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12/26/07
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Allo Communications, seeking waiver of the September 28, 2007, filing deadline associated with the receipt of universal service support pursuant to section 54.802 of the Commission’s rules. Comments on the petition are due by January 25, 2008, and reply comments are due by February 11, 2008.

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12/26/07
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau released a Public Notice initiating a proceeding to consider USCOC of Greater Missouri, LLC d/b/a U.S. Cellular's petition for redefinition of certain rural telephone company study areas in the state of Missouri. Comments in the proceeding are due by January 25, 2008, and reply comments are due by February 11, 2008.
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12/20/07
WCB sends letter congratulating RHC Pilot Program selected participants and reminding them of the program’s competitive bid requirements.
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12/20/07
Order: In this order, the Wireline Competition Bureau approves NECA's and USAC's proposed 2008 high-cost loop and local switching support formulas for providing universal service support to average schedule companies.

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12/17/07
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau has under consideration a Request for Review filed by Troup County school System, LaGrange, Georgia (Troup County), seeking review of a Funding Year 2006 Universal Service Administrative Company, Inc. (USAC) decision in which USAC denied schools and libraries universal service funding because the applicant's contracts were not signed by both parties prior to the filing of the FCC Form 471. We grant Troup County’s Motion to Dismiss Appeal and, accordingly, dismisses Troup County’s Request for Review.
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12/13/07
Public Notice: Virgin Mobile: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on four petitions filed by Virgin Mobile USA, L.P. (Virgin Mobile). One petition requests that the Commission forbear from applying the requirement in section 214(e)(1)(A) of the Act that an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) offer services supported by the universal service fund using either its own facilities or a combination of its own facilities and resale of another carrier’s services. In the remaining three petitions, Virgin Mobile seeks designation as an ETC, only for purposes of participation in the Lifeline/Link Up program, in the state of New York and the commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Virginia. Comments are due January 14, 2008 and reply comments are due January 29, 2008.
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12/13/07
Public Notice: TracFone: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on two petitions filed by TracFone Wireless, Inc. seeking designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC), only for purposes of participating in the Lifeline program, in the states of Delaware and New Hampshire. Comments are due January 14, 2008 and reply comments are due January 29, 2008.
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12/12/07
Order: In this Order, we grant 13 appeals of 12 petitioners that were denied funding because USAC determined that the consortia leaders did not provide evidence of their authority to represent their respective consortium members. We find that the petitioners have provided evidence to the Commission on appeal demonstrating that each consortia member knew it was represented, and consented to its representation, on the applications. For five petitioners, consistent with our reasoning in the South Carolina CIO Order, we find that USAC should not have denied the requests for failure to comply with a new USAC procedure for FY2005 because USAC did not provide sufficient notice for consortia applicants to comply with the new policy. For four petitioners, we find that evidence submitted on appeal either remedies any deficiencies in their LOAs or is consistent with USAC's guidance that documentation other than LOAs may be accepted as proof of authorization. Finally, for three petitioners, we find that the failure to specify the timeframe covered by the LOA is not sufficient to deny the entire application.
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12/12/07
Order: In this Order, we grant 10 requests for reversal of late fees associated with the filing of the FCC Form 499-A for 2007. We find that good cause exists to grant the requests, as more fully discussed below. We further direct the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and the other plan administrators to reverse any late payment fees that have been assessed on the applicants listed in the attached Appendix.
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12/12/07
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau released an order granting a request from Bristol Bay Cellular Partnership (Bristol Bay), a competitive eligible telecommunications carrier in Alaska, for a waiver of section 54.307(b) of the Commission’s rules. Specifically, due to the unique circumstances presented by Bristol Bay, the order waives the requirement that subscriber line count data submitted for purposes of obtaining universal service support be based on the subscriber’s billing address.
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12/4/07
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Osirus Communications, Inc., seeking waiver of Commission rules to allow it to join the National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA) and to receive immediate universal service support. Comments are due January 3, 2008 and reply comments are due January 18, 2008.
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11/29/07
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by CC Cellular, seeking waiver of the March 30, 2007, filing deadline associated with the receipt of universal service funds pursuant to sections 54.307(c)(4) of the Commission's rules. Interested parties may file comments on or before December 29, 2007 and reply comments on or before January 13, 2008.
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11/29/07
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Hargray Wireless, LLC, pursuant to section 54.207 of the Commission's rules, requesting the Commission's agreement with the decision of the South Carolina Public Service Commission to redefine the service area of United Telephone Company of the Carolinas d/b/a Embarq at the wire center level. Interested parties may file comments on or before December 29, 2007 and reply comments on or before January 13, 2008.
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11/26/07
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau released a Public Notice initiating a proceeding to consider Triangle Communication System, Inc.'s petition for redefinition of certain rural telephone company study areas in the state of Montana. Comments in the proceeding are due by December 26, 2007, and reply comments are due by January 10, 2008.
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11/20/07
Recommended Decision: Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service Issues Recommended Decision on High-Cost Reform.
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FCC Chairman Martin Statement: Word | Acrobat
FCC Commissioner Copps Statement: Word | Acrobat
FCC Commissioner Tate Statement: Word | Acrobat
Commissioner Ray Baum Statement: Word | Acrobat
Chairman Lisa Polak Edgar Statement: Word | Acrobat
Commissioner Larry S. Landis Statement: Word | Acrobat
Commissioner John D. Burke Statement: Word | Acrobat
Assistant Attorney General Public Counsel Simon ffitch Statement: Word | Acrobat

 

11/19/07
FCC Launches Initiative to Increase Access to Health Care in Rural America Through Broadband Telehealth. WCB Docket No. 02-60.
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11/9/07
Public Notice: Comment is sought on petitions filed by Saddleback Communications, Gila River Telecommunications, Inc., and Pine Belt Cellular, Inc. seeking waivers of the October 1, 2007, deadline for Commission-designated eligible telecommunications carriers to file annual reports pursuant to section 54.209 of the Commission’s rules. Comments are due by November 23, 2007 and reply comments are due by November 30, 2007. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

11/6/07
Public Notice: Comment is sought on a petition filed by Texas RSA 8 South Limited Partnership d/b/a Westex Wireless seeking waiver of filing deadlines associated with the receipt of universal service funds, pursuant to sections 54.307(c)(2), 54.802(a), and 54.903(a) of the Commission’s rules. Comments are due by December 6, 2007 and reply comments are due by December 21, 2007. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

11/6/07
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| Text

 

10/30/07
Order: Joseph Jingoli & Son, Inc., et al. In this Order, the Telecommunications Access Policy Division granted 13 appeals of decisions by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) denying funding from the E-rate program, on the grounds that Petitioners sought cancellation of their funding requests. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

10/22/07
Public Notice: TCA High-Cost Waiver Petition: Comment is sought on a petition by The Community Cable Television Agency of O'Brien County d/b/a The Community Agency and TCA (TCA) seeking wavier of the December 31, 2006, filing deadlines associated with the receipt of universal service funds pursuant to sections 54.307 and 54.802 of the Commission's rules. Comments are due by November 21, 2007 and reply comments are due by December 6, 2007. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

10/22/07
Public Notice: United States Cellular Redefinition: Comment is sought on a petition filed by United States Cellular requesting the Commission’s agreement with the decision of the Nebraska Public Service Commission to redefine the service areas of certain rural telephone companies in Nebraska at the wire center level. Comments are due by November 21, 2007 and reply comments are due by December 6, 2007. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

10/19/07
Public Notice: Funding Year 2008 Eligible Services List: On October 19, 2007, the Commission released the Funding Year 2008 Eligible Services List (ESL) for the schools and libraries universal service support mechanism pursuant to section 54.522 of the Commission’s rules.
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10/5/07
Public Notice: Comment is sought on the National Exchange Carrier Association, Inc.'s 2008 modification of average schedule universal service high-cost loop support formula, and on the Universal Service Administrative Company's 2008 average schedule company local switching support formula. Comments are due November 5, 2007 and reply comments are due November 20, 2007. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

10/5/07
Public Notice: Comment is sought on the petition for study area waiver filed jointly by Beaver Creek Cooperative Telephone Company and Qwest Corporation. Comments on the petition are due November 5, 2007 and reply comments are due November 20, 2007. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

9/28/07
Order: Pursuant to sections 254(a)(1) and 410 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) appoints Simon ffitch, Assistant Attorney General, Chief, Public Counsel Section, Attorney General of Washington, to serve on the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, effective October 1, 2007. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

9/27/07
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a high-cost filing deadline waiver petition filed by Dixie-Net Communications, Inc. Dixie-Net is seeking a waiver of the June 30, 2007 filing deadline required by section 54.802 of the Commission's rules. Comments on the petition are due October 29, 2007 and reply comments are due November 13, 2007. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

9/27/07
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by USCOC of Greater Missouri, Inc. d/b/a U.S. Cellular requesting the Commission’s agreement with the decision of the Missouri Public Service Commission to redefine the service areas of certain rural telephone companies in Missouri at the wire center level. Comments on the petition are due October 29, 2007 and reply comments are due November 13, 2007. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

9/21/07
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| Text

 

9/20/07
Order: The Telecommunications Access Policy Division adopted a protective order to provide limited access to confidential information in Centennial USVI Operations Corp.'s petition for designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

9/20/07
Order: The Telecommunications Access Policy Division adopted a protective order to provide limited access to confidential information in Choice Communications LLC's petition for designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

9/6/07
Public Notice: The Universal Service Joint Board continues to work on the issue of fundamental reform. This document reflects a tentative agreement among the board members on the principles that may guide their deliberations. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

8/31/07
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 and reply comments due October 15, 2007. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

8/30/07
Public Notice: The Wireline competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Decatur Telephone Company seeking waiver of the June 30, 2007, filing deadline associated with the receipt of universal service funds pursuant to section 54.904 of the Commission's rules. Comments due October 1, 2007 and reply comments due October 15, 2007. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

8/29/07
Public Notice: American Telecommunications Systems, Inc.: In the Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) seeks comment on two applications for review of WCB orders denying universal service fund contributor appeals by American Cyber corp. et al. American Telecommunications Systems, Inc. Comments are due September 13, 2007 and reply comments are due September 28, 2007. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

8/29/07
Public Notice: Triangle Communication Redefinition: In the Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) seeks comment on two applications for review of WCB orders denying universal service fund contributor appeals by American Cyber corp. et al. American Telecommunications Systems, Inc. Comments are due September 28, 2007 and reply comments are due October 15, 2007. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

8/29/07
News Release: FCC Takes Further Action to Safeguard Universal Service Fund From Risk of Waste, Fraud and Abuse.
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8/16/07
Public Notice: Extension of Katrina Relief Order: In the Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for a further waiver to extend relief provided in the Katrina Relief Order under the E-rate program for schools and libraries in Louisiana and Mississippi for Funding Year 2007. 8/16/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

8/16/07
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by ICORE, Inc. on behalf of Pattersonville Telephone Company, seeking waiver of the June 30, 2007 filing deadline associated with the receipt of interstate common line support universal service funds pursuant to section 54.903 of the Commission's rules. Comments on the petition are due September 17, 2007 and reply comments are due October 2, 2007. 8/16/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

8/15/07
Order: The Telecommunications Access Policy Division adopted a protective order to provide limited access to confidential information in Corr Wireless Communications LLC's petition for designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier in Alabama. 8/15/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

8/15/07
Order: The Telecommunications Access Policy Division adopted a protective order to provide limited access to confidential information in NEP Cellcorp, Inc.'s petition for designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier in Pennsylvania. 8/15/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

8/15/07
Order: The Telecommunications Access Policy Division adopted a protective order to provide limited access to confidential information in Cingular Wireless LLC's petition for designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier in Georgia. 8/15/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

8/15/07
Public Notice: In this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on two petitions seeking eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) designations. One petition was filed by NEP Cellcorp, Inc., which is seeking ETC designation in Pennsylvania, and the other was filed by Corr Wireless Communications LLC, which is seeking ETC designation in Alabama. Comments on the petitions are due August 29, 2007 and reply comments are due September 5, 2007. 8/15/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

8/13/07
Order: In this order, Telecommunications Access Policy Division grants Sagebrush Cellular, Inc. (Sagebrush) a waiver of the certification filing deadline in section 54.904(d) of the Commission's rules to allow Sagebrush to receive Interstate Common Line Support from the date of its ETC designation. 8/13/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

8/8/07
Public Notice: In this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a study area waiver petition filed by Qwest. Qwest seeks a waiver of the study area boundary freeze to allow it to transfer a territory in Wyoming to RT Communications. Comments on the petition are due September 7, 2007, and reply comments are due September 24, 2007. 8/8/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

8/6/07
Order: The Commission denied a petition filed by Iowa Telecommunications Services, Inc. requesting that the Commission forbear from enforcing certain sections of the Commission’s rules to permit Iowa Telecom to be eligible for high-cost universal service support under the non-rural mechanism, rather than under the high-cost loop support mechanism for rural carriers. 8/6/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

8/1/07
Public Notice: In this Public Notice, comment is sought on two petitions for waiver of universal service line count filing rules, filed by Vantage Point and WeavTel Communications LLC. Comments on the petitions are due August 31, 2007, and reply comments are due September 17, 2007. 8/1/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

8/1/07
Order: This order grants Centennial Communications Corp.'s request to extend the reply comment deadline on its request for review and reversal of a decision by USAC regarding the “true-up” of interstate common line support (ICLS) universal service payments disbursed to Centennial Puerto Rico in 2004. The deadline for filing reply comments is extended from August 13, 2007 to August 31, 2007. 8/1/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

7/27/07
Public Notice: The Commission today sought comment on USAC’s proposed schools and libraries program eligible services list (ESL) for Funding Year 2008. The changes that are being proposed for the Funding Year 2008 ESL include (1) treating Centrex service as basic telephone service for purposes of the schools and libraries program with the intention of eliminating the requirement that applicants file a technology plan for Centrex service; (2) clarifying that the basic conduit access to the Internet for the purpose of accessing distance learning and video conferencing is eligible for funding in the Internet access category but distance learning and video conferencing tools are not eligible for funding; and (3) clarifying that program participants are not required to provide cost allocation for calendaring functions ancillary to E-mail service. Comments are due Aug. 10, 2007 and reply comments are due Aug. 17, 2007. 7/27/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

7/11/07
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau announces the availability of revised FCC Forms 472, 473, 474, 479, 486 and 500. The revised forms are posted on the web site of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) at www.usac.org. 7/11/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

7/10/07
Public Notice: In this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau announces that an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) in a state with its own state-based Low-Income program must submit a certification, signed by an officer of the company to USAC by August 31, 2007, and on August 31 of each subsequent year thereafter, attesting that the ETC has complied with state lifeline verification procedures. ETCs in federal default states must also submit their annual Lifeline verification survey results to USAC by August 31, 2007. 7/10/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

7/10/07
Public Notice: In this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on Sprint's Petition requesting a declaratory ruling concerning a Kansas Corporation Commission ruling that requires an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) to apply federal Lifeline support to reduce the cost of any rate plan offered by an ETC, as opposed to only the carrier’s lowest-cost generally available rate plan. Sprint requests that the Commission find that the Kansas ruling violates section 47 U.S.C. § 254(f) of the Act. Sprint also asks the Commission to declare that the Kansas ruling violates 47 U.S.C. § 332(c)(3)(A). Comment Date: August 9,2007. Reply Comment Date: August 24, 2007. 7/10/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

7/9/07
Public Notice: Comment is sought on a petition filed by TDS, FairPoint, and Burke's Garden Telephone Company, seeking revocation of Sprint/Nextel's ETC designation in Virginia. Comments on the petition are due August 8, 2007, and reply comments are due August 23, 2007. 7/9/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

7/2/07
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition denied the appeal filed by Radiant Telecom, Inc. seeking review of the Universal Service Administrative Company's Decision on Contributor Appeal. 7/2/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

6/27/07
Public Notice: Released 6/27/07, Comment sought on Centennial Communications Corp.’s request for review of a USAC decision regarding the true-up of interstate common line support universal service payments for Puerto Rico in 2004. Comments on the request for review are due July 27, 2007, and reply comments are due August 13, 2007. 6/19/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

6/19/07
Public Notice: Oblio filed a petition for declaratory ruling requesting (1) to have the Commission declare that a wholesale telecommunications carrier may not refuse to honor a telecommunication reseller’s proof of exemption from USF pass-through charges where the reseller has certified that it is a direct contributor to the USF; (2) a declaration of the obligation of the wholesale telecommunications carrier to refund collected USF charges where the reseller has provided the wholesale telecommunications carrier a certification letter; and (3) a declaration that AT&T’s refusal to honor Oblio's refund request, while providing refunds to other resellers amounts to a discriminatory practice under §202(a) of the Act. At 2. 6/19/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

6/19/07
Public Notice: The Bureau released a Public Notice seeking comment on six petitions seeking waivers of various filing requirements associated with the receipt of universal service support pursuant to the Commission’s rules. The petitions were filed by the Illinois Commerce Commission; Pine Cellular Phones, Inc.; Grande Communications Network, Inc.; Range Telephone Cooperative, Inc.; Prairie Wave Black Hills, L.L.C.; and Farmers Mutual Telephone Company. Comments on the petitions are due July 19, 2007 and reply comments are due August 3, 2007. 6/19/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

Public Notice: The Bureau released a Public Notice seeking comment on petitions for waiver of section 36.611 and 36.612 of the Commission’s rules filed by Allband Communications Cooperative and Direct Communications Cedar Valley. Comments on the petitions are due July 19, 2007 and reply comments are due August 3, 2007. 6/19/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

Public Notice: The Bureau released a Public Notice seeking comment on a petition for study area waiver filed by El Paso Telephone Company and Qwest Corporation. Comments on the petition are due July 19, 2007 and reply comments are due August 3, 2007. 6/19/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

6/12/07
Order: On June 12, 2007, the Commission released an order granting an extension of time for parties to file reply comments in response to the May 14, 2007 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which sought comment on the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service’s recommendation that the Commission adopt an interim, emergency cap on high-cost universal service support for competitive eligible telecommunications carriers. The reply comment date is changed from June 13, 2007, to June 21, 2007. 6/12/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

6/11/07
Public Notice: Pursuant to section 54.709(a)(3) of the Commission’s rules, on May 2, 2007, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) submitted projections of demand and administrative expenses for the Federal Universal Service Fund for the Third Quarter of 2007. According to USAC’s projections, $650 million in unused funds from Funding Years 2001 through 2004 is available to carry forward to increase disbursements to schools and libraries via the schools and libraries universal service mechanism. Section 54.507(a)(2) of the Commission’s rules states, in pertinent part, that "all funds that are collected and that are unused from prior years shall be available for use in the next full funding year of the schools and libraries mechanism in accordance with the public interest and notwithstanding the annual cap." 6/11/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

6/4/07
Order: On May 21, 2007, Dobson Cellular System and the American Cellular Corporation (Dobson/ACC) filed a petition seeking the Commission's agreement with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission's redefinition of certain rural incumbent local exchange carriers. Pursuant to section 54.207(c)(2) of the Commission's rules, the Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on Dobson/ACC's petition. Comment Date: 7/5/07. Reply Comment: 7/19/07. 6/4/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

5/25/07
Order: On October 10, 2006, Twin Valley Telephone, Inc. (Twin Valley) filed a Petition for Clarification of the effective date of the Wireline Competition Bureau’s order granting it waivers of the study area boundary freeze and section 69.3(e)(11) of the Commission’s rules. On April 26, 2006, Twin Valley filed a request to withdraw the Petition for Clarification. We grant Twin Valley’s request for withdrawal. 5/25/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

5/24/07
Order: On March 5, 2007, Alenco Communications, Inc. (Alenco), et al., filed a petition seeking a declaratory ruling that customer equipment used in connection with fixed or mobile satellite service is not within the definition of “facilities” as used in section 214(e) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. On April 25, 2007, the Wireline Competition Bureau released a Public Notice requesting that comments on the Alenco Petition be filed by May 25, 2007 and reply comments by June 11, 2007. On May 16, 2007, DialToneServices, L.P. (DTS) filed a letter seeking to extend the comment and reply comment deadlines by six weeks. DTS states that the extension would enable parties and the Commission to develop a more complete record of the important issues raised in the petition. On May 18, 2007, Alenco, the Texas Telephone Association, the Texas Statewide Telephone Cooperative, Inc., and others (collectively Petitioners) filed a letter responding to DTS’ request, and arguing that a six-week extension was unwarranted. Instead, the Petitioners suggest extending the comment and reply comment deadlines by two weeks. Comments Due: June 22, 2007. Reply Comments Due: July 9, 2007. 5/24/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

5/23/07
Public Notice: On May 14, 2007, the Commission released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, seeking comment on the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service’s recommendation that the Commission adopt an interim, emergency cap on high-cost universal service support for competitive eligible telecommunications carriers. The Commission set the comment and reply comment deadlines as 14 and 21 days, respectively, after publication of the Notice in the Federal Register. On May 23, 2007, a summary of the Notice appeared in the Federal Register. Accordingly, comments will be due on June 6, 2007, and reply comments will be due on June 13, 2007. 5/23/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

5/18/07
Order: In this order, the Wireline Competition Bureau grants 27 appeals of decisions by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). USAC denied funding on the grounds that the requests for telecommunications service were from service providers that do not provide telecommunications on a common carrier basis and therefore were not eligible for direct reimbursement from the E-Rate program. Because the Petitioners may have used incorrect Service Provider Information Numbers (SPINs), the order grants the Petitioners the opportunity to correct the SPINs. 5/18/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

5/18/07
Public Notice: The SECA (State E-Rate Coordinators Assoc.) PN establishes a comment cycle for a petition for reconsideration of our recent order (DA 07-1272, rel. 3/13/07) granting AT&T's petition for clarification of the E-rate billing rules filed by SECA. In its petition, SECA argues that AT&T's billing system requires applicants to pay the entire amount of the billed charges by the due date, including the discounted and non-discounted portions, regardless of when the applicant receives the reimbursement check from AT&T. SECA notes that all other companies have been able to implement discounted billing. Comment Date: June 1, 2007. Reply Comment Date: June 15, 2007. 5/18/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

5/18/07
Public Notice: The Eureka / Value Added PN establishes a comment cycle for two petitions seeking review of WCBs Reseller Order. In the Reseller Order, the Bureau denied petitions filed by Eureka and Value-Added, both resellers of telecommunication services, challenging USAC’s decisions not to recognize USF contributions which petitioners contended they made indirectly through underlying carriers. Comment Date: June 1, 2007. Reply Comment Date: June 15, 2007. 5/18/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

5/14/07
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: In this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Notice), we seek comment on the recommendation of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service (Joint Board) that the Commission take immediate action to rein in the explosive growth in high-cost universal service support disbursements. Specifically, we seek comment on the Joint Board’s recommendation that the Commission impose an interim, emergency cap on the amount of high-cost support that competitive eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) may receive. The Joint Board also recommended that both it and the Commission further explore comprehensive high-cost distribution reform, and sought comment on various reform proposals in a Public Notice released on the same day as the Recommended Decision. 5/14/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

5/14/07
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau initiates a proceeding to consider a petition by Dobson Cellular Systems, Inc. and its affiliate American Cellular Corporation to redefine the service areas of twelve rural telephone companies in the state of Oklahoma. Due to creamskimming concerns in four of the service areas, the Public Notice initiates a proceeding to examine the request. Comment Date: June 13, 2007. Reply Comment Date: June 28, 2007. 5/14/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

5/11/07
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. 5/11/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

5/8/07
Order: In this Order, the Commission grants in part and denies in part Macomb Intermediate School District Technology Consortium’s (Macomb ISD) Request for Review. Macomb ISD requested the same type of Internet access (T-3 lines) from three separate service providers. The order finds that Macomb ISD violated the Commission’s competitive bidding rules by not selecting the bids that were the most cost-effective. We find, however, that Macomb ISD is entitled to E-rate program funding for the T-3 lines in an amount associated with the least expensive of the services, consistent with the Commission’s rules on competitive bidding. 5/8/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

5/8/07
Order: In this Order, the Bureau grants 62 appeals and denies one pertaining to applicants that were denied E-rate program funding on the grounds that they did not wait 28 days after their FCC Form 470s were posted on the USAC website before entering into an agreement with a service provider or submitting their FCC Form 471s for the requested services. 5/8/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

5/8/07
Order: In this Order, the Commission grants 17 Requests for Review of decisions by USAC denying petitioners’ requests for funding under the E-rate program because more than 30 percent of the funding requests were for entities ineligible for E-Rate support. The Commission finds that 11 petitioners have provided sufficient evidence that the entities for which they sought discounted services were eligible for support and that four petitioners have provided sufficient evidence justifying further review by USAC. For the remaining two petitioners, the Commission holds that the Commission’s 30 percent rule is not applicable to the petitioners’ applications. 5/8/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

5/8/07
Order: In this Order, the Commission grants 59 appeals of decisions by USAC denying petitioners’ requests for funding under the E-rate program because applicants violated section 54.504(d) of the Commission’s rules, which requires USAC to deny a request for E-rate support if 30 percent or more of a request for discounts is for ineligible services. The Commission finds that 23 petitioners provided sufficient evidence to demonstrate that at least 70 percent of the requested services are eligible for support. For the remaining 36 petitioners, the Commission finds that good cause exists to justify, on our own motion, waivers of section 54.504(d). 5/8/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

5/8/07
Order: In this Order, the Commission grants 56 Requests for Review of decisions by USAC denying petitioners’ requests for funding under the E-rate program because the applicants failed to demonstrate access to the resources required to effectively use the requested eligible services or to pay their non-discounted share for the services. In this order, the Commission finds that the petitioners either provided sufficient evidence to demonstrate they had the resources to make effective use of the requested eligible services or they should have an additional opportunity to provide the documentation to USAC.  Accordingly, the Commission grants the appeals and remands the underlying applications to USAC for further action consistent with the Order. 5/8/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

5/1/07
News Release: The Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service recommended that the Federal Communications Commission take immediate action to rein in explosive growth in high-cost universal service support disbursements. The Joint Board is also seeking comment on proposals for long-term, comprehensive reform of the high-cost program. 5/1/07. Word |Acrobat

 

5/1/07
Public Notice: In this Public Notice, the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service (Joint Board) seeks comment on various proposals to reform the high-cost universal service support mechanisms. In a companion Recommended Decision released today, the Joint Board recommends that the Commission take immediate action to rein in the explosive growth in high-cost universal service support disbursements by imposing an interim, emergency cap on the amount of high-cost support that competitive eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) may receive. The Joint Board is committed to making further recommendations regarding long term, comprehensive high-cost universal service reform within six months. To assist the Joint Board in accomplishing this goal, we seek comment on several proposals that have been placed in the record since the close of the last comment cycle, as well as other possible reforms. The Joint Board expects parties to put forth detailed, comprehensive proposals within this comment cycle. Comments on the Public Notice are due May 31, 2007, and reply comments are due July 2, 2007. 5/1/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

5/1/07
Recommended Decision: In this Recommended Decision, the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service (Joint Board) recommends that the Commission take immediate action to rein in the explosive growth in high-cost universal service support disbursements. Specifically, we recommend that the Commission impose an interim, emergency cap on the amount of high-cost support that competitive eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) may receive for each state based on the average level of competitive ETC support distributed in that state in 2006. We also recommend that the Joint Board and the Commission further explore comprehensive high-cost distribution reform. As part of that effort, today in a companion Public Notice we seek comment on various proposals to reform the high-cost universal service support mechanisms. We also commit to making further recommendations regarding comprehensive high-cost universal service reform within six months of this Recommended Decision. Finally, we recommend that the Commission act on these further recommendations within one year from the date of our further recommended decision. 5/1/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

4/25/07
Public Notice: Public Notice seeks comment on a petition for declaratory ruling and preemption of a Texas PUC order filed by a group of rural carriers. The petitioners request that the Commission issue a declaratory ruling affirming that rooftop or pole-mounted antenna used with fixed satellite service and mobile handset and accessories used with mobile satellite service do not satisfy the "facilities" requirement of sec. 214(e) of the Act. The petitioners also seek an order preempting the Texas PUC's designation of DialToneServices (DTS) as an ETC, because DTS does not meet section 214(e)'s facilities requirement. Comments on the petition are due May 25, 2007, and reply comments are due June 11, 2007. 4/25/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

4/25/07
Public Notice: Public Notice seeks comment on a petition by the State E-rate Coordinators Alliance for clarification and/or waiver of E-rate rules concerning technology plan creation and approval under the schools and libraries universal service support mechanism. Comments on the petition are due May 10, 2007, and reply comments are due May 25, 2007. 4/25/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

4/17/07
Order on Reconsideration: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) grants and remands a Petition for Reconsideration filed by the Virginia State Department of Education (Virginia DOE) asking the Bureau to reconsider its order denying Virginia DOE’s Request for Review of a decision issued by the Universal Service Administrative Company. 4/17/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

4/16/07
Notice of Inquiry: This Notice of Inquiry (Notice) begins our fifth inquiry under section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (the 1996 Act) into “whether advanced telecommunications capability is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion.” We seek comment on various market, investment, and technological trends in order for the Commission to analyze and assess whether infrastructure capable of supporting advanced services is being made available to all Americans. 4/16/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

4/10/07
Order: In this 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. 4/10/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

4/10/07
Order: In this Order, 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. 4/10/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

4/6/07
Order: In this order, pursuant to section 10(c) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the Act), the Wireline Competition Bureau extend by 90 days the date by which the petition requesting forbearance filed by Iowa Telecommunications Services, Inc. (Iowa Telecom) shall be deemed granted in the absence of a Commission decision that the petition fails to meet the standards for forbearance under section 10(a) of the Act. 4/6/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

4/3/07
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau grant a joint request from SRT Communications, Inc. (SRT) and North Dakota Telephone Company (NDTC) (collectively, the Petitioners) for a waiver of the study area boundary freeze codified in the Appendix-Glossary of Part 36 of the Commission’s rules. This waiver will permit NDTC to remove the Velva exchange comprising approximately 720 lines from its North Dakota study area and will permit SRT to add that exchange to its existing North Dakota study area. We also grant SRT’s request for waiver of section 69.3(e)(11) of the Commission’s rules so that it can include the acquired exchange in the National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA) common line tariff. 4/3/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

4/2/07
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Northwest Missouri Cellular Limited Partnership pursuant to section 54.207 of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. section 54.207, requesting the Commission's agreement with the decision of the Missouri Publi Service Commission to redefine the study areas of three rural telephone companies at the wire center level. Comment Date: April 16, 2007. Reply Comment Date: April 23, 2007. 4/2/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

3/29/07
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau grant Cellular South's petition for waiver of sections 54.904(d) of the Commission's rules to enable Cellular South to receive Interstate Common Line Support as of its ETC designation date. Specifically, Cellular South seeks waiver of a filing deadline that occurred prior to its ETC designation date. We find that Cellular South has demonstrated good cause to grant this waiver. 3/29/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/28/07
Public Notice: Public Notice To Wireless Carriers Who Filed FCC Form 499-Q in November 2006 With The Universal Service Administrative Company And Sought Confidential Treatment Of The Information Submitted. 3/28/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/28/07
Public Notice: Public Notice To All Carriers Who Filed FCC Form 499-Q in November 2006 With The Universal Service Administrative Company And Sought Confidential Treatment Of The Information Submitted. 3/28/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/28/07
Order: In this Order, the Commission grants 29 appeals of decisions by the Universal Service Administrative Company reducing or denying funding under the E-rate program on the grounds that Petitioners' funding requests were not supported by an approved technology plan. 3/28/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/28/07
Order: In this Order, the Commission grants 76 appeals of decisions by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) reducing or denying funding from the E-rate program on the grounds that applicants failed to respond to USAC’s requests for information within the USAC-specified time frame. 3/28/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/28/07
Order: In this Order, the Commission grants 72 appeals of decisions by the Universal Service Administrative Company reducing or denying funding on the grounds that the applicant did not have a legally binding agreement in place when it filed its FCC Form 471, that the applicant’s existing contract expired before the end of the funding year, or that the execution date of the contract did not accompany the signature lines of both the applicant and the service provider. 3/28/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/26/07
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau Seeks Comment on a Petition by Missouri RSA No. 5 Partnership to Redefine the Study Areas of Four Rural Telephone Companies in Missouri. The Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) seeks comment on a petition filed by Missouri RSA No. 5 Partnership pursuant to section 54.207 of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. § 54.207 requesting the Commission’s agreement with the decision of the Missouri Public Service Commission (MPSC) to redefine the study areas of four rural telephone companies at the wire center level. 3/26/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/23/07
Order: This order addresses 14 appeals of USAC decisions denying funding on the ground that the Petitioners violated the Commission's competitive bidding requirements. The Order denies one appeal because the record shows that the Petitioner’s competitive bidding process violated program rules, but grants and remands the remaining appeals to USAC for further action. 3/23/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/19/07
Public Notice: On December 18, 2006, the Commission sought approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of the information collection for the revised FCC Form 499-A, FCC Form 499-Q, and accompanying instructions. 3/19/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/19/07
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) deny the Petition for Waiver filed by Sprint Corporation (Sprint). Sprint asks for a waiver of the Commission's rule requiring that private branch exchange (PBX) and key systems be treated as "Priority Two" services under the schools and libraries universal service support mechanism (also known as the E-rate program). Sprint asks that the Commission treat such services as "Priority One" services for the duration of those contracts that were signed prior to December 1, 2003, because the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) had treated these services as Priority One services prior to this date. We deny the Petition. 3/19/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/14/07
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) deny requests for review filed by ABS-CBN Telcom North America, Incorporated (ABS-CBN), Southwest Communications, Inc. (SCI), and Trans National Communications International, Inc. (TNCI)(collectively Petitioners). 3/14/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/14/07
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) deny the request filed by Big River Telephone Company, LLC (Big River or Petitioner) 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. For the reasons set forth below, we affirm the Administrator’s Decision. 3/14/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/14/07
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) grant in part and deny in part a petition by Corr Wireless Communications, LLC (Corr), an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC), for waiver of certain filing deadlines set forth in sections 54.313(d)(3) and 54.307(c) of the Commission’s rules. 3/14/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/14/07
Public Notice: On February 21, 2007, Alltel Communications, Inc. (Alltel) requested that the Commission resolve previously filed petitions for declaratory ruling seeking preemption of the Arkansas Telecommunications Reform Act of 1997. Specifically, Alltel requests that Commission consider whether Section 5 of the Arkansas Telecommunications Regulatory Reform Act of 1997 (Arkansas Act) conflicts with federal law and the Commission’s implementing regulations. Interested parties are invited to comment on Alltel’s request. 3/14/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/14/07
Order: On May 19, 2005, GTA Wireless, LLC (GTA), filed a Petition for Designation as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (Petition) in the above-captioned proceeding. In its Petition, GTA sought designation as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier throughout the Territory of Guam, pursuant to section 214(e)(6) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. On October 3, 2006, Pulse Mobile, LLC, formerly GTA, submitted a request to withdraw the Petition. We grant the GTA request for withdrawal. 3/14/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/14/07
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. 3/14/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/16/07
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) deny Allegheny Telephone Company's (Allegheny) appeal of the Administrator's Decision on Contributor Appeal by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). 3/16/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/16/07
Public Notice: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) seeks to refresh the record on issues raised in the Petition of Genesis Communications International, Inc. (Genesis) for Declaratory Rulings Regarding Lifeline Assistance Revenues (Petition). Because comments and reply comments on the issue were filed several years ago, the passage of time and intervening developments have rendered the records developed by those commenters stale. Moreover, some issues raised by commenters may have become moot or irrelevant in light of intervening events. For these reasons, the Bureau requests that parties refresh the record with any new information or arguments they believe to be relevant to deciding the issues still pending. 3/16/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/16/07
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) deny the request for review of action taken by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) filed by Telco Group Inc. (Telco). 3/16/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/16/07
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) deny the request for review of a decision taken by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC or the Administrator) filed by WorldxChange Corp. (WorldxChange). 3/16/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/16/07
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 (USAC) filed by Advantage Telecommunications Corp. (Advantage). 3/16/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/16/07
Order: The National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA) files annually a proposed formula for calculating high-cost loop support for average schedule members of the common line pool. The Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) issued orders modifying each of NECA’s proposed formulas for the years 2000 through 2005. In turn, NECA filed Applications for Review (Applications) or Petitions for Reconsideration (Petitions) of each of the Bureau orders, requesting in each instance that the Commission or the Bureau adopt NECA’s preferred formula. 3/16/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/13/07
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) grant the petition of AT&T Corp. (AT&T) for clarification or, in the alternative, waiver of section 54.514(a) of the Commission’s rules, which states that service providers must allow the billed entity to choose the method of payment for the discounted services. Specifically, AT&T requests the Commission to clarify that AT&T’s on-line reimbursement process complies with section 54.514(a) of the Commission’s rules or, in the alternative, waive this rule as it applies to AT&T’s reimbursement process. As explained below, we find that AT&T’s on-line reimbursement process complies with the Commission’s rules. 3/13/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/13/07
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) has under consideration two Requests for Review filed by Send Technologies L.L.C. (Send Technologies) relating to services provided by Send Technologies to Union Parish School Board, Farmerville, Louisiana (Union Parish). Send Technologies seeks review of decisions by USAC denying Send Technologies’ appeal of commitment adjustment recovery actions. Consistent with precedent, we deny the Requests for Review and direct USAC to continue the commitment adjustment recovery actions regarding this matter. To the extent that Send Technologies requests a waiver of the Commission’s rules, we deny that request as well. 3/13/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/13/07
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) deny three separate requests for waiver, filed by three eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) – NPI-Omnipoint Wireless, LCC (NPI), SouthEast Telephone, Inc. (SouthEast), and SEI Data, Inc. (SEI) (collectively, Petitioners) – of certain filing deadlines required for receipt of high-cost universal support service as set forth in sections 54.307(c), 54.802(a), 54.809(c), and 54.903 of the Commission’s rules. We find that the Petitioners have failed to demonstrate that good cause warrants waiver of the Commission’s rules. 3/13/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

3/12/07
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) deny the petitions filed by American Cyber Corp. (ACC), Coleman Enterprises, Inc. (Coleman), Inmark, Inc., d/b/a Preferred Billing (Inmark), Lotel, Inc., d/b/a Coordinated Billing (Lotel), Protel Advantage, Inc. (Protel) (collectively, Petitioners) seeking review of the Universal Service Administrative Company’s (the Administrator) Decision on Contributor Appeal. 3/12/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/13/07
Public Notice: In this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) seeks to refresh the record on issues raised in the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Lifeline and Link-Up docket. Because comments on the issue were filed several years ago, the passage of time and intervening developments may have rendered the records developed by those commenters stale. Moreover, some issues raised by commenters may have become moot or irrelevant in light of intervening events. For these reasons, the Bureau requests that parties refresh the record with any new information or arguments they believe to be relevant to deciding the issues still pending. The refreshed record will enable the Commission to undertake appropriate consideration of the issue of how best to provide support through the Lifeline and Link-Up programs to more low-income individuals and families. 3/13/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/12/07
Public Notice: In this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) seeks to refresh the record on issues raised in the Twelfth Report and Order and Twenty-Fifth Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the above proceeding related to what constitutes a “near reservation” area for federal Lifeline and Link-Up support purposes. Because comments on the issue were filed several years ago, the passage of time and intervening developments have rendered the records developed by those commenters stale. Moreover, some issues raised by commenters may have become moot or irrelevant in light of intervening events. For these reasons, the Bureau requests that parties refresh the record with any new information or arguments they believe to be relevant to deciding the issues still pending. The refreshed record will enable the Commission to undertake appropriate consideration of the issue of how best to provide support through Lifeline and Link-Up to “near reservation” areas. 3/12/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/13/07
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) deny four appeals of decisions by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) reducing or denying funding from the schools and libraries universal service support mechanism (also known as the E-rate program) for Funding Year 2001 on the grounds that they failed to timely submit an FCC Form 486. Under the E-rate program, eligible schools, libraries, and consortia that include eligible schools and libraries may apply for discounts for eligible telecommunications services, Internet access, and internal connections. After an applicant for discounted services under the E-rate program has entered into agreements for eligible services with one or more service providers, it must file an FCC Form 471 with USAC. The FCC Form 471 notifies USAC of the services that have been ordered and supplies an estimate of funds requested for eligible services. USAC then issues a funding commitment decision letter indicating the funding, if any, for which the applicant is approved to receive. After the funding year begins and the applicant begins receiving services at the discounted rate, the applicant submits an FCC Form 486 to USAC. The FCC Form 486 indicates that the service has begun, specifies the service start date and demonstrates that the applicant has received approval of its technology plans. The timely submission of FCC Form 486 ensures that disbursements for discounts on eligible services occur in a prompt and efficient manner. 3/13/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/13/07
Public Notice: In the Second Report and Order, the Commission changed its definition of “rural” for the purposes of the rural health care support mechanism. In March 2005, the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) filed a Petition for Reconsideration of the Commission’s Second Report and Order, in which it requested that the Commission grandfather, for an indefinite period of time, rural sites that were no longer eligible for rural health care support under the new definition of rural in the Second Report and Order, but which were eligible prior to the date of the Second Report and Order. By this Public Notice, we seek comment on the ATA Petition for Reconsideration. 3/13/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/13/07
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) address three appeals of decisions by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) denying requests for funding under the schools and libraries universal service support mechanism. The decisions at issue involve the denial of funding on the ground that the underlying applications violated the Commission’s competitive bidding requirements. As discussed below, we find that the Petitioners complied with the Commission’s competitive bidding requirements in place at the time of their applications. We therefore grant the appeals and remand the underlying applications to USAC for further action consistent with this Order. To ensure that the underlying applications are resolved expeditiously, we direct USAC to complete its review of the applications and issue a decision based on a complete review and analysis no later than 90 days from release of this Order. 3/13/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/12/07
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) dismiss as moot the request of the Telecommunications Regulatory Board of Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico Board) for clarification or, in the alternative, waiver of section 54.311(b) of the Commission’s rules. 3/12/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/9/07
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) granted requests by California Youth Authority, Florence County School District 3, Lee County School District, and Moreno Valley Unified School District (collectively, Applicants) for an extension of the deadline for implementing non-recurring services under the E-rate program. The Bureau extended, until September 30, 2008, the deadline for Applicants to complete installation of non-recurring services for the funding years at issue in their Extension Requests. 3/9/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/9/07
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) denied a Request for Waiver filed by the Otsego Local School District seeking a waiver of the designation of its district as “urban” under section 54.505(b)(3) of the Commission’s rules by USAC for purposes of calculating its discount level under the schools and libraries universal service support mechanism. 3/9/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/9/07
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) dismissed as moot a Request for Review filed by Kress Independent School District Kress, seeking a service provider identification number (SPIN) change and a service substitution. Upon review of the record, the Bureau found that USAC had previously approved Kress’s request. 3/9/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/9/07
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) granted a request for review filed by the Tri-River Educational Computer Association (TRECA) of a decision by USAC that denied TRECA funding from the schools and libraries universal service support mechanism because USAC determined that TRECA failed to provide evidence of its authority to represent its consortium members. 3/9/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/9/07
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) grants Requests for Waiver filed by 44 applicants seeking waiver of the FCC Form 471 filing window deadline for Funding Years 2004, 2005, 2006, or 2007 under the schools and libraries support mechanism. The Bureau remands the underlying applications to USAC for further action consistent with the Bishop Perry Order. 3/9/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 


3/9/07
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) grants the petition of the Kentucky Department of Education (Kentucky) seeking a waiver of section 54.504(c) of the Commission’s rules to enable Kentucky schools to use state master contracts to apply for universal service support under the schools and libraries support mechanism for Funding Year 2005 and future funding years. 3/9/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

2/12/07
Public Notice: In this Public Notice, Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Dobson Cellular Systems Inc. and American Cellular Corporation pursuant to section 54.207 of the Commission’s rules, requesting the Commission’s agreement with the decision of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to redefine the service areas of certain rural telephone companies in Oklahoma at the wire center level. 2/12/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

2/9/07
Public Notice: In this Public Notice, the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service (Joint Board) will hold an en banc hearing on Tuesday, February 20, 2007, in Washington, DC. 2/9/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

2/8/07
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau grant a petition filed by Smith Bagley, Inc. (SBI) seeking designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) on the Navajo Reservation (Reservation) in Utah pursuant to section 214(e)(6) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the Act). 2/8/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

2/8/07
Order: In this Order, the Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau adopted a protective order granting limited access to Exhibit E of the Cingular petition for designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 2/8/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

2/6/07
Order on Reconsideration: In this Order, the Commission grant a Petition filed by National LambdaRail, Inc. (NLR) seeking reconsideration or, in the alternative, clarification of the Commission’s order establishing a rural health care pilot program to encourage the provision of telehealth and telemedicine services throughout the nation. Specifically, we find that pilot program applicants may request and, if selected, may receive funding to support up to 85 percent of the cost of connecting state and regional broadband networks to the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development, Inc. (Internet2) or NLR. We further find that an applicant that proposes to connect its state or regional broadband networks to Internet2 or NLR may either (1) pre-select Internet2 or NLR; or (2) seek a competitive bid for the provision of nationwide backbone services from Internet2 or NLR. To ensure the success of the pilot program, we expect that Internet2 and NLR will interconnect or peer with each other. Finally, we provide applicants with an additional thirty (30) days time to submit their applications to the Commission. 2/6/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

2/5/07

Public Notice: Due Dates Extended for Comments and Reply Comments on Petition of Cingular Wireless, LLC for Designation as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier in the State of Georgia. In the interest of developing a thorough and complete record in this proceeding, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) hereby extends the comment and reply comment filing deadlines. Parties therefore have until February 20, 2007 to file comments on the Cingular Petition in this docket, and until February 27, 2007 to file reply comments. 2/5/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

1/31/07
Public Notice: In this Public Notice, 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. 1/31/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

1/31/07
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau grant Hopi request to be designated as an ETC on the Hopi Reservation and on a small portion of the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. 1/31/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

1/26/07
Public Notice: In this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau grants a request by Pine Cellular Phones, Inc. (Pine Cellular), an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) in Oklahoma, for a waiver of 54.307 of the Commission’s rules. 1/26/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

1/26/07
Public Notice: In this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau grants a request by MTA Communication Inc. d/b/a MTA Wireless (MTAW), an eligible telecommunications carrier, for a waiver of section 54.314(d) of the Commission’s rules. 1/26/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

1/26/07
Public Notice: In this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau granted a request by the Kansas Corporation Commission (Kansas Commission) for a waiver of section 54.313 and 54.314 of the Commission’s rules. 1/26/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

1/26/07
Public Notice: In this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau grants a request by AT&T Communications of NY and AT&T Communications of California (collectively, AT&T), eligible telecommunications carriers (ETC), for a waiver of section 54.802(a) of the Commission’s rules. 1/26/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

1/23/07
Public Notice: In this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau Invites Parties to Comment on the Petition of Cingular Wireless, LLC for Designation as an ETC in the State of Georgia. Comment Date: 2/6/07. Reply Comment Date: 2/13/07. 1/23/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

1/9/07
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau approves NECA’s proposed high-cost loop formula and USAC’s proposed local switching support formula. As we have done previously, we direct NECA and USAC to provide support to average schedule carriers consistent with this Order retroactive to January 1, 2007. 1/9/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

1/4/07
Public Notice: In this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau Seeks Comment on a Petition filed by American Cellular Corporation to Redefine the Service Areas of Certain Rural Telephone Companies in the State of Minnesota. Comment Date: 1/18/07. Reply Comment Date: 1/25/07. 1/4/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

1/1/07
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau grants a request by NPCR, Inc. (NPCR), an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC), for a waiver of section 54.802(a) of the Commission’s rules. 1/1/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

 

Published: May 15, 2013 Updated: May 15, 2013
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