCC Form 457 and 2000-2002 FCC Forms 499-A.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 9/24/10
       
    • AT&T Inc. Public Notice: On September 13, 2010, AT&T Inc. (AT&T) filed an application for review of a decision of the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau). In that decision, the Bureau upheld a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company that AT&T’s wholly-owned subsidiaries Southwestern Bell Telephone, L.P. and Centennial Communications Corp. had not timely filed revisions to their respective 2005 FCC Forms 499-A, and denied AT&T’s request for waiver of the filing deadline.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 9/24/10
       
    • Alexicon Telecommunication Order : In this order, we deny a petition filed by Alexicon Telecommunications Consulting. Alexicon requests a change in the reporting deadline for the FCC Form 499-A.
      Order: Word | Acrobat 9/13/10
       
    • Reliable Telephone Company, LLC Public Notice : The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for waiver filed by Reliable Telephone Company, LLC (Reliable) on August 16, 2010. The request seeks a waiver of late filing fees associated with Reliable’s 2010 FCC Form 499-A.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 9/2/10
       
    • Airband Communications, Inc. Public Notice : On August 26, 2010, Airband Communications, Inc. (Airband) filed an application for review of a decision of the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau). In that decision, the Bureau upheld a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company that Airband had not timely filed a revision to its 2007 FCC Form 499-A and denied Airband’s request for waiver of the filing deadline.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 8/31/10
       
    • MeetingOne.com Corp Public Notice : The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by MeetingOne.com Corp. (MeetingOne). MeetingOne seeks a stay of the Universal Service Administrative Company decision that the company is subject to universal service contribution obligations for past and future revenues associated with MeetingOne’s audio bridging service.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 8/25/10
       
    • FCC Form 499-A Revision Approval Order : In this order, we grant two petitions requesting review of decisions by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) that rejected late-filed revisions to FCC Forms 499.
      Order: Word | Acrobat 8/13/10
       
    • FCC Form 499-Q Filers Public Notice: Reminds FCC Form 499-Q filers of August 2 filing deadline and traffic study guidelines.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 7/22/10
       
    • BCG Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for waiver filed by BCG, Inc. of a late filing sanction assessed by the Universal Service Administrative Company due to BCG’s late filing of its 2009 FCC Form 499-A.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 7/8/10
       
    • InContact, Inc. Public Notice: The Commission seeks comment on an Application for Review filed by inContact, Inc. On May 7, 2010, the Bureau denied a petition for review and reversal of a decision of the Universal Service Administrative Company as procedurally defective and moot. InContact seeks review of this decision.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 6/25/10
       
    • Telecom Management, Inc. d/b/a Pioneer Telephone Order: Denied a request for review filed by Telecom Management, Inc. d/b/a Pioneer Telephone (TMI) of a USAC decision regarding universal service contributions true-ups. Upheld USAC’s decision to correct and reverse erroneous credits applied to TMI’s account.
      Order: Word | Acrobat 6/23/10
       
    • Universal Service Contribution for Conference Bridge Providers Public Notice: On June 4, 2010, Brennan Lynch LLP submitted on behalf of a petitioner that wishes to remain anonymous a petition requesting that the Commission issue a declaratory ruling setting a universal service contribution safe harbor percentage for conference bridge providers that offer jurisdictionally mixed service.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 6/22/10
       
    • ComScape Telecom of Raleigh Durham, Inc. and Millennium Telecom, LLC Order: In this order, we deny requests filed by ComScape Telecommunications of Raleigh-Durham, Inc. (ComScape) and Millennium Telecom, LLC (Millennium) to waive the filing deadline associated with the late filing of their FCC Forms 499-Q and allow them to late-file corrected forms.
      Order: Word | Acrobat 6/11/10
       
    • Maritime Contributions Recon Order: In this order, WCB denies a petition for reconsideration of its earlier Watercom/Mobex Order (DA 08-1971 rel. Aug. 26, 2008). In doing so, WCB confirms that providers of AMTS (a type of commercial mobile radio service) must contribute to the universal service fund.
      Order: Word | Acrobat 6/4/10
       
    • Telepacific Order Public Notice: Comment sought on petition for clarification and reconsideration of the Wireline Competition Bureau's Telepacific Order filed by AT&T Inc., Centurylink, Surewest Communications, and Verizon.
      Public Notice: Word | PDF 6/3/10

    • Reliance Communications, Inc. Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Reliance Communications, Inc. and Reliance Communications International, Inc. (collectively, Reliance Communications).
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 5/20/10
       
    • MeetingOne Request for Review Public Notice: The Wireline Competition seeks comment on MeetingOne.com Corp.’s request for review of a decision of the Universal Service Administrative Company finding that the company is subject to universal service contribution obligations for past and future revenues associated with MeetingOne’s audio bridging service.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 5/7/10
       
    • InContact Request for Review Order: In this order, the Bureau denies as procedurally defective inContact's request for review of a USAC decision regarding universal service contributions.
      Order: Word | Acrobat 5/7/10
       
    • TelePacific Request for Review Order: In this order, WCB grants in part a request for review filed by U.S. TelePacific Corp. d/b/a TelePacific Communications (TelePacific) of a USAC decision requiring TelePacific to contribute to the universal service fund based on revenues from TelePacific’s provision of Internet access service. WCB directs USAC to accept TelePacific’s re-filed 2008 FCC Form 499-A, in which TelePacific reports its revenue in accordance with the Commission’s precedent on classification of broadband Internet access services. In addition, we order TelePacific to provide to WCB a detailed explanation of the methodology by which TelePacific apportions revenues derived from its sale to end users of voice telephony and other services utilizing leased T-1 lines and how it reports such revenues on FCC Form 499-A, within 60 days of this order. We further order TelePacific to provide USAC with the names and contact information of its wholesale providers of transmission services, so that USAC can assure that any contributions owed to the universal service fund are promptly paid.
      Order: Word | Acrobat 4/30/10
       
    • 499 Late Fee Denial Order (Achilles et al.): In this order, WCB denies thirteen requests for reversal of the late filing fee associated with the late filing of FCC Forms 499-A and 499-Q.
      Order: Word | Acrobat 4/29/10
       
    • Alliance Form 499-A Denial Order: In this order, WCB denies the request filed by Alliance Group Services, Inc. (Alliance) seeking review of the decision on remand issued by USAC. Specifically, Alliance challenges USAC’s decision not to accept Alliance’s April 13, 2001 filing of its 2000 FCC Form 499-A. WCB affirms USAC’s decision on remand because Alliance failed to provide an explanation of the cause for the change along with documentation showing how the revised figures derive from corporate financial records.
      Order: Word | Acrobat 4/27/10
       
    • Ambess 499Q Dismissal Order: In this order, we dismiss as moot seven requests for waiver of actions taken by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).
      Order: Word | Acrobat 4/16/10
       
    • NASUCA Contribution Factor Order: In the NASUCA Contribution Factor Order, the Telecommunications Access Policy Division dismisses the request of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates to reduce the contribution factor for the third quarter of 2009 as moot.
      Order: Word | Acrobat 4/16/10
       
    • Sage Withdrawal Order: In the Sage Withdrawal Order, the Telecommunications Access Policy Division grants Sage Telecom’s request to withdraw a petition it had previously filed seeking a waiver of certain contribution reporting requirements.
      Order: Word | Acrobat 4/16/10
       
    • LTS of Rocky Mount, LLC (LTS) and South Miami Wash Bowl, Inc. (South Miami) Dismissal Order: This order dismisses as moot two requests filed by LTS of Rocky Mount, LLC and South Miami Wash Bowl, Inc. The requests are moot because USAC erred in assessing the late fees and has since provided a credit to both petitioners.
      Order: Word | Acrobat 3/23/10
       
    • Level 3 App for Review Public Notice: On March 1, 2010, Level 3, LLC, ICG Telecom Group, Inc., Looking Glass Networks, Inc., Looking Glass Networks of Virginia, Inc., Progress Telecom, LLC, and Wiltel Communications, LLC, (collectively Level 3) filed an application for review of a Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) order, in which the Bureau upheld a decision of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). Specifically, Level 3 asserts that the Bureau erred when it upheld USAC’s assessment of late fees, interest, and penalties on Level 3 due to the late filing of the Level 3 companies’ revised 2008 FCC Forms 499-A.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 3/11/10
       
    • Bayou Internet PN: The Wireline Competition seeks comment on a petition filed by Bayou Internet. Bayou Internet seeks review of a decision of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) in which USAC denied Bayou Internet’s request for waiver of the late filing fees related to Bayou Internet’s 2009 FCC Form 499-A.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 2/26/10
       
    • Ad Hoc Carrier's Carrier Petition Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by the Ad Hoc Coalition of International Telecommunications Companies. In that petition, the Coalition requests that the Commission commence a rulemaking to address the Universal Service Administrative Company’s interpretation and application of the rules and requirements for carriers’ reporting of revenues from the provision of service to other carriers (i.e., wholesale revenues) for purposes of determining universal service contribution obligations.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 2/25/10
       
    • Form 499 2010 Revisions Public Notice: The Commission released the revised annual and quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheets (FCC Form 499-A and FCC Form 499-Q) and accompanying instructions.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 2/22/10
       
    • Verizon Wireless Extension Order: In this order, WCB grants a request by Verizon Wireless for a limited extension of waivers of certain universal service FCC Form 499 reporting requirements previously granted by WCB. Specifically, the order extends temporary waivers of universal service revenue reporting requirements to allow Verizon Wireless to file a consolidated revenue data report for affiliated entities it acquired in its mergers with Alltel Corporation and Rural Cellular Corporation and to report revenues for all affiliated companies using a weighted average of actual and safe harbor revenues. The order finds that good cause exists to extend these waivers due to special circumstances arising out of the Commission’s pending review of divestiture issues related to Verizon Wireless’s merger.
      Order: Word | Acrobat 2/1/10
       
    • Level 3 Contributions Appeal Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau denies a request for review of a decision by USAC, filed by Level 3 Communications, asking the Commission to reverse USAC’s computation of Level 3’s annual true-up based on Level 3’s original FCC Form 499 filings, which were timely filed on or about April 1, 2008, and USAC’s subsequent refusal to expedite processing of Level 3’s revised FCC Form 499-A filings reporting revenue for the 2007 calendar year. We also find that Level 3 has not demonstrated good cause sufficient to warrant waiver of the interest that has accrued on the universal service contribution invoices issued by USAC based on Level 3’s original 2008 FCC Form 499-A filings. Additionally, in light of the decision reached here, we deny as moot Level 3’s requests seeking stay from USAC’s issuance of invoices based on Level 3’s original 2008 499-A filings and seeking waiver of the public notice requirement for Commission action.
      Order: Word | Acrobat 1/29/10
       
    • Equant Dismissal Order: In this order, WCB dismisses as moot Equant's request for review of a USAC decision rejecting its revised 2000 499-A filing.
      Order: Word | Acrobat 1/28/10
       
    • Grande Contributions PN: WCB seeks comment on a petition filed by Grande Communications Networks (Grande). Grande seeks review of a USAC decision that resulted in reclassification of certain of the company’s revenues reported for purposes of universal service contribution assessments for calendar years 2004, 2005, and 2006.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 1/19/10
       
    • TelePacific Contributions PN: WCB seeks comment on two requests filed by U.S. TelePacific Corp. d/b/a TelePacific Communications (TelePacific). In its first request, TelePacific seeks review and reversal of a USAC decision that would reclassify certain revenues for purposes of universal service contribution assessments for calendar year 2007 and require TelePacific to refile its 2008 FCC Form 499-A by February 8, 2010. In its second request, TelePacific seeks a stay of that decision.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 1/19/10
       
    • NextGen Order: TAPD grants the request of NextGen Telephone to withdraw a letter it had filed requesting review of a decision by USAC, in which USAC determined that NextGen should report subscriber line charges as interstate revenue subject to federal universal service fund contributions.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 1/12/10

    2009

    • Millenium Telecom Contribution Waiver:The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on Millennium Telecom’s petition to waive certain contribution deadlines and penalties, resulting from Millenium’s inadvertent overstatement of its interstate telecom revenues on its Feb 2009 Form 499-Q and misstatement of its contact information on its 2008 Form 499-A.
      Order: Word | Acrobat 12/22/09
       
    • Heller Information Services, Inc.: In this order, TAPD grants a request filed by Heller Information Services, Inc. (Heller) to withdraw its petition, and, accordingly, dismisses Heller’s pleadings. Heller had requested review of USAC’s rejection of Heller’s revised 2003 FCC Form 499-A filing and the universal service contribution assessments that resulted from Heller’s original 2003 FCC Form 499-A filing. Heller had also requested that the Commission take expedited action on its request for review, and that all universal service contribution collection actions be held in abeyance pending final action on Heller’s request for review by the Commission.
      Order: Word | Acrobat 10/21/09
       
    • Alexicon Petition to Change FCC Form 499 Deadline: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on Alexicon’s petition to change the filing date for the annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet (FCC Form 499-A) from April 1st to September 1st. Comments are due July 6, 2009 and reply comments are due July 20, 2009.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 5/7/09
       
    • Cook Telecom, Inc.: The Telecommunications Access Policy Division grants Cook Telecom, Inc.’s request for review of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) rejecting Cook’s initial FCC Form 457 filing, and directs USAC to accept Cook’s revised FCC Form 457 filing dated December 2, 1997.
      Order: Word | Acrobat 6/3/09

    • Ad Hoc Coalition Petition for Declaratory Ruling: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition for declaratory ruling filed by the Ad Hoc Coalition of International Telecommunications Companies’ (Coalition) regarding universal service contributions. Comments are due June 8, 2009 and reply comments are due June 22, 2009.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 5/7/09

    • Spectrotel Contributor Appeal: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request filed by Spectrotel seeking review of a USAC decision to deny a waiver of fees associated with its late-filed August, 2008 FCC Form 499-Q. Comments are due June 8, 2009 and reply comments are due June 22, 2009.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 5/7/09

    • Masergy Contributor Appeal: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request filed by Masergy seeking clarification or review of the decision to include Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) in the FCC Form 499 Instructions. Comments are due June 8, 2009 and reply comments are due June 22, 2009.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 5/7/09

    • Aspire Contributor Appeal: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request filed by Aspire Telecom, Inc. seeking waiver of the 45-day FCC Form 499-Q revision window. Comments are due June 8, 2009 and reply comments are due June 22, 2009.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 5/7/09

    • inContact Contributor Appeal: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by inContact, Inc. seeking waiver of contribution fees assessed by USAC in 2009 based on adjustments to inContact’s 2004 FCC Form 499-A. Comments are due June 5, 2009 and reply comments are due June 22, 2009.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 5/6/09

    • Verizon Wireless FCC Form 499 Waiver Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau grants a petition by Verizon Wireless seeking limited waiver of certain FCC Form 499 revenue filing requirements related to its mergers with Alltel and Rural Cellular Corporation. Specifically, Verizon Wireless is granted a limited waiver to allow it to report revenues for all affiliated companies using a weighted average of actual and safe harbor revenues until December 31, 2009.
      Order: Word | Acrobat 5/1/09

    • Updated FCC Form 499-Q: The Wireline Competition Bureau released the FCC Form 499-Q and accompanying instructions. The instructions incorporate nonsubstantive clarifications to ensure that all contributors are properly reporting revenues and are treating similar revenues uniformly.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 4/10/09

    • Universal Service Administrative Company: Wireline Competition Bureau provides letter to USAC concerning FCC Form 499 A Instructions and USF contribution obligations.
      Letter: Word | Acrobat 4/1/09

    • Kouso Communications, LLC: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on Kouso's request for waiver of fees associated with late filing of 2008 FCC Form 499-A. Comments on the request are due April 29, 2009 and reply comments are due May 14, 2009.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 3/30/09

    • Ready Telecom, Inc.: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for review filed by Ready Telecom, Inc. seeking review of a USAC decision in which USAC denied Ready Telecom's request to amend its May 2008 FCC Form 499-Q filing. Comments on the request are due April 29, 2009 and reply comments are due May 14, 2009.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 3/30/09

    • Pelzer Communication Corporation Universal Service Contributions Request: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on Pelzer Communications' request seeking review of USAC's decision declining to accept Pelzer's revised February 2007 FCC Form 499-Q filing. Comments on the request are due April 29, 2009 and reply comments are due May 14, 2009.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 3/30/09

    • Minerva Valley Telephone Company High-Cost Waiver: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition by Minerva Telephone Company, an incumbent local exchange carrier in Iowa, for waiver of the June 30, 2008 annual certification filing deadline for universal service interstate common line support. Comments on the petition are due April 29, 2009 and reply comments are due May 14, 2009.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 3/30/09

    • Ascent Media Group: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on Ascent petition for reconsideration of the Wireline Competition Bureau's order dismissing Ascent's request for a review of a Universal Service Administrative Company Decision. Comments are due on April 20, 2009 and reply comments are due on May 5, 2009.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 3/19/09

    • CalTel Inc., CalTel Inc. of North Carolina, and South Bell Payphones, Inc.: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on CalTel, CalTel North Carolina, and South Bell requests seeking review and reversal of late fees assessed by the Universal Service Administrative Company for their late-filed 2008 FCC Forms 499-A. Comments are due on April 20, 2009 and reply comments are due on May 5, 2009.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 3/19/09

    • Via Talk, LLC Contributor Appeal: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request filed by Via Talk seeking review and reversal of a Universal Service Administrative Company decision denying Via Talk's request to accept its amended 2007 FCC Form 499-A, which was filed more than one year past the filing deadline. Via Talk requests that the Commission correct the amount of Via Talk's universal service debt and allow Via Talk to enter into a payment extension plan for the debt. Comments are due on April 20, 2009 and reply comments are due on May 5, 2009.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 3/19/09

    • 10D Telecom, Inc. Universal Service Fund Contributor Appeal: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request by 10D Telecom for a waiver of late fees assessed by Universal Service Administrative Company due to 10D Telecom's late-filing of its 2008 FCC Form 499-A. Comments are due on April 20, 2009 and reply comments are due on May 5, 2009.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 3/19/09

    • Updated FCC Form 499-A Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau released a public notice announcing the release of the updated FCC Form 499-A, which carriers file annually on April 1 with USAC. The public notice identifies non-substantive changes and clarifications to the instructions for filing the FCC Form 499-A.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 2/27/09

    2008

    • Madison River Communications, LLC Contribution Request for Review Public Notice.. The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request filed by Madison River Communications, LLC (Madison River) seeking review of a USAC decision, in which, as a result of an audit, USAC determined that Madison River should have reported the transmission portion of its Internet access services separately as assessable telecommunications service revenues. Madison River also seeks review of USAC’s conclusion that it owed universal service contributions on T-1 revenues Madison had classified as intrastate for calendar year 2005. Madison River requests that the Commission reverse USAC’s decisions, and instruct USAC to reject the audit report findings regarding the classification of Madison River’s services for universal service contribution purposes. Comments are due January 29, 2009 and reply comments are due February 13, 2009. Word | Acrobat 12/30/2008
       
    • Achieve Telecom Network of Massachusetts, LLC, et al.. In this order, we dismiss as moot ten requests for waiver of actions taken by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). Specifically, Petitioners request that the Commission waive certain filing deadlines associated with the filing of their FCC Form 499-Qs and allow them to late-file corrected forms. Because the annual true-up process for the FCC Forms 499-Q at issue in these requests has already provided the relief sought by Petitioners, we dismiss as moot Petitioners’ requests. We also deny separate requests, filed by Achieve Telecom Network of Massachusetts, LLC (Achieve), Ascent Media Group (Ascent), and New Edge Network, Inc. (New Edge) for a refund of late fees, penalties and interest charges assessed, resulting from these petitioners’ late filed FCC Forms 499-Q. Word | Acrobat 12/15/2008
       
    • Ambess Enterprises, Inc.: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request filed by Ambess Enterprises, Inc. (Ambess) seeking review and reversal of a decision of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), in which USAC denied Ambess’ request to accept its amended February 2008 FCC Form 499-Q.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat | text 12/3/08
       
    • Curry IP Solutions, et al.: Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) grants six requests for reversal of late fees associated with the filing of the FCC Form 499-A for 2007. Upon review of these requests, WCB finds that the issue raised here was recently addressed in the 2007 499-A Waiver Order. Therefore, WCB directs USAC and the other plan administrators to reverse any late payment fees that have been assessed on the applicants. Word | Acrobat 10/7/2008
       
    • CTE Telecom, LLC: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for review by CTE Telecom, LLC of a USAC decision, in which, as a result of an audit, USAC determined that CTE inaccurately designated certain USF contribution revenues as enhanced services, instead of DSL services. Comments are due October 17, 2008, and reply comments are due November 3, 2008.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 9/17/08
       
    • NextGen Telephone: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for review by NextGen Telephone of a USAC decision, in which, as a result of an audit, USAC determined that NextGen should report subscriber line charges as interstate revenue subject to USF contribution. Comments are due October 17, 2008, and reply comments are due November 3, 2008.
      Public Notice: Word | Acrobat 9/17/08
       
    • Waterway Communication System, LLC and Mobex Network Services, LLC. In this order, WCB denies a request for review filed by Maritime Communications/Land Mobile, LLC (Maritime) on behalf of Waterway Communication System, LLC (Waterway) and Mobex Network Services, LLC (Mobex). Maritime seeks review of USAC’s decision denying Watercom’s and Mobex’s request for refund of $1.3 million in USF contributions. Maritime asserts that the Commission’s rules do not require maritime radio service providers to contribute to USF, and that USAC should, therefore, refund the monies Watercom and Mobex previously paid into the USF. Word | Acrobat 8/26/2008
       
    • Level 3 Form 499A. The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request filed by Level 3 seeking review of a decision by USAC, or, in the alternative, a petition for waiver to expedite processing of Level 3’s revised 2007 FCC Form 499-A filing. Level 3 also filed a petition seeking a stay of USAC’s decision to calculate Level 3’s annual true-up amount based on its original FCC Form 499-A filing. Level 3 also filed a motion for waiver of public notice. Comments are due September 10, 2008, and reply comments are due September 17, 2008. Word | Acrobat 8/26/2008
       
    • Compass Global, Inc.. The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request filed by Compass Global, Inc. seeking review and reversal of a decision by USAC, in which USAC found that Compass Global had failed to timely file revisions to its 2005 and 2006 FCC Forms 499-A. Comments are due September 19, 2008, and reply comments are due October 6, 2008. Word | Acrobat 8/20/2008
       
    • Airband Communications, Inc.. The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on Airband Communications, Inc.'s request for review of a universal service fund contribution decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company. Comments are due September 8, 2008, and reply comments are due September 23, 2008. Word | Acrobat 8/6/2008
       
    • InterCall, Inc.. The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on Global Conference Partners, A+ Conferencing Ltd., Free Conferencing Corporation, and The Conference Group's petitions for reconsideration and clarification of the Commission's InterCall Order. Comments are due September 8, 2008, and reply comments are due September 22, 2008. Word | Acrobat 8/8/2008
       
    • IDT Request for Review Public Notice. The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on IDT Corporation and IDT Telecom’s request for review of a universal service fund contribution decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company. Word | Acrobat 8/6/2008
       
    • Audio Bridging FCC Form 499-Q Filing Date Public Notice. The Wireline Competition Bureau provides notice of the August 1st FCC Form 499-Q filing date for audio bridging service providers, pursuant to the InterCall Order. Word | Acrobat 7/17/2008
       
    • Public Notice. The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Achieve Telecom Networks seeking review and reversal of a decision by USAC in which USAC denied Achieve's request to accept its amended FCC Form 499-Q. Comments on the petition are due August 11, 2008 and reply comments are due August 25, 2008. Word | Acrobat 7/11/2008
       
    • Public Notice. The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Sage Telecom, Inc. and Sage Telecom of Texas, L.P., seeking waiver of the requirement that USAC calculate the universal service annual contribution true-up for under-projections based on the average of the two highest contribution factors, and that USAC calculate the true-up for over-projections based on the average of the two lowest contribution factors. Comments on the petition are due August 7, 2008 and reply comments are due August 21, 2008. Word | Acrobat 7/8/2008
       
    • InterCall, Inc.. In this order, the FCC denies in part and grants in part a request for review filed by InterCall, Inc. of a Universal Service Administrative Company decision finding that the audio bridging services offered by InterCall are “toll teleconferencing” services and that InterCall must contribute directly to the universal service fund based on revenues from these services. Word | Acrobat 6/30/2008
       
    • Aventure Communication Technology, LLC. The Wireline Competition Bureau, based on the unique circumstances presented, grants an appeal filed by Aventure Communication Technology, LLC requesting reversal of a decision by USAC to reject a late-filed revision to its FCC Form 499-Q. Word | Acrobat 6/26/2008
       
    • InterCall USAC Abeyance Letter. The Wireline Competition Bureau directed USAC to hold in abeyance until July 1, 2008 its universal service contribution decision regarding InterCall, Inc. Word | Acrobat 6/19/2008
       
    • Cox Communications Contribution Order. The Wireline Competition Bureau grants an appeal filed by Cox Communications, Inc., requesting reversal of a decision by USAC to disallow Cox’s use of VoIP revenue allocation methodology to determine interstate revenues for universal service contribution purposes. Word | Acrobat 6/4/2008
       
    • Public Notice. This Public Notice seeks comment on Ascent Media Group's (Ascent) request for review and reversal of a decision by USAC, in which USAC denied Ascent’s request to accept its amended August 2007 FCC Form 499-Q after the 45-day FCC Form 499-Q revision window. Ascent asserts that it inadvertently included its total projected revenue in place of its projected billed universal service fund revenues on the FCC Form 499-Q. Comments on the petition are due by May 13, 2008, and reply comments are due by May 20, 2008. Word | Acrobat 4/29/2008
       
    • Order on Reconsideration. In this Order, the Commission denies the Petition filed by the CTIA – The Wireless Association seeking extension to all similarly-situated Universal Service Fund (USF) contributors of the relief granted to three USF contributors in the Commission’s 2004 True-Up Waiver Order, which addressed the true-up process for 2003 USF contributions. Word | Acrobat 4/28/2008
       
    • Order. The Wireline Competition Bureau dismisses appeal of 360networks (USA), Inc. seeking refund of late payment fees related to universal service fund contributions. Word | Acrobat 4/23/2008
       
    • Central Atlantic Pennsylvania Payphone Association. The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on the Central Atlantic Pennsylvania Payphone Association's (CAPA) petition for clarification, or, in the alternative, reconsideration of the Commission's APCC Reconsideration Order. CAPA is seeking refunds from local exchange carriers for universal service fees paid by independent payphone providers. Comments on the petition are due by May 14, 2008, and reply comments are due by May 29, 2008. Word | Acrobat 4/14/2008
       
    • Order on Reconsideration. The Commission denies petitions for reconsideration of universal service fund (USF) contribution obligations adopted in the Fifth Circuit Remand Order. Reconfirms Commercial Mobile Radio Services providers may recover USF contributions through rates charged for all services; declines to reconsider the Limited International Revenues Exception; and denies requests for refunds of universal service contributions. Word | Acrobat 4/11/2008
       
    • InterCall, Inc. On February 1, 2008, InterCall filed a Request for Review of USAC’s decision, and on February 5, 2008, InterCall requested that the Commission stay the same decision. InterCall’s Request for Review raises questions regarding USF contribution obligation policies for stand-alone audio bridging service providers, as well as unique questions concerning the scope of USAC’s authority in making its decision. In light of the questions raised in this proceeding, the Wireline Competition Bureau instructs USAC to hold in abeyance for 90 days its decision against InterCall, pending further Commission action. Word | Acrobat 3/19/2008
       
    • Order on Reconsideration In this Order, the Commission grants the petition for reconsideration filed by American Public Communications Council (APCC), finding that application of the Centrex-adjusted portion of the universal service line item to payphone service providers would be inconsistent with Congress’ direction in section 276(b) of the Act. Word | Acrobat 2/14/2008
       
    • Public Notice The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on Intercall, Inc.’s (Intercall's) request for review of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and petition for stay. On February 1, 2008, Intercall filed a request seeking review and reversal of a USAC decision, in which USAC ruled that Intercall’s audio bridging services are toll teleconferencing services, requiring Intercall to submit FCC Form 499 filings to USAC. On February 5, 2008, Intercall filed a petition requesting that the Commission stay USAC’s decision pending the Commission’s review. Comments are due February 25, 2008 and reply comments are due March 3, 2008. Word | Acrobat 2/14/2008
       
    • Universal Service Contribution Methodology, Erratum On January 24, 2008, the Commission released an Order (FCC 07-231). This Erratum corrects that document. Word | Acrobat 2/1/2008
       
    • Declaratory Order In this Order, the Commission addresses petitions filed by CTIA-The Wireless Association (CTIA) and Cingular Wireless, LLC, seeking clarification of the definition of “toll services” for purposes of determining contribution obligations to the federal universal service fund (USF or Fund). The Commission grants both petitions to the extent that they ask the Commission to declare that the definition of “toll services” discussed in the 2006 Contribution Methodology Order is the definition to be used on the FCC Form 499 for reporting the revenues derived from toll service charges. The Commission also addresses CTIA’s request to clarify how wireless carriers should allocate toll service revenues to the interstate and international jurisdiction. In particular, the Commission clarifies that, to the extent a Fund contributor (including wireless and interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers) uses a traffic study or studies to determine its contribution obligations, such traffic study or studies must specifically account for the interstate or international nature of toll service revenues. Word | Acrobat 1/24/2008

    2007

    • Order Berkmont Communications Corporation et al. The Wireline Competition Bureau granted 10 requests for reversal of late fees associated with the filing of the FCC Form 499-A for 2007. We further direct the Universal Service Administrative Company and the other plan administrators to reverse any late payment fees that have been assessed on the applicants. Word | Acrobat 12/12/2007

    • Order Oblio Telecom, Inc. In this Order, at the request of Oblio Telecom, Inc. (Oblio), Telecommunications Access Policy Division dismisses with prejudice Oblio’s petition for declaratory ruling regarding the universal service certification process between resellers and their underlying carriers. Word | Acrobat 11/6/2007

    • Public Notice The Wireline Competition Bureau Announces Office of Management and Budget approval of the revised 2007 Federal Communications Commission Forms 499-A, 499-Q, and accompanying instructions. Word | Acrobat 9/21/2007

    • Order In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau denied the appeal filed by Radiant Telecom, Inc. seeking review of the Universal Service Administrative Company's Decision on Contributor Appeal. Word | Acrobat 7/2/2007

    • Order In this Order, pursuant to section 1.429 of the Commission’s rules, we dismiss the Expedited Petition to Reduce or Adjust the Proposed Fourth Quarter Contribution Factor filed by WilTel Communications, LLC (“WilTel”). Specifically, we find that the Petition was untimely filed. Word | Acrobat 5/11/2007

    • Order The Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) denies the request for review filed by i-Tel Long Distance a/k/a Impact Telecommunications, Inc. (i-Tel) of two Administrator’s Decisions on Contributor Appeal. In its request, i-Tel alleges that qualifies for de minimis status and, thus, is not subject to universal service contributions. The Bureau finds that i-Tel did qualify for de minimis status for the billing periods at issue and affirms the Administrator’s Decisions. Word | Acrobat 4/10/2007

    • Order The Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) The Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) dismisses in part and denies in part a request for review of a USAC administrator decision filed by National Network Communications, Inc. National Network alleges that it qualifies for de minimis status and, thus, is not subject to universal service contributions. The Bureau finds that National Network was eligible for the de minimis exemption for the billing period January – December 2002, but, pursuant to the true-up process, has already received relief for this time period. The Bureau also finds that National Network was not eligible for the de minimis exemption for the billing periods January – December 2000 and January – December 2001. Word | Acrobat 4/10/2007

    • Public Notice Wireline Competition bureau Announces OMB Approval of the 2007 FCC Form 499-A. On December 18, 2006, the Federal Communications Commission sought approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of the information collection for the revised FCC Form 499-A, 499-Q and accompanying instructions. On March 19, 2007, FCC received OMB approval. Word | Acrobat 3/19/2007

    • Order In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) dismiss as moot the request for review of action taken by the Universal Service Administrative Company filed by Advantage Telecommunications Corp.. Word | Acrobat 3/16/2007

    • Order In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) deny the request for review of a decision taken by the Universal Service Administrative Company or the Administrator filed by WorldxChange Corp. Word | Acrobat 3/16/2007

    • Order In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) deny the request for review of action taken by the Universal Service Administrative Company filed by Telco Group Inc.. Word | Acrobat 3/16/2007

    • Order In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) deny Allegheny Telephone Company appeal of the Administrator's Decision on Contributor Appeal by the Universal Service Administrative Company. Word | Acrobat 3/16/2007

    • Order In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) deny the petitions filed by American Telecommunication Systems, Inc. (ATS), Equivoice, Inc., (Equivoice), Eureka Broadband Corporation (Eureka), TON Services, Inc. (TON) and Value-Added Communications, Inc. (VAC), collectively Petitioners. Petitioners, all resellers of telecommunication services, challenge the Universal Service Administrative Company’s (USAC’s or Administrator’s) decisions not to recognize the Universal Service Fund (USF or Fund) contributions which Petitioners contend that they made indirectly through underlying carriers. The time periods at issue vary by case, but all fall within the years 1999-2003. For the reasons set forth below we deny the petitions and direct that all outstanding payments, including late fees, penalties, or other monies owed be made not later than 30 days from release of this Order. Word | Acrobat 3/14/2007

    • Order In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) deny the request filed by Big River Telephone Company, LLC seeking review of the Decision on Contributor Appeal issued by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC or the Administrator). Specifically, Big River Challenges the Administrator's application of adjustments posted to Big River's account and reflected on its July, August, and September 2002 invoices. We affirm the Administrator's Decision. Word | Acrobat 3/14/2007

    • Order In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) deny requests for review filed by ABS-CBN, SCI and TNCI. Word | Acrobat 3/14/2007

    • Order In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) deny the petitions filed by American Cyber Corp.; Coleman Enterprises, Inc.; Inmark, Inc., d/b/a Preferred Billing; Lotel, Inc., d/b/a Coordinated Billing; and Protel Advantage, Inc. seeking review of the Universal Service Administrative Company's Decision on Conitributor Appeal. Word | Acrobat 3/12/2007

    • Public Notice Wireline Competition Bureau Reminds De Minimis Telecommunications Providers of Certain FCC Registration, Reporting, an Contribution Requirements. The Federal Communications Commission requires telecommunications providers to register with the Commission, comply with periodic reporting requirements, and contribute to certain regulatory programs. In this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau reminds telecommunications providers that are considered "de minimis" under the Commission's rules of how these requirements apply to them. Word | Acrobat 1/31/2007

    Pre 2007

    2006 Releases

    • Public Notice On July 27, 2006, Wireline Competition Bureau Streamlines Reporting Requirements for Interconnected VoIP Providers and Announces OMB Approval of New FCC Forms 499-A and 499-Q. Word | Acrobat 07/27/2006

    • Universal Service Contribution Methodology Erratum On June 27, 2006, the Commission released a Report and Order and Further Notice of Propose Rulemaking (FCC 06-94), this Erratum corrects that document. Word | Acrobat 7/18/06 | Word | Acrobat 7/10/06

    • Report and Order and Notice of Propose Rulemaking On June 27, 2006, the Commission released a Report and Order and Notice of Propose Rulemaking making interim modifications to the existing approach for assessing contributions to the federal universal service fund in order to provide stability while we continue to examine more fundamental reform. (CC DKT NOS. 96-45, 98-171, 92-237, 99-200, 95-116, and 98-170; WC DKT NOS. 06-122 and 04-36: FCC 06-94). Word | Acrobat 7/10/06
    • News Release On June 21, 2006, FCC Updates Approach for Assessing Contributions to the Federal Universal Service Fund. (Docket Nos. 06-122, 04-36, 96-45, 98-171, 90-571, 92-237, 99-200, 95-116, 98-170). 06/21/2006
      News Release: Word | Acrobat
      Martin Statement: Word | Acrobat
      Copps Statement: Word | Acrobat
      Adelstein Statement: Word | Acrobat
      Tate Statement: Word | Acrobat
      McDowell Statement: Word | Acrobat


    2005 Releases

    • Order On March 1, 2005 the Wireline Competition Bureau released an Order denying Atlantic Digital, Inc.'s appeal of an Administrator's Decision issued by the Universal Service Administration Company assessing late fees on two of its filings. (Dkt. No. CC 96-45: DA 05-520). Word | Acrobat 3/1/05


    2004 Releases

    • Order On October 29, 2004 the Wireline Competition Bureau released an Order denying a petition for reconsideration filed by Business Service Center, Inc., Mobile Phone of texas, Inc., and 3 Rivers PCS, Inc. (Collectively, the "Small Wireless Carrier Group") currently pending before the Federal Communications Commission. (Dkt.No. CC 96-45; FCC 04-260). Word | Acrobat 10/29/04

    • Memorandum Opinion and Order On October 29, 2004 the Commission released a Memorandum Opinion and Order granting Verizon Hawaii, Inc.’s (formerly GTE Hawaiian Telephone Company) Application for Review of a decision by the Accounting and Audits Division of the Common Carrier Bureau made on delegated authority, which granted Sandwich Isles Communications, Inc. a waiver to be treated as an incumbent local exchange carrier (LEC) serving a previously unserved area for purposes of receiving high-cost universal service support. Consistent with Commission precedent, the Order requires that Sandwich Isles seek and obtain a study area waiver in order to be treated as an incumbent LEC for purposes of receiving universal service support.">Word | Acrobat 10/29/04

    • Order On September 8, 2004 the Wireline Competition Bureau released an order dismissing five petitions for waiver pertaining to the calculation of universal service contributions. Since these petitions were filed, the Commission has addressed each of these issues in the relevant rulemaking proceedings.(Dkt.No. CC 96-45; DA 04-2898). Word | Acrobat 9/8/04


    2003 Releases

    • Order and Second Order on Reconsideration On March 14, the Commission released an Order and Second Order on Reconsideration addressing petitions for interim waiver and several petitions for reconsideration of rules recently adopted in the Interim Contribution Methodology Order regarding the assessment and recovery of contributions to the federal universal service support mechanisms. (Dkt. No. CC 96-45; FCC 03-58). Word | Acrobat | Text 3/14/02


    2002 Releases

    • Order and Second FNPRM. On December 13, the Commission released an order modifying the universal service contribution methodology and seeking further comment on three connection-based proposals. (Dkt. No. CC 96-45; FCC 02-329). Word | Acrobat | Text 12/9/02

    • NPRM. On Feb. 15, the Commission released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on the regulatory classification of telephone-based broadband Internet access services. The Commission tentatively concluded that wireline broadband Internet access service is an information service with a telecommunications component. The Notice also seeks comment on whether providers of broadband Internet access should be required to contribute to universal service. (Dkt. No. CC 02-33, 95-20, 98-10; FCC 02-42). Word | Acrobat | Text 2/15/02

    • FNPRM. The Commission adopted a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on a Connection-Based System to Provide Certainty, Reduce Administrative Costs and Avoid Marketplace Distortions. The FCC took further steps toward reform of the system for assessment and recovery of USF contributions. (Dkt No. 96-45,98-171, 90-571, 92-239, 99-200; FCC No. 02-43). News Release 2/14/02 | Word | Acrobat


    2001 Releases

    • Order. The Commission released an order denying USTA's petition for reconsideration of the Contribution Interval Order modifying the methodology used to assess contributions that carriers make to the federal universal service support mechanisms.(Dkt No. CC-96-45, Released 11/6/01) FCC-01-321 Acrobat | Text

    • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. The Commission released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on how to streamline and simplify both the manner in which the Commission assesses carrier contributions to the universal service fund and the manner in which carriers may recover those costs from their customers. CC Docket Nos. 96-45, 98-171, 90-571, 92-237, 99-200, 95-116, FCC 01-145 Text | Word 5/8/01

    • Public Notice. The Commission released a Public Notice announcing OMB Approval for Form 499-Q. DA 01-829 Text | Word 4/6/01

    • Order. The Commission released an order modifying the contribution methodology to reduce the interval between the accrual of revenues and the assessment of universal service contributions based on those revenues. CC Docket No. 96-45, FCC 01-85 Text | Word Text Attachment A: FCC Form 499-Q Word Attachment A: FCC Form 499-Q 3/14/01

     
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