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  • 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.
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    Telepacific Order filed by AT&T Inc., Centurylink, Surewest Communications,
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    | 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
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