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Jurisdictional Separations

Jurisdictional separations is the process of apportioning regulated costs between the interstate and intrastate jurisdictions. The primary purpose of separations is to determine whether a local exchange carrier (LEC)'s cost of providing regulated services are to be recovered through its rates for intrastate services or through its rates for interstate services. The first step in the current separations process requires carriers to apportion regulated costs among categories of plant and expenses. In the second step of the current separations process, the costs in each category are apportioned between the intrastate and interstate jurisdictions. Once costs are separated between the jurisdictions, carriers can then apportion their interstate regulated costs among their interexchange services and their intrastate costs among intrastate services.


Separations Joint Board Members

Jurisdictional Separations Federal-State Joint Board List [Acrobat]

Separations Headlines

2014

  • 4/2/2014
    Federal Register Publication: Federal Communications Commission, Proposed rule, Jurisdictional Separations and Referral to the Federal-State Joint Board [CC Docket No. 80-286; FCC 14-27]
    Federal Register article
  • 3/27/2014
    Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: The Federal Communications Commission seeks public comment on a proposal to extend the freeze of jurisdictional separations category relationships and cost allocation factors in the Commission's rules for three years, through June 30, 2017. This document also proposes to direct the Wireline Competition Bureau to open a filing "window" to encourage (but not require) rate-of-return incumbent LECs that desire waivers of the category relationships freeze to file petitions for waiver during the window. Comments are due on or before April 16, 2014. Reply comments are due on or before April 23, 2014.
    Word PDF
  • 2/7/2014
    Joint Board Appointments Order: Appointed the Honorable Stephen Michael Bloom and the Honorable Chris Nelson to serve on the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, and the Honorable Sally Talberg to serve on the Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations.
    Word PDF

2012

  • 5/8/12
    Jurisdictional Separations and Referral to the Federal-State Joint Board: Extended until June 30, 2014 the existing freeze of the Federal Communications Commission's rules regarding jurisdictional separationsWord PDF

2011

  • 5/4/11
    Separations Freeze Extension Report & Order: This Report and Order extends until June 30, 2012 the existing freeze of the Federal Communications Commission’s rules regarding jurisdictional separations. Specifically, the Commission extends the existing freeze of Part 36 category relationships and jurisdictional cost allocation factors. Word PDF

2010

  • 9/17/10
    Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations Announces September 24 2010 Meeting and Roundtable discussion of Jurisdictional Separations Reform. CC Docket No. 80-286
    Public Notice: Word | Acrobat
  • 5/25/10
    Separations Freeze Extension Report & Order: In this order, the Commission extends the existing freeze of Part 36 category relationships and jurisdictional cost allocation factors until June 30, 2011. Word | Acrobat
  • 4/8/10
    Separations Freeze NPRM Comment Dates: The Wireline Competition Bureau released a public notice announcing Federal Register publication of the separations freeze extension notice of proposed rulemaking. Comments are due April 19, 2010 and reply comments are due April 26, 2010. Word | Acrobat
  • 3/30/10
    Public Notice for Comment on Interim and Comprehensive Reform: In this Public Notice, the Federal-State Joint Board on Separations seeks comment on a proposal for interim adjustments to jurisdictional separations allocation factors and category relationships pending comprehensive reform and seeks comment on comprehensive reform. Word | Acrobat
  • 3/29/10
    Separations Freeze NPRM : In this notice of proposed rulemaking the Commission seeks comment on extending for one year, until June 30, 2011, the current freeze of jurisdictional separations category relationships and cost allocation factors in Part 36 of the Commission's rules. Word | Acrobat

2009

  • 12/17/09
    Joints Board Appointments Order: This order appoints Commissioners Clyburn and Baker to the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service and the Federal-State Joint Board on Separations, and appoints the two commissioners and Chairman Genachowski to the Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Telecommunications Services. Word | Acrobat
  • 5/15/09
    Separations Freeze Extension Report and Order: In this order the Commission extends until June 30, 2010, the current freeze of Part 36 category relationships and jurisdictional cost allocation factors and refers to the Federal-State Joint Board on Separations review of the Commission’s jurisdictional separations rules to consider how the rules can be effectively reformed. Word | Acrobat
  • 5/14/09
    State Joint Board Member Appointment Order: Pursuant to section 410(c) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, the Commission appoints the Honorable Thomas W. Pugh, Commissioner, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, to serve on the Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations. Word | Acrobat
  • 4/3/09
    Separations Freeze NPRM Comment Dates The Wireline Competition Bureau released a public notice announcing Federal Register publication of the separations freeze extension notice of proposed rulemaking. Comments are due April 17, 2009 and reply comments are due April 24, 2009. Word | Acrobat
  • 3/27/09
    Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Separations Freeze. The Commission seeks comment on extending the current freeze on jurisdictional separations for one year, until June 30, 2010. Comments will be due 14 days after publication in the Federal Register and reply comments will be due 21 days after publication in the Federal Register. Word | Acrobat
  • 3/19/09
    Public Notice National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) Separation Rules. The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a NTCA request that the Commission clarify and/or waive Part 36 separation rules (allocation of costs between intrastate and interstate jurisdictions) to allow rate-of-return ILECS to assign and allocate to the interstate jurisdiction all general and administrative costs associated with audits by the OIG or USAC. Comments are due April 20, 2009 and reply comments are due May 5, 2009. Word | Acrobat

2008

  • 05/23/08
    Order In this Order, the Commission appoints the Honorable Steve Kolbeck, Vice Chairman, South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, and the Honorable Anthony Palermino, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control, to serve on the Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations. Word | Acrobat

2007

  • 08/31/07
    Public Notice On November 21, 2006, Gila River Telecommunications Inc. (GRTI) filed a petition seeking a waiver of sections 36.3; 36.123-126, 36.152-157, and 36.372-382 of the Commission’s rules to unfreeze GRTI’s category relationships. In this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on GRTI’s petition. Comments due October 1, 2007; reply comments due October 15, 2007. Word | Acrobat

2006

  • 05/16/06
    Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: The Commission address several pending issues related to the jurisdictional separations process by which incumbent local exchange carriers apportion regulated costs between the intrastate and interstate jurisdictions. The Commission adopt a FNPRM seeking comment on issues relating to reform of the jurisdictional separations process. Word | Acrobat

    Comments: Comments filed 08/22/06.

    Reply Comments: Reply Comments filed 11/20/06.

2005

  • Order. The Commission apoints Mark K. Johnson to serve on the Federal State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations. (Dkt. 80-286, 2/25/05) FCC 05-44 Word
  • Public Notice. The The Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separation Seeks Comment in Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) Issues (Dkt No.80-286, 3/2/05) DA 05- 535 Word

2002

  • Order. The Commission appoints the Honorable John D. Burke, Vermont Public Service Board, the Honorable Judith G. Ripley, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, and the Honorable Paul Kjellander, Idaho Public Utilities Commission, to serve on the Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations. (Dkt No.80-286, 2/5/02) DA 02- 279 Word
  • Public Notice. The Common Carrier Bureau released a Public Notice announcing that the Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations will be holding an en banc hearing on comprehensive separations reform, from 10:30 to 12:00 noon on 2/13/02. (Dkt No.80-286, 2/5/02) DA 02- 279 Text | Word | Agenda

2001

  • Errata. Common Carrier Bureau clarifies that reply comments in the "Glide Path" proceeding are due on or before March 8, 2002. Comments are still due on or before January 22, 2002. ( Dkt No. 80-286, 12/26/01) DA 01-2973 Text | Word
  • Public Notice. The Common Carrier Bureau released a Public Notice seeking comment on Options for Separations: A Paper Prepared by the State Members of the Federal-State Joint Board on Separations" (Glide Path Paper), filed on December 19, 2001. ( Dkt No. 80-286, 12/20/01) DA 01-2973. Comments due January 22, 2002; Reply Comments due March 8, 2002. Text | Word | Glide Path Paper | Glide Path Cover Letter
  • Order. The Common Carrier Bureau released an Order that amends section 36.154(a) of the Commission's rules to correct typographical errors committed by the Federal Register, so that the rule published in the CFR will match the rule actually adopted by the Commission. ( Dkt No. 78-72, 80-286, 10/18/01) DA 01-2427 Acrobat | Text
  • Order. The Commission released an Order appointing the Honorable Kevin J. Martin and the Honorable Michael J. Copps, Commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission, to serve on the Federal-State Joint Board on Separations. ( Dkt No. 96-45, 7/12/01) FCC 01-203 Text | Word
  • Order. The Common Carrier Bureau grants a limited waiver of section 36.3(b) of our rules, in response to a Joint Petition filed by the National Exchange Carrier Association, the United States Telephone Association, the National Telephone Cooperative Association, the National Rural Telecom Association, and the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies. (Dkt No. CC-88-286, 6/26/01) DA No. 01-1505 Text | Word
  • Order. The Commission adopted a Report and Order establishing a five-year interim "freeze" of the Part 36 jurisdictional separations process. (Dkt No. 80-286, 5/22/01) FCC No. 01-162. Text | Word
  • Public Notice. The Common Carrier Bureau released a Public Notice seeking comment on Moultrie Independent Telephone Company's Request for Clarification of the Affiliate Sale/Lease-back Rules under Part 36 of the Commission's Rules. Comments Due: Februrary 16, 2001. Reply Comments Due: Februrary 26, 2001. (Dkt No. CC-96-45, 2/2/01) DA No. 01-267 Word

2000

  • Public Notice. Common Carrier Bureau released a Public Notice seeking comment on the Recommended Decision issued by the Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations to freeze jurisdictional allocation factors and category relationships. Comments due 15 days from Federal Register publication; Reply comments due 25 days from Federal Register publication. This Public Notice is substantially similar to a public notice released on August 15, 2000, (DA No. 00-1865) which inadvertently was not published in the Federal Register. CC Docket 80-286, DA No. 00-2433 Text | Word 10/30/00
  • Public Notice. Common Carrier Bureau released a Public Notice seeking comment on the Recommended Decision of the Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations, FCC 00J-2, released July 21, 2000, involving an interim freeze of the jurisdictional allocation factors and category relationships. Released. Comment Date: September 25, 2000; Reply Comment Date: October 10, 2000. (DA No. 00-1865). Dkt No.: CC- 80-286, Text | Word 8/15/00
  • Order. Federal-State Joint Board on Separations released a Recommended Decision recommending that the Commission institute an interim freeze of the Part 36 category relationships and jurisdictional allocation factors for price cap carriers and jurisdictional allocation factors only for rate-of-return carriers. CC Docket No. 80-286, FCC 00J-2. Text | Word 7/21/00
  • Order. In conjunction with the Recommended Decision (Adopted July 19, 2000), the Common Carrier Bureau released a Protective Order, which will allow interested parties to review the underlying data used by the Federal-State Joint Board on Separations in analyzing various separations freeze options by means of the State Members' Separations Simulation Tool. CC Docket No. 80-286, DA 00-1638. Text | Word 7/21/00
 
Updated: April 9, 2014
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