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12/23/2011
Clear World Communications Corporation Order: Clear World Communications Corporation sought review of a Bureau order finding that Clear World understated its contributions to the USF. The Commission concludes that Clear World failed to demonstrate Bureau error.
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12/22/2011
Animas School District 6 Order: Consistent with our precedent, we grant 46 appeals of decisions made by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) that denied or rescinded funding for various funding years from the E-Rate program (formally known as the universal service schools and libraries program). The applications were denied on the grounds that the petitioners’ violated the Commission’s rule that a contract or legally binding agreement be in place when the FCC Form 471 application is submitted.
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12/22/2011
Midcontinent Communications Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Midcontinent Communications for waiver of a filing deadline required by section 54.307(c) of the Commission’s rules for receipt of high-cost universal service support. Section 54.307(c) sets forth the deadline for a competitive eligible telecommunications carrier to file line count data with the Universal Service Administrative Company to receive high-cost universal service support.
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12/22/2011
Virgin Islands Telephone Corp. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Virgin Islands Telephone Corp. d/b/a Innovative Telephone (Innovative) to waive the National Exchange Carrier Association's (NECA) rolling 24-month adjustment period and require that NECA recalculate Innovative's 2011 High Cost Loop Support (HCLS) based on corrected loop count data. Innovative claims that its 2009 loop count data submitted to NECA was inaccurate because Innovative had been erroneously including loops that were related to non-switched wideband services.
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12/22/2011
Citizens Tel Coop Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Citizens Tel Coop for waiver of a filing deadline required by section 54.314(d) of the Commission’s rules for receipt of high-cost universal service support. Section 54.314(d), among other things, sets forth the deadline for a rural incumbent local exchange carrier that is not subject to state jurisdiction to file an annual certification with the Commission and the Universal Service Administrative Company stating that the carrier “will only use support for the provision, maintenance, and upgrading of facilities and services for which support is intended,” which is required for such a carrier to be eligible to receive high-cost universal service support.
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12/19/2011
Indian Health Service-White Swan Health Station Public Notice: In this public notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment regarding a request for review of a USAC decision.
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12/19/2011
Northeast Montana Health Services Public Notice: In this public notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment regarding a request for review of a USAC decision that reduced rural health care support to Northeast Montana Health Services.
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12/16/2011
Telispire Forbearance Withdrawal Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau approves Telispire’s notice to withdraw its forbearance petition seeking facilities based forbearance on behalf of MVNOs.
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12/15/2011
Forward-Looking Cost Models Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau requests parties to submit forward-looking cost models by February 1, 2012 to be used for estimating Connect America Fund support amounts in price cap areas by the end of 2012 in order to provide support beginning January 1, 2013.
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12/13/2011
MeetingOne.com Corp Public Notice: Comment sought on an application for review filed by MeetingOne.com Corp. Petitioner seeks review of a Bureau order finding that: (1) IP audio bridging services are subject to USF, and (2) prospective-only application of such finding is not warranted.
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12/7/2011
Queen of Peace Order: In this order, we grant a request for review filed by Queen of Peace High School (Queen of Peace) seeking review of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) concerning discounted services under the E-rate program for funding year (FY) 2009. We find that Queen of Peace’s competitive bidding process was not compromised by its inclusion of a service provider name on its FCC Form 470. We therefore grant its request for review and direct USAC to apply this ruling to all pending appeals and applications. We also clarify that the Commission’s competitive bidding rules prohibit applicants from including a particular manufacturer’s name, brand, product or service in an FCC Form 470 or request for proposals (RFPs) unless they also use the words “or equivalent” in such a description.
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12/7/2011
Katy Independent School District Order: In this order, we deny an appeal filed by Katy Independent School District (Katy) seeking review of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) denying funding under the E-rate program. USAC rescinded the funding commitment for one of Katy’s funding requests on the ground that Katy violated the Commission’s competitive bidding requirements because it did not consider price as the primary factor in the vendor selection process. We agree with USAC that Katy did not give overall preference to cost when evaluating the bids and, thus, affirm USAC’s decision to rescind Katy’s funding commitment for FRN 1297321. To the extent funds have already been disbursed under this funding request to Katy or its service provider, Phonoscope, we direct USAC to institute or continue recovery actions against them.
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12/7/2011
Washington RSA No. 8 Limited Partnership Order: In this Order, we deny a request by Washington RSA No. 8 Limited Partnership; Eastern Sub-RSA Limited Partnership d/b/a Inland Cellular (Inland Cellular) for a waiver of the universal service high-cost support filing deadlines set forth in sections 54.307(c) and 54.802(a) of the Commission rules.
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12/6/2011
Lifeline Duplicate Resolution Process Guidance Letter: The Wireline Competition Bureau releases a guidance letter directing the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to issue a request for proposals (RFP) by January 16, 2012, to procure customer care functionalities for the Lifeline Duplicate Resolution Process so that it can continue with targeted IDVs in select states when directed by the Wireline Competition Bureau.
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12/5/2011
Al-Ihsan Academy Order: The Wireline Bureau grants 5 and denies 6 appeals in E-rate RFP competitive bidding order.
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12/2/2011
USF/ICC Transformation Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau provides notice that it is releasing data and maps relevant to the USF/ICC Transformation Proceeding.
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11/29/2011
Lazo Technologies, Inc Order: In this order we deny a petition for reconsideration (Petition) filed by Lazo Technologies, Inc., Hill Professional Services, and Advanced Technology Solutions South (Petitioners).
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11/28/2011
Lakehills Consulting, LP Order: In this order, we deny the appeal filed by Joseph M. Hill, trustee in bankruptcy for Lakehills Consulting, LP (Lakehills) of the decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) concerning Houston Independent School District’s (Houston ISD) applications for discounted services under the E-rate program (more formally known as the schools and libraries universal service support program) for funding years (FY) 2002-2004.
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11/22/2011
Bestel USA, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request filed by Bestel USA, Inc. (Bestel USA).
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11/18/2011
USF/ICC Transformation Order & FNPRM: In this order, the Commission comprehensively reforms and modernizes the universal service and intercarrier compensation systems to ensure that robust, affordable voice and broadband service, both fixed and mobile, are available to Americans throughout the nation.
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11/15/2011
CAL Communications, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a compliance plan by CAL Communications detailing the company's adherence to conditions imposed in the CAL Communications Forbearance Order for the provision of Lifeline service.
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11/15/2011
PlatinumTel Communications, LLC. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a compliance plan filed by PlatinumTel detailing the company's adherence to conditions imposed in the PlatinumTel Forbearance Order for the provision of Lifeline service.
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11/14/2011
Triangle Communications System, Inc. Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau initiates a proceeding to consider petitions by Triangle Communications System, Inc. seeking the Commission’s agreement in redefining the service areas of rural telephone companies in Montana.
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11/4/2011
Dimmitt Independent School District Order: In this order, we grant appeals filed by Dimmitt Independent School District, et al. of decisions by the Universal Service Administrative Company concerning applications for discounted services under the E-rate program for FY 2006-2010.
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11/3/2011
MeetingOne.com Corp. Order: The Bureau denies MeetingOne's request for review of USAC decision that IP audio bridging services are subject to USF reporting and contribution obligations.
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11/1/2011
Coatesville Area School District Order: The Bureau dismisses a petition filed by Coatesville Area School District (PA) seeking reconsideration of a decision denying funding after Coatesville failed to submit an appeal to the Commission in a timely manner.
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11/1/2011
Lower Merion School District Order: In this order, the Bureau grants three requests for review finding that the petitioners did not seek E-rate discounts for ineligible dark fiber and denies one request for review finding that the petitioner sought E-rate funds for ineligible dark fiber.
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11/1/2011
The Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Service Vacany Order: By this order, and pursuant to section 410(b) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (Communications Act), we hereby fill a vacancy created by a previous departure from the Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Services (Joint Conference).
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10/28/2011
Cintex Wireless, LLC Public Notice: WCB seeks comment Cintex Wireless, LLC's petition for limited ETC designation for the provision of Lifeline and Link Up support in Alabama,Connecticut,Delaware,District of Columbia,Florida,New Hampshire,New York,North Carolina, Tennessee and Virgina.
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10/27/2011
NE Colorado Cellelar, Inc. D/B/A Viaero Wireless Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau initiates a proceeding to consider a petition by NE Colorado Cellular, d/b/a Viaero Wireless seeking the Commission's agreement in redefining the service area of a rural telephone companies in Kansas.
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10/26/2011
Covert Public School District Order: Consistent with precedent, we grant an appeal filed by Covert Public School District (Covert) of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to deny funding in funding year 2008 under the E-rate program because Covert’s request for a services implementation deadline extension was late.We remand the underlying applications to USAC for further action consistent with this order, and we direct USAC to grant Covert’s request for a services implementation deadline extension within 90 calendar days from the release of this order.
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10/25/2011
NTCH's Compliance Plan Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a compliance plan filed by NTCH detailing the company’s adherence to conditions imposed in the NTCH Forbearance Order for the provision of Lifeline service.
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10/25/2011
Recellular's Compliance Plan Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a compliance plan filed by ReCellular detailing the company’s adherence to conditions imposed in the ReCellular Forbearance Order for the provision of Lifeline service.
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10/25/2011
Revised 2011 Annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau Releases Revised 2011 Annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet (FCC Form 499-A) and Accompanying Instructions.
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10/21/2011
i-wireless, LLC Order: Wireline Competition Bureau approves i-wireless's Compliance Plan detailing the company's adherence to conditions imposed in i-wireless's Forbearance Order for the provision of Lifeline service.
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10/21/2011
Providence Seward Medical and Care Center Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for review filed by Providence Seward Medical and Care Center seeking reversal of decisions of USAC, in which USAC reduced Providence Seward's funding requests for Funding Year 2009 under the rural health care support mechanism.
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10/21/2011
Horizon Health Care, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request filed by Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) seeking review of a decision of the USAC in which USAC determined that Horizon's administrative office is not a health care provider under section 54.601(1) of the Commission's rules and is not eligible to receive benefits under the Rural Health Care Pilot Program.
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10/21/2011
Annette Island Service Unit Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request filed by Annette Island Service Unit seeking a waiver of the rural health care FCC Form 466 filing deadline.
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10/20/2011
Low Income Program Disbursement Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau announced the publication in the Federal Register of the Bureau’s September 23, 2011 public notice seeking comment on a proposal for disbursing USF low income support based on actual claims as opposed to projected claims for support.
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10/18/2011
Sprint Nextel Corporation Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau releases an order of relinquishment for Sprint Nextel’s ETC designations in Alabama, Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, effective Dec. 31, 2011.
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10/14/2011
Coordinated Construction, Inc. Order: In this order, we grant the request for review filed by Coordinated Construction, Inc. seeking review of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company to recover funding for violating the USAC requirements.
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10/14/2011
West Virginia Department of Education Order: In this order, we grant the request for review filed by the West Virginia Department of Education on behalf of Summersville Elementary School, seeking review of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative denying funding for discounted services under the E-rate program.
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10/12/2011
Cox Georgia Telecom, LLC Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau initiates a proceeding to consider a petition by Cox Georgia Telcom, LLC seeking the Commission's agreement in redefining the service area of a rural telephone company in Georgia).
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10/6/2011
Franklin County School District Order: In this order, we grant a petition for reconsideration by Franklin County School District, Louisburg, North Carolina, (Franklin County) of a decision by the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau).
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10/5/2011
Cricket Communications, Inc. Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a compliance plan filed by Cricket Communications for implementation of conditions for forbearance from the service area conformance requirement.
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10/5/2011
NECA 2012 Modifications Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on the 2012 Modifications of Average Schedule Company Universal Service High-Cost Loop Support and Local Switching Support Formulas.
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9/30/2011
SEED Public Charter School of Washignton, DC Order: In this order, we address a consolidated appeal by SEED Public Charter School of Washington, D.C. (SEED) of three decisions by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) denying requests for funding under the E-rate program (more formally known as the schools and libraries universal service support program), on the grounds that the underlying applications violated the Commission’s competitive bidding requirements. As explained below, we find that SEED did not violate the Commission’s competitive bidding rules. We therefore grant the appeal and direct USAC to discontinue recovery actions against SEED and its service providers, Verizon-Washington, D.C., Inc., Avaya, Inc., America Online, CDW Computer Centers, Inc., Dell Marketing, LP, Nextel Communications of Mid-Atlantic, Inc., Starpower Communications, LLC, and Infosys Services, Inc., consistent with this order.
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9/28/2011
2012 Eligible Service List Order: In this order, we release the eligible services list for funding year 2012 for the schools and libraries universal service program.
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9/23/2011
PlatinumTel, LLC Order: The Commission grants PlatinumTel, CAL Communications and ReCellular. forbearance from the facilities requirement of sec 214(e)(1)(A) of the Act and sec 54.201(d), (i) of the Commission’s rules for eligibility to be designated a limited ETC for Lifeline program.
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9/23/2011
Low Income Disbursement Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a USAC proposal for disbursing USF low-income support based on ETC’s actual monthly support claims rather than projected monthly support claims.
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9/23/2011
All Saints Elementary School Order: In this order, we address 34 requests from petitioners seeking waivers of the FCC Form 471 application filing window deadline for funding years 2007, 2009, and 2011 under the E-rate program. Consistent with the Commission’s Academy of Math and Science Order, and based on our review of the record, we find that two petitioners filed their applications prior to the E-rate program’s FCC Form 471 application filing window deadline and 24 other petitioners have demonstrated that special circumstances exist to justify a waiver of that filing window deadline. We grant those requests for waiver and remand the underlying applications to USAC. We deny, however, the remaining eight requests for waiver.
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9/20/2011
Budget Repay, Inc. Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on Budget PrePay’s petition for ETC designation in Florida for the limited purpose of offering Lifeline and Link-Up service.
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9/20/2011
Airvoice Wireless, LLC Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition for forbearance from the facilities requirement for the purpose of participating in the Lifeline program filed by Airvoice.
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9/20/2011
PlatinumTel Communications, LLC Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on PlatinumTel’s petitions for limited ETC designation for the purpose of Lifeline and Link Up services in nine states and the District of Columbia.
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9/16/2011
NTCH, Inc. and Cricket Communications, Inc. Order: In this order, we address two petitions for forbearance, one filed by Cricket Communications, Inc. (Cricket) and one filed by NTCH, Inc. and its affiliated operating entity NTCH-West Tenn, Inc. (collectively, NTCH), pursuant to section 10 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the Act). These petitions seek forbearance from the requirement that the service area of a competitive eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) conform to the service area of any rural telephone company serving the same area, for the limited purpose of becoming designated as Lifeline-only ETCs.
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9/15/2011
PlatinumTel Communications, LLC., CAL Communications, Inc. and Recellular, Inc. Public Notice: Pursuant to Sec. 1.58 of the Commission's rules, WCB begins a two week quiet period, commencing Sept. 16, 2011, for PlatinumTel, CAL Communications and ReCellular Forbearance Petitions.
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9/14/2011
Tulsa Technology Center Order: In this order, the Bureau grants a request by the Tulsa Technology Center (Tulsa) seeking review of a decision by USAC denying funding for discounted services under the E-rate program. USAC rescinded the funding commitment of one of Tulsa’s funding requests on the ground that Tulsa violated the Commission’s competitive bidding requirements by including the price of ineligible items in its evaluation of the most cost-effective proposal during its vendor selection process. According to the FY 2003 eligible services list, presubscribed interexchange carrier (PIC) change charges and change fees were eligible for discounts. We therefore find that Tulsa’s consideration of the costs associated with changing providers – i.e., PIC change charges and activation fees – was consistent with the Commission’s competitive bidding rules. We therefore direct USAC to discontinue recovery actions against Tulsa and its service provider.
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9/14/2011
Rockwood School District Order: In this order, the Bureau denies Rockwood and Yakutat School Districts' petitions for reconsideration of the Bureau's Beaver Area Memorial Library Order denying the school districts a waiver of the E-rate program’s FCC Form 471 application filing window deadline because the petitions were untimely filed and do not contain any new facts or circumstances that would result in a waiver of the Commission's rules.
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9/12/2011
Telenational Communications, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Telenational Communications, Inc. for waiver of a filing deadline required by section 54.307(c) of the Commission’s rules for receipt of high-cost universal service support.
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9/8/2011
State of Arkansas Department of Information Systems Order: In this order, we reconsider a decision by the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) and grant a petition for reconsideration filed by the State of Arkansas Department of Information Systems.
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9/7/2011
Baltimore-Washington Telephone Company Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on Baltimore-Washington Telephone Company's request for review of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company.
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9/2/2011
Cornwall-Lebanon School District Order: In this order, consistent with the Bureau's decision in the Barrow County School District Order, the Bureau grants an appeal filed by Cornwall-Lebanon School District of a decision by USAC that reduced funding from the E-rate program for funding year 2010 because Cornwall-Lebanon inadvertently listed the wrong service start date information on its FCC Form 486. As the Bureau found in Barrow County School District Order, minor mistakes such as this do not warrant the complete rejection of this application given that the applicant made a procedural error and did not violate a Commission rule.
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9/2/2011
Maricopa County Regional School District Order: In this order, the Bureau dismisses an appeal without prejudice filed by Maricopa County Regional School District of a decision by USAC under the E-rate program for funding year 2008, because USAC subsequently issued a revised funding commitment decision letter approving the funding at issue.
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8/29/2011
Cricket Communications, Inc. and NTCH, Inc. Public Notice: Pursuant to Sec. 1.58 of the Commission’s rules, WCB begins a two-week quiet period, commencing Sept. 5, 2011, for the Cricket and NTCH Forbearance Petitions.
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8/25/2011
Protective Order: In the Lifeline and Link Up Reform and Modernization Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the Commission proposed rules to reform and modernize the low income support mechanism of the universal service fund.
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8/22/2011
Funds For Learning Order: In this order, we accelerate disbursements of E-rate funding reserves so that more schools and libraries can upgrade their access to broadband services this year. We grant in part the petition filed by Funds for Learning (FFL) and direct the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to make funding commitments for priority two services at the 80 percent discount level for funding year 2010. On our own motion, we reverse our previous decision to deny priority two funding below 80 percent and direct USAC to make available funds for FY 2010 priority two requests at all discount levels. We also announce the carry forward of $850 million in reserved funds from the E-rate program to increase E-rate commitments for funding year 2011. These actions will expand opportunities for education and employment in many communities without increasing the size of the universal service fund.
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8/17/2011
Triangle Communications Systems, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on two petitions filed on August 4, 2011 by Triangle Communication System, Inc. (“Triangle”), pursuant to section 54.207 of the Commission’s rules. In its petition, Triangle requests the Commission’s agreement with the Montana Public Service Commission to redefine the service area of two rural telephone companies. In one petition, Triangle seeks to redefine the service area of Central Montana Communications; in the other, Triangle seeks to redefine the service area of Triangle Telephone Cooperative Association, Inc.
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8/11/2011
Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) Report and Order: The Commission released a Report and Order clarifying the current CIPA rules and requiring E-rate recipient schools, per the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act, to certify that they have updated their Internet safety policy to include provisions for educating minors about interacting social networking websites and cyberbullying awareness.
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8/8/2011
IP Telcom Group, Inc. Order: In this order, we deny a request filed by IP Telcom Group, Inc. for review of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company.
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8/8/2011
Riverdale Unified School District Order: The Bureau grants two requests for review finding that the petitioners Form 470s contained enough information for vendors to identify the desired services and submit bids.
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8/8/2011
Coahoma County School District Order: The Bureau grants an appeal finding that the petitioner did not violate its state and local procurement laws when selecting a vendor from a state master contract.
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8/8/2011
Baltimore City School District Order: The Bureau grants two requests for review finding that the petitioners did not violate the Commission's competitive bidding rules when selecting vendors using a tiered selection process.
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8/5/2011
Totah Communications, Inc. Order: In this order, the Bureau denies a petition filed by Totah Communications, Inc. (Totah) for a waiver of section 36.621(a)(4) of the Commission’s rules, which caps the amount of high-cost universal service support recoverable for carriers’ corporate operations expenses. Totah provides local exchange telephone service in areas of rural Oklahoma and states that it has corporate operations expenses that exceed the Commission’s limit on the recovery of such expenses for purposes of receiving loop support. In its request, Totah contends that it would not be able to maintain affordable rates in its service area without a waiver of the corporate operations expense cap. We conclude that Totah has failed to demonstrate that there is good cause to waive the applicable section of the Commission’s rules.
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8/5/2011
Blackfoot Communications, Inc. Public Notice: Blackfoot Communications, Inc. (BCI) seeks review of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company to reclassify as interstate revenues a portion of BCI's fixed local service revenues.
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8/5/2011
Lifeline/Link Up Reform and Modernization Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks additional targeted comment on issues raised in the Commission's Lifeline/Link Up Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
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8/5/2011
E-Rate Inflation-Based Cap Public Notice: In this public notice, the Bureau announces that the E-rate program funding cap for funding year 2011 is $2,290,682,250. The new cap represents a 0.9% inflation-adjusted increase from funding year 2010’s $2,270,250,000 cap.
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8/4/2011
NE Colorado Cellular, Inc. Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition by NE Colorado Cellular, Inc. d/b/a Viaero Wireless seeking the Commission’s agreement in redefining the service area of several rural telephone companies in Kansas.
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8/4/2011
ABC Unified School District Order: In this order, consistent with the Bureau’s decision in the Alton Order, we grant 24 appeals of decisions by USAC reducing or denying funding for various funding years under the E-rate program on the grounds that the petitioners’ invoice forms were submitted late or not received by USAC.
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8/3/2011
Universal Service-Intercarrier Compensation Transformation Proceeding Public Notice: In response to the USF/ICC Transformation NPRM, several parties have offered specific proposals for reform. We seek comment on how these proposals comport with the Commission’s articulated objectives and statutory requirements. We invite comment on specific aspects of the proposals and on additional issues that are not fully developed in the record.
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8/3/2011
Burlington Township School District Order: In this order, consistent with the Commission’s Alpaugh Unified School District Order, the Bureau grants four appeals of decisions by USAC reducing or denying funding from the E-rate program for various funding years because USAC found that the applicants failed to respond to USAC’s requests for additional information within the USAC-specified time frame.
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8/3/2011
Bancroft Neurohealth Order: In this order, consistent with the Commission’s Alaska Gateway Order, the Bureau grants 13 appeals of decisions by USAC reducing or denying funding from the E-rate program for various funding years because USAC found the applicants failed to timely submit their FCC Forms 486.
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8/2/2011
Cedar-Wapsie Communications, Inc. Order: In this order, we grant four separate requests for waivers of various high-cost universal service support filing deadlines, filed by: (1) Cedar-Wapsie Communications, Inc. (Cedar-Wapsie); (2) DialToneServices, L.P. (DialToneServices); (3) Virgin Islands Telephone Corp. d/b/a Innovative Telephone (Innovative) and (4) Wildflower Telecommunications, LLC (Wildflower) (collectively, the petitioners).
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8/2/2011
TracFone Wireless, Inc.'s Self-Certification Order: In this order, we dismiss without prejudice a request filed by the Adams County E-911 Emergency Telephone Service Authority, the Arapahoe County E-911 Emergency Communication Service Authority, and the Jefferson County Emergency Communications Authority (collectively, the “Colorado 911 Authorities”) seeking Commission action pursuant to section 1.41 of the Commission’s rules. The Colorado 911 Authorities request that the Commission reject TracFone Wireless Inc.’s (TracFone) self-certification that it is in compliance with basic 911 and enhanced 911 (E911) requirements in the state of Colorado and compel TracFone to comply with Colorado law relating to 911 funding.
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7/27/2011
Loving Municipal Schools Order: In this order, we deny a request for review filed by Loving Municipal Schools (Loving) seeking review of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) denying its funding requests for one of its schools under the E-rate program for funding year 2004 on the ground that the requested discount level was not supported by sufficient documentation.
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7/27/2011
Boston Renaissance School Order: In this order, we deny 50 appeals of decisions made by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) that reduce or deny funding from the schools and libraries universal service support mechanism (also known as the E-rate program) for various funding years on the grounds that the petitioners failed to submit their appeals either to the Commission or to USAC within 60 days as required by the Commission’s rules.
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7/27/2011
Beaver Area Memorial Library Order: In this order, we address 39 requests from petitioners seeking waivers of the FCC Form 471 application filing window deadline for funding years 2009-2011 under the E-rate program.
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7/27/2011
Achieve Career Preparatory Academy Order: In this order, we address 22 appeals of decisions by the Universal Administrative Company (USAC) denying funding to the petitioners due to certain clerical or ministerial errors on their FCC Form 471 applications for funding years 2004-2010 under the E-rate program.
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7/26/2011
North American Local, LLC Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed on April 28, 2011 by North American Local, LLC. (North American), a commercial mobile radio services reseller, for forbearance from the requirement in section 214(e)(1)(A) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, that eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) provide service, at least in part, over their own facilities. North American seeks forbearance to enable it to be designated an ETC for the limited purposes of receiving universal service Lifeline support.
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7/26/2011
Plan of American Broadband and Telecommunication Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on the proposed compliance plan filed by American Broadband & Telecommunications (American Broadband). American Broadband seeks permission from the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) to become a Lifeline-only eligible telecommunications carriers (ETC) and has pending a petition seeking forbearance from the requirement that an ETC provides service, at least in part, over its own facilities. In granting similar forbearance petitions in the past, the Commission has required carriers to submit for approval a proposed compliance plan demonstrating how the carrier intended to satisfy conditions imposed by the Commission’s grant of forbearance for Lifeline-only support. In this case, although American Broadband’s forbearance petition remains pending, American Broadband separately submitted a proposed compliance plan intended to satisfy conditions imposed by the Commission on other non-facilities based carriers when granting similar forbearance requests.
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7/18/2011
Richmond Connections, Inc. Public Notice: On July 7, 2011, Richmond Connections, Inc. (Richmond) requested a waiver of section 54.611 of the Commission’s rules, which requires that the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) reimburse any monies due to a carrier from the universal service rural health care support mechanism only after an offset is credited against that carrier’s universal service support obligations.
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7/18/2011
AT&T Corp Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for review filed by AT&T Corp. (AT&T) seeking reversal of a Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) commitment adjustment recovery action against AT&T.
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7/18/2011
Cox Georgia Telecom, LLC Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed on July 6, 2011 by Cox Georgia Telcom, LLC (Cox), pursuant to section 54.207 of the Commission’s rules.
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7/12/2011
Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Telecommunications Services Order: By this order, and pursuant to section 410(b) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (Communications Act), we hereby fill a vacancy created by a previous departure from the Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Services.
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7/11/2011
E-Rate Deployed Ubiquitously 2011 Pilot Program Order: The Bureau provides a summary of the projects selected to participate in the Learning On-The-Go pilot program, the review process, and a list of required information to be included in the participants' reports during the trial period.
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7/7/2011
National Telecomunications Cooperative Association Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau finds that NTCA has not demonstrated that good cause warrants waiver of the rules to allow rate-of-return incumbent LECs to directly assign the costs associated with USF audits to the interstate jurisdiction.
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7/5/2011
I-Wireless, LLC Public Notice: WCB seeks comment on i-wireless, LLC.’s petition for ETC designation in Florida for the limited purpose of participating in the Lifeline program.
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6/29/2011
Clean Version of Proposed E-Rate Eligible Service List Public Notice: WCB Releases Clean Version of Proposed Draft Eligible Services List for Funding Year 2012.
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6/29/2011
NTCH, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on NTCH, Inc.’s petition for forbearance from the eligible telecommunications carrier service area requirement for the purpose of participating in the Lifeline program.
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6/27/2011
CAL Communications, Inc. Order: In this order, the Wireline Competition Bureau extends by 90 days the date by which the petition requesting forbearance filed by CAL Communications, Inc shall be deemed granted in the absence of a Commission decision that the petition fails to meet the standards for forbearance.
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6/24/2011
Draft Eligible Service List Public Notice: WCB Seeks Comment on Proposed Funding Year 2012 E-rate Eligible Services List. Comments are due on July 15, 2011, and reply comments are due on July 25, 2011.
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6/22/2011
Standing Rock Telecommunications Order: In this order, we designate Standing Rock Telecommunications, Inc. (Standing Rock), a Tribally owned telecommunications carrier, as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) throughout the entire Standing Rock Sioux Reservation (Reservation), effective immediately.
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6/22/2011
Nexus Communications, Inc. Public Notice: WCB seeks comment on Nexus Communications, Inc.’s petition for limited ETC designation for the purpose of participating in the Lifeline and Link Up programs.
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6/22/2011
Saint Paul Public School Order: Saint Paul Public Schools (Saint Paul), Saint Paul, Minnesota, sought review of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) concerning Saint Paul’s application for discounted services under the E-rate program for funding year 2003.
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6/22/2011
Central Islip Free Union School Distict Order: In this order, we address six appeals of decisions by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) denying requests for funding under the E-rate program.
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6/21/2011
USAC Duplicate Process Guidance Letter: This letter provides guidance to USAC on the process it should follow in identifying and resolving duplicative Lifeline claims found through IDVs conducted in specific states or at any other time USAC becomes aware of duplicative claims for Lifeline.
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6/21/2011
Rural Health Care Permanent Grandfather Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: In this order, the Commission adopts an interim rule permitting health care providers that are located in a “rural area” under the definition used by the FCC prior to July 1, 2005, and that have received a funding commitment from the universal service rural health care program prior to July 1, 2005, to continue to be treated as if they are located in “rural” areas for purposes of determining eligibility for all universal service rural health care programs. In the NPRM, the Commission seeks comment on whether to make such “grandfathered” providers permanently eligible for discounted services under the rural health care program.
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6/21/2011
Lifeline and Link Up Report and Order: This order takes action to address potential waste in the universal service Lifeline program by adopting near-term rules aimed at ensuring that qualified low income consumers receive no more than a single Lifeline benefit.
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6/20/2011
Terracom, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed on June 13, 2011, by TerraCom, Inc (TerraCom). TerraCom seeks designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier for the limited purpose of offering Lifeline and Link-Up services to end-user customers in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
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6/9/2011
Ramirez Common School District Order: This order grants a waiver of section 54.503 of the Commission’s competitive bidding rules. USAC denied five of Ramirez’s funding requests on the ground that Ramirez violated the Commission’s competitive bidding requirements. Upon review of the record, we find that a waiver of section 54.503 of the Commission’s rules, which requires applicants to seek competitive bids for E-rate eligible products and services, is in the public interest.
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6/9/2011
PlatinumTel Communications, LLC Order: In this order, pursuant to section 10(c) of the Communications Act, we extend by 90 days the date by which the petition requesting forbearance filed by PlatinumTel Communications, LLC. 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.
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6/9/2011
Tag Mobile, LLC Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed on June 7, 2011, by TAG Mobile, LLC (TAG). TAG seeks designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier for the limited purpose of offering Lifeline and Link-Up services to end-user customers in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
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6/8/2011
Lincoln Parish School Board Order: In this order, we dismiss as untimely three petitions for reconsideration of decisions by the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) or the Commission.
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6/7/2011
2011 PIA Procedure Approval Letter: WCB approves the E-rate funding year 2011 program integrity assurance FCC Form 471 review procedures subject to the substantive edits as provided in the confidential attachment.
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6/6/2011
Restated Line Count Letter: With this letter, the Commission provides explanation to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) concerning procedures to be followed when a competitive Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC) files revised line count reports with USAC.
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5/26/2011
Total Call Mobile, Inc. Public Notice: Total Call seeks forbearance from the facilities requirement to be designated an ETC for the limited purpose of Lifeline support.
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5/17/2011
Odyssey Charter School Order: In the attached E-rate order we resolve an appeal of a USAC decision concerning the school's discount calculation. In the order we grant Odyssey Charter’s request for review of a USAC decision and provide the schools with 60 days to provide additional documentation to support their requested discount level.
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5/17/2011
Gila Bend Unified School District 24 Order: Wireline Competition Bureau denies two appeals filed by Gila Bend Unified School District concerning its applications for funding under the E-rate program. The order finds that Gila failed to retain the required documentation that would demonstrate its compliance with the Commission’s competitive bidding rules.
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5/17/2011
Cascade School District 422 Order: Wireline Competition Bureau denies an appeal filed by Cascade School District concerning its application for funding under the E-rate program. The order finds that Cascade failed to demonstrate compliance with the Commission’s competitive bidding rules.
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5/16/2011
BCG, Inc and Reliable Telephone Company Order: In this order by TAPD, we deny requests filed by BCG, Inc. and Reliable Telephone Company, LLC. Each of the petitioners seeks waiver of the filing deadline for the 2009 FCC Form 499-A, and requests reversal of late filings fees for failure to timely file. We find that the petitioners have failed to demonstrate that good cause exists to justify waiver of the filing deadline. We direct USAC to collect any outstanding balance from BCG and Reliable Telephone, including any related late filing fees.
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5/16/2011
Cricket Forbearance 90 Day Extension: In this order, pursuant to section 10(c) of the Communications Act, we extend by 90 days the date by which the petition requesting forbearance filed by Cricket Communications, Inc. 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.
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5/12/2011
Western Wireless Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau approves the requests of Western Wireless, LLC, successor by merger of Western Wireless Corporation d/b/a Verizon Wireless (Western Wireless), to relinquish its eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) designations in the state of Wyoming and on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
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5/12/2011
AT&T Mobility Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau addresses a petition filed by AT&T pursuant to section 214(e)(6) of the Communications Act in which AT&T requests transfer of the eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) designation held by Western Wireless, LLC d/b/a Alltel for service offered to Tribal members on the Pine Ridge Reservation in the state of South Dakota and designation as an ETC. The Bureau grants in part AT&T Mobility’s petition, finding that AT&T meets the eligibility requirements of section 214(e)(1) of the Act and the Commission’s rules to be designated as an ETC.
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5/10/2011
Sacred Heart School Order: In this order, we reconsider a decision by the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) and grant an application for review filed by Sacred Heart School, Shawano, Wisconsin (Sacred Heart). Sacred Heart seeks review of the Bureau’s February 3, 2005 order affirming a decision made by the Schools and Libraries Division of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to dismiss Sacred Heart’s appeal to USAC because it was postmarked more that 60 days after the date on an FCC Form 471 Outside of Window letter.
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5/9/2011
Universal Service Administrative Company Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for guidance filed by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) on the proper classification of text messaging revenues for purposes of reporting and contributing to the Universal Service Fund. Specifically, USAC is seeking guidance on whether text messaging revenues should be reported as telecommunications revenue or non-telecommunications revenue.
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5/9/2011
The Rural Independent Competitive Alliance Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a Petition for Declaratory Ruling filed by the Rural Independent Competitive Alliance (RICA). RICA requests that the Commission clarify that rural competitive local exchange carriers are not obligated to report on the FCC Form 499-A any portion of their end user revenues that is not collected pursuant to rates explicitly designated as charges for the provision of interstate service. RICA also requests that the Commission clarify that end user revenues recovered pursuant to rates charged for the provision of telephone exchange service entirely within one state are intrastate revenues.
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5/6/2011
NTCH, Inc. Order: In this order, the Wireline Competition Bureau accepts NTCH’s request to withdraw its previously filed petition for forbearance from the Act’s requirement that eligible telecommunications carriers use their own facilities to offer supported services.
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5/4/2011
Separation Freeze Extension Report and 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.
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5/4/2011
Maryland Department of Juvenile Services Order: Wireline Competition Bureau denies the petition of the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services seeking a waiver of section 54.503 of the Commission’s competitive bidding rules to enable Juvenile Services to use an existing multi-year contract without filing an FCC Form 470 and initiating a new competitive bidding process under the E-rate program.
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5/4/2011
Verizon Wireless Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Verizon Wireless for reconsideration of the Bureau's April 1, 2011 letter to USAC to implement the company-specific cap on high-cost universal service support that the Commission imposed in October 2007 on Verizon Wireless’s predecessor in interest, Alltel Corporation.
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5/3/2011
Pilot Program Deadline Order: In response to various requests for extensions of time to meet certain Pilot Program deadlines, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) takes several actions to facilitate ongoing administration and completion of the Rural Health Care Pilot Program (Pilot Program). First, subject to certain conditions, the Bureau extends by one year, to June 30, 2012, the deadline for participants in the Pilot Program to choose a vendor and request funding commitments from the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). Second, the Bureau extends by one year the invoice deadline for Pilot Program participants.
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5/2/2011
Budget Prepay, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on nine petitions filed by Budget PrePay, Inc. (Budget PrePay) on April 18, 2011. Budget PrePay seeks designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier for the limited purpose of offering Lifeline and Link-Up services to end-user customers in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
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5/2/2011
Nexus Communications, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a Nexus Communications, Inc. (Nexus) petition filed on April 5, 2011. Nexus seeks designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier for the limited purpose of offering Lifeline and Link-Up services in the non-rural areas of Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
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4/29/2011
Clear World Communications Corporation Order: In this order, we deny in part a request for review filed by Clear World Communications Corp. We find that USAC appropriately determined that: (1) on its FCC Forms 499-A for 2005 and 2006, Clear World incorrectly allocated all revenues from monthly recurring charges as international, and (2) once a portion of such revenues were properly allocated as interstate, Clear World no longer qualified for the limited international revenues exemption (LIRE).
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4/28/2011
Annual Lifeline Verification Surveys and Certifications Public Notice: This public notice serves as a reminder 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 the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) by August 31, 2011, and ensure that USAC receives the certification by that date, attesting that the ETC has complied with the state verification procedures.
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4/28/2011
Grande Communications Networks, Inc. Order: In this order, we address four separate petitions filed by Grande Communications Networks, Inc. (Grande), Advantage Cellular Systems, Inc. (Advantage), Decatur Telephone Co. (Decatur), and Range Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (Range) for waiver of high-cost universal service filings deadlines set forth in sections 54.307(c) or 54.904(d) of the Commission’s rules.
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4/28/2011
Allo Communications Order: In this Order, we deny seven separate petitions filed by Allo Communications (Allo), Bayland Communications, LLC (Bayland), Columbus Telephone Company (Columbus), Great Lakes of Iowa, Inc. (Great Lakes), HTC Communications, LLC (HTC), Pine Belt Cellular, Inc. (Pine Belt), and Windy City Cellular, LLC (Windy City) for waiver of high-cost universal service support filing deadlines set forth in sections 54.307, 54.314, 54.802, 54.809, 54.903(a), and 54.904(d) of the Commission’s rules.
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4/28/2011
NewComm Wireless Services Order: In this Order, we address a petition filed by NewComm Wireless Services, Inc. d/b/a MoviStar (NewComm) for a waiver of the universal service high-cost support filing deadline set forth in section 54.307(d) of the Commission rules.
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4/27/2011
Millennium 2000, Inc. Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed on April 12, 2011 by Millennium 2000, Inc. (Millennium 2000), a mobile virtual network operator, for forbearance from the requirement in section 214(e)(1)(A) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, that eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) provide service, at least in part, over their own facilities.
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4/27/2011
Worldcall Interconnect, Inc. Order: In this order, the Wireline Competition Bureau dismisses without prejudice a petition filed by Worldcall Interconnect, Inc. to be designated as an eligible telecommunications carrier in the state of New York because Worldcall’s petition is procedurally defective. Specifically, Worldcall’s network improvement plan, which is required for ETC designation, depends explicitly on an erroneous interpretation of the Commission’s rules and requirements.
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4/27/2011
Lancaster School District Order: Wireline Competition Bureau grants Lancaster School District, Lancaster, PA, an extension of services delivery implementation deadline for non-recurring services under the E-rate program.
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4/26/2011
Network Enhanced Telecom, LLP Order on Reconsideration: Wireline Competition Bureau denies NetworkIP's petition for reconsideration of a prior Bureau order addressing NetworkIP's request for review of a contributor audit performed by the Universal Service Administrative Company. In so doing, the Bureau explained that the NetworkIP Order neither required NetworkIP to collect Form 499 Filer ID numbers from customers in order to treat them as resellers nor made any conclusions as to what NetworkIP calls "intermediate resellers."
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4/21/2011
Allendale County School District Order: Wireline Competition Bureau addresses 19 appeals of decisions by USAC denying requests for funding under the E-rate program. The order finds that seven petitioners did not violate the Commission's competitive bidding rules. In 12 other instances, the order finds that a waiver of the Commission’s rules is in the public interest.
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4/21/2011
Alternative Phone, Inc. Order: Wireline Competition Bureau dismisses as procedurally defective a request for review filed by Alternative Phone, Inc. Petitioner sought waiver of the 45 days deadline for filing revisions to Form 499-Q. The dismissal is without prejudice.
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4/18/2011
Kodiak Area Native Association Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Kodiak Area Native Association (KANA), seeking reversal of Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) decisions denying rural health care universal service support for portions of certain funding requests for six KANA facilities.
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4/18/2011
Copper River Native Association Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for review filed by Copper River Native Association (Copper River), seeking reversal of Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) decisions denying rural health care universal service support to portions of certain funding requests for four health clinics because Copper River violated the Commission’s competitive bidding rules.
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4/18/2011
Virgin Islands Telephone Corp. d/b/a Innovative Telephone Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Virgin Islands Telephone Corp. d/b/a Innovative Telephone for waiver of a filing deadline required by section 54.903(a) of the Commission’s rules for receipt of high-cost universal service support.
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4/18/2011
Winstream Communications, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Windstream Communications, Inc. for waiver of a filing deadline required by section 54.903(a) of the Commission’s rules for receipt of high-cost universal service support.
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4/14/2011
Correction Deadline Order: In this order, the Commission extends the deadline for applicants under the E-rate program to submit corrections of clerical or ministerial errors on their FCC Forms 470 and FCC Form 471 applications until USAC issues a funding commitment decision letter to the applicant.
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4/13/2011
Albuquerque School District, et al Order: In this order, we grant 13 appeals and deny 19 appeals of decisions by the Universal Service Administrative Company concerning applications in various funding years for discounted services under the E-rate program. All of the appeals concern applicants denied funding by USAC for alleged violations of the Commission’s competitive bidding rules.
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4/13/2011
Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District Order: In this order, we grant two appeals of decisions by the Universal Service Administrative Company under the E-rate program because the entities at issue were ineligible for funding. Consistent with precedent and based on our review of the record, we find that both petitioners have provided sufficient evidence to demonstrate that the entities at issue were eligible for support.
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4/13/2011
Alpine Union School District Order: In this order, we grant six requests for review of decisions of the Universal Service Administrative Company denying petitioners funding under the E-rate program for funding years (FYs) 2003 to 2008. USAC denied petitioners funding on the grounds that they sought telecommunications services from providers that were not telecommunications carriers, in violation of E-rate rules.
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4/13/2011
Al-Noor School Order: In this order, we address 11 requests from petitioners seeking waivers of the FCC Form 471 application filing window deadline for funding years 2009 and 2010 under the E-rate program. Consistent with the Commission’s Academy of Math and Science Order, and based on our review of the record, we find that two petitioners have demonstrated that special circumstances exist to justify a waiver of the E-rate program’s FCC Form 471 application filing window deadline. We grant those requests for waiver and remand the underlying applications to the Universal Service Administrative Company for further action consistent with this order. We deny, however, nine requests for waiver because we find that the petitioners failed to present special circumstances to justify a waiver of the Commission’s rules.
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4/13/2011
Twiggs County School District Order: In this order, we deny the requests for review filed by Twiggs County School District and American Control Systems, Inc. of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company under the E-rate program for funding year 2003.We affirm USAC’s decision denying ACS’s request for an extension of the service delivery deadline for the requested recurring services.
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4/11/2011
USAC Board Appointments Letter: On April 11, 2011, Chairman Julius Genachowski named one member to the Board of Directors of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).
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4/11/2011
USAC Board Appointments Public Notice: On April 11, 2011, Chairman Julius Genachowski named one member to the Board of Directors of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).
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4/8/2011
Allied Wireless Communications Corporation Order: In this order, the Wireline Competition Bureau denies petitions for waiver of high-cost universal service filing deadlines.
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4/7/2011
NE Colorado Cellular, Inc. D/B/A Viaero Wireless Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau provides notice that it is initiating a proceeding to consider a petition filed by NE Colorado Cellular, Inc. d/b/a Viaero Wireless, pursuant to section 54.207 of the Commission’s rules.
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4/7/2011
American Broadband & Telecommunication Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed on February 25, 2011, by American Broadband & Telecommunications for forbearance from the requirement that eligible telecommunications carriers provide service, at least in part, over their own facilities.
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4/7/2011
U.S. Satellite Corporation Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by U.S. Satellite Corporation requesting that the Commission issue a declaratory ruling clarifying that revenues derived from services USSC provides to its affiliate are excluded from its universal service fund contribution base.
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4/7/2011
Guidance to USAC Regarding ETC Advertisement: In this letter, the Bureau responds to a request for guidance from the Universal Service Administrative Company regarding eligible telecommunications carriers’ (ETCs’) obligation to advertise supported services.
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4/1/2011
ATT/Alltel Company Specific Cap USAC Guidance Letter: In this letter, the Bureau responds to a request for guidance from the Universal Service Administrative Company regarding the implementation of caps on universal service support for AT&T and ALLTEL. The letter explains that USAC should implement the caps for the time each was in effect.
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3/30/2011
Universal Service Fund/Intercarrier Compensation Reform Workshop Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau announces the second in a series of workshops on universal service and intercarrier compensation reform. This workshop, to be held April 27, 2011, in Washington D.C., will focus on universal service reform proposals, including Phase One of the Connect America Fund.
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3/30/2011
Line Up, LLC Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on the petition of Line-Up, LLC for designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier under section 214(e)(6) of the Act.
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3/30/2011
NTUA Wireless, LLC Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on the petition of NTUA Wireless, LLC for designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier under section 214(e)(6) of the Act.
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3/30/2011
Little Flower School Order: In this order, we grant an appeal filed by Little Flower School (Little Flower) of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) reducing a discount sought in an application for services under the E-rate program for funding year 2006.
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3/29/2011
Manitowoc Public Utilities Order: In this order, we deny a request filed by Manitowoc Public Utilities (Manitowoc).
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3/29/2011
Ringsted Communications Company Order: In this order, we grant a request by Ringsted Communications Company (Ringsted) for a waiver of a deadline set forth in section 54.307(c) of the Commission’s rules for competitive eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) to file line count data with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to receive certain high-cost universal service support.
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3/29/2011
F&B Communicaitons, Inc. f/k/a Farmers' and Business Men's Telphone Company Order: In this order, we grant a request by F&B Communications, Inc. f/k/a Farmers’ and Business Men’s Telephone Company (F&B Communications) for a waiver of section 54.802(a) of the Commission’s rules, which sets forth deadlines for eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) providing service within an area served by a price cap local exchange carrier (LEC) to file line count data on a quarterly basis with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to receive certain high-cost universal service support.
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3/24/2011
Airvoice Wireless Withdrawal Order: In this order the Bureau grants Airvoice’s request to withdraw its forbearance petition that sought forbearance from section 214(e)(1)(A) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, in order to seek designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) for the sole purpose of participating in the universal service fund Lifeline program.
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3/22/2011
USAC Board Nomination Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks nominations for the following board member position on the Board of Directors of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). The position is currently vacant.
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3/22/2011
Barrow County School District Order: In this order, the Bureau grants six appeals of decisions by USAC that reduce or deny funding from the E-rate program for various funding years. USAC reduced or denied funding based on the service start date information provided on the FCC Form 486 submitted by the applicants. The applicants affected by the USAC decisions state that they submitted the incorrect service start date when filing FCC Forms 486. As WCB found in Glendale Unified School District, minor mistakes such as this do not warrant the complete rejection of these applications given that the applicants made a procedural error and did not violate a Commission rule. Therefore, we find good cause to grant the appeals and remand the underlying applications to USAC for further action consistent with this order.
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3/21/2011
California Telehealth Network Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) seeks comment on a request filed by the California Telehealth Network (CTN) and the Palmetto State Providers Network (PSPN) for additional funding under the Rural Health Care Pilot Program (Pilot Program).
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3/21/2011
Washington RSA No. 8 Limited Partnership Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Washington RSA No. 8 Limited Partnership; Eastern Sub-RSA Limited Partnership d/b/a Inland Cellular for waiver of the March, 30 2010 quarterly filing deadlines of the Commission’s Rules.
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3/16/2011
Cellular South Licenses, Inc. and United States Cellular Corp. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a joint petition filed by Cellular South Licenses, Inc. and United States Cellular Corporation requesting that the Commission reconsider its decision amending a rule established by the Interim Cap Order to reclaim high-cost universal service support surrendered by a competitive eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) when it relinquishes ETC status in a particular state.
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3/16/2011
NTCH, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by NTCH, Inc. on behalf of itself and its affiliate WGH Communications, Inc. (collectively, NTCH).
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3/16/2011
Challis Joint School District #181 Order: In this order, we deny the request for review by Challis Joint School District #181 (Challis) of a decision of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) concerning applications for discounted services under the E-rate program.
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3/15/2011
Dorial Telecom LLC Order: In this order, we dismiss as procedurally defective Dorial Telecom, LLC (Dorial)’s request for review. In its request, Dorial states that it incorrectly reported revenues on its quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheets for the first and second quarters of 2009. The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) billed Dorial for universal service fund contributions based on the incorrectly reported amounts. Dorial refused to pay the invoices, and was subsequently assessed interest on the outstanding payments.In the request for review, Dorial asks the Commission to cancel this interest.
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3/11/2011
Western New York Rural Area Health Education Center Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) seeks comment on a request filed by the Western New York Rural Area Health Education Center (R-AHEC) for additional funding under the Rural Health Care Pilot Program (Pilot Program).
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3/10/2011
USF/ICC Reform Public Notice: On February 9, 2011, the Commission released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on proposals to fundamentally modernize the Commission’s universal service fund and intercarrier compensation system.
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3/9/2011
E-Rate Deployed Ubiquitously (EDU) 2011 Selected Applications Public Notice: In this Public Notice, the Bureau announces it selection of 20 projects for the E-rate Deployed Ubiquitously (EDU) 2011 wireless pilot program. These projects will support mobile access to the Internet in order to improve educational opportunities for students or to help library patrons find and apply for jobs. The initiatives range from off-campus access to e-textbooks for students; to connectivity for netbooks for students living in remote, isolated areas; to access to flexible, online education programs for home-bound students unable to attend classes because of medical challenges.
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3/8/2011
OneLink Wireless, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by OneLink Wireless, Inc. (OneLink) seeking designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier for the limited purpose of offering Lifeline and Link-Up services to end-user customers in Alabama, New York, North Carolina and Virginia.
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3/7/2011
Chicago Public Schools Order: In this order, we grant six requests for review of decisions by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) denying applications for discounted services under the schools and libraries universal service support mechanism, also known as the E-rate program, for funding years 2002, 2004, and 2005.
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3/7/2011
Cellular Properties, Inc Order: In this order, the Bureau conditionally grants Cellular Properties’ request to redefine a rural telephone company’s service area in Illinois. In the item we consent to the Illinois Commerce Commission’s proposed service area designation, subject to the condition that Wabash Telephone disaggregate and target the universal service high-cost support it receives. We therefore refer to the Illinois Commission the issue of whether Wabash Telephone should be permitted or required to disaggregate and target the support it receives.
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3/7/2011
USAC Funding Policy Guidance Public Notice: On March 1, 2011, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) requested guidance from the Federal Communications Commission on certain issues related to universal service fund contributor reseller processes.
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3/4/2011
Lifeline and Link Up Reform and Modernization NPRM: This item takes steps to comprehensively reform and modernize the Lifeline/Link Up program for 21st century communications needs building on recommendations of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, the Government Accountability Office, and the National Broadband Plan. The reforms will set the program on a firmer footing, establishing greater accountability and ensuring that millions of low-income Americans continue to receive affordable phone service while using savings from reforms to fund pilot programs for broadband.
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3/1/2011
Form 499-A Public Notice: On March 1, 2011, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) released the revised annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet (FCC Form 499-A) and accompanying instructions. The Bureau revised the Form and instructions to make the process of preparing Form 499 more user-friendly for filers.
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2/25/2011
Partner Communications Cooperative Memorandum Opinion and Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau denies Partner Communications Cooperative Forbearance Petition.
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2/22/2011
Five Year Invoicing Deadline Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on numerous requests for waiver of the Commission’s rules regarding the deadline to file invoices pursuant to the Rural Health Care Pilot Program.
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2/18/2011
MiCTA Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request by MiCTA for waiver of the Rural Health Care Program rules.
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2/18/2011
Funds For Learning, LLC. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition by Funds For Learning, LLC. to reject the Universal Service Administrative Company's priority two discount threshold recommendation for the schools and libraries program for funding year 2010.
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2/18/2011
Blitz Communications, Inc. Order: In this order, A short-form grant of appeals where applicants mistakenly assumed FCC Form 500 extended their services implementation deadline.
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2/18/2011
Bridgeport School District Order: In this order, a short form grant of separate appeals from 3 petitioners giving them another chance to show that they met the E-rate program requirement of having the necessary resources to effectively use the E-rate services they sought.
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2/18/2011
Barberton City School District Order: In this order, we denying Barberton City School District’s request for review. We find that USAC correctly applied the rules for the alternative discount mechanisms to determine the applicant's discount level.
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2/16/2011
Zefcom, LLC D/B/A Telispire PCS Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition for forbearance filed on January 13, 2011, by Zefcom, LLC d/b/a Telispire PCS (Telispire) requesting that the Commission forbear from the requirement that eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) provide service, at least in part, over their own facilities.
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2/15/2011
Instruction Letter to USAC: With this letter, we direct the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to take steps to implement the recommendations in the Government Accountability Office Report entitled Telecommunications: FCC’s Performance Management Weaknesses Could Jeopardize Proposed Reforms of the Rural Health Care Program.
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2/10/2011
Anne Boyle Joint Board Order: The Honorable Anne C. Boyle, Commissioner, Nebraska Public Service Commission, Appointed to Serve on the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service.
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2/10/2011
Joint Board USF/ICC Workshop Public Notice: On February 17, 2011, State Members of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service (Joint Board) will hold a workshop to assist in the preparation of their joint comments in response to the Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on modernizing and streamlining its universal service and intercarrier compensation policies adopted at the Commission’s February 8, 2011 Open Meeting.
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2/10/2011
Soutwest Telehealth Access Grid Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) seeks comment on a request filed by the Southwest Telehealth Access Grid (SWTAG) for additional funding under the Rural Health Care Pilot Program (Pilot Program).
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2/10/2011
NTCH, Inc. Order: In this order, pursuant to section 10(c) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the Act), we extend by 90 days the date by which the petition requesting forbearance filed by NTCH, Inc. (NTCH) 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.
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2/9/2011
Connect America Fund NPRM: In this NPRM, the Commission proposes to transform the high-cost portion of the Universal Service Fund to support broadband, as well as to reform the intercarrier compensation system.
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2/8/2011
Interim Cap Adjustment Letter: Wireline Competition Bureau Instructs the Universal Service Administrative Company to Implement the Revised Interim Cap Amount for Competitive Eligible Telecommunications Carriers.
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2/8/2011
Data Practice NPRM: In this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, we continue the Commission’s examination of its data practices through the Data Innovation Initiative, including the identification of data collections that can be eliminated without reducing the effectiveness of our decision-making.
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2/8/2011
Broadband and Voice Data Streamlining and Modernization NPRM: In this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), we seek comment on whether and how to reform the Form 477 data program to improve the Commission’s ability to carry out its statutory duties, while streamlining and minimizing the overall costs of the program, including the burdens imposed on service providers.
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2/8/2011
Cintex Wireless, LLC Order: On November 1, 2010, Cintex Wireless, LLC (Cintex) filed the above-captioned petition for forbearance. On January 5, 2011, Cintex submitted a request to withdraw that petition. We grant the request to withdraw and dismiss the petition.
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2/4/2011
Beaver Creek Cooperative Telephone Company Order: In this order, we grant a joint petition of Beaver Creek Cooperative Telephone Company (Beaver Creek) and Qwest Corporation (Qwest) for a waiver of the study area boundary freeze codified in the Appendix-Glossary of Part 36 of the Commission’s rules. The study area waiver will permit Qwest to remove a territory from its Oregon study area and permit Beaver Creek to add that same territory to its existing Oregon study area.
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1/28/2011
Accipiter Communications, Inc. Public Notice: WCB Seeks Comment on Accipiter Communications Application for Review of Bureau Decision to Deny a Waiver of The Commission’s Study Area Boundary Freeze.
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1/28/2011
Deadline Extension Public Notice: WCB Provides Guidance on Procedural Treatment of Additional Requests for Extension of the June 30, 2011 Deadline for Requesting Funding Commitments under the Universal Service Rural Health Care Pilot Program.
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1/25/2011
Wildflower Telecommunications, LLC Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Wildflower telecommunications, LLC for waiver of the December, 31 2010 and December, 30 2010 quarterly filing deadlines of the Commission’s Rules.
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1/25/2011
Puerto Rico Telephone Company Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for review filed by the Puerto RicoTelephone Company regarding a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), concerning the performance audit conducted by KPMG LLP (KPMG) for the Universal Service Fund disbursements made to the company during the twelve-month period ended June 30, 2008.
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1/25/2011
Dialtoneservices, L.P. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by DialToneServices, L.P. for waiver of the December, 30 2010 filing deadlines of the Commission’s Rules.
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1/21/2011
WCB Guidance Letter: The Wireline Competition Bureau provides guidance to USAC on duplicate claims for Lifeline support.
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1/19/2011
Health Information Exchange of Montana (HIEM) Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) seeks comment on a request filed by the Health Information Exchange of Montana (HIEM) for additional funding under the Rural Health Care Pilot Program (Pilot Program).
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1/19/2011
Puerto Rico Telephone Company Public Notice: The The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for review filed by the Puerto Rico Telephone Company of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) concerning an audit of Puerto Rico Telephone Company’s compliance with federal universal service high-cost program requirements.
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1/19/2011
Consolidated Communications of Fort Bend Company Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for review filed by Consolidated Communications of Fort Bend Company, Illinois Consolidated Telephone Company, and Consolidated Communications of Texas of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company concerning an audit of those companies’ compliance with federal universal service high-cost program requirements.
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1/19/2011
Fulton Telephone company Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request filed by Fulton Telephone Company for review of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company concerning an audit of Fulton Telephone Company’s compliance with federal universal service high-cost program requirements.
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1/19/2011
Viaero Wireless Redefinition Request Public Notice: Viaero seeks agreement with a redefinition proposed by the Kansas Commission.
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1/14/2011
Sprint Nextel Relinquishment Order: In this order we grant Sprint’s request to relinquish their ETC designations in various states.
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1/14/2011
Item 21 Attachment Order: In this order, we clarify the treatment of attachments to applications for the E-rate program (formally known as the schools and libraries universal support program.
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1/14/2011
Camden City Public Schools Order: In this order, we grant three requests for waiver by school districts seeking approval to use the E-rate discounts committed for equipment or services in specified schools within their districts at other eligible schools.
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1/14/2011
Bayless Intermediate School Order: In this order, we grant an appeal filed by Bayless Intermediate School (Bayless) of a decision of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) denying its funding request for discounts under the E-rate program (more formally known as the schools and libraries universal service support program). We find that Bayless complied with the E-rate program’s competitive bidding rules.
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1/14/2011
Bryan Independent School District Order: In this order, we grant an appeal filed by Bryan Independent School District (Bryan) of a decision of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) denying Bryan discounts under the E-rate program (more formally known as the schools and libraries universal service support program).
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1/14/2011
Youthbuild Columbus Community School Order: In this order, we grant an appeal filed by Youthbuild Columbus Community School (Youthbuild) of a decision of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) rescinding funding already committed to Youthbuild under the E-rate program (more formally known as the schools and libraries universal service support program).
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1/14/2011
CML Communications LLC Order: In this order, we dismiss as procedurally defective a request for review filed by CML Communications LLC (CML) on November 1, 2010. CML states it failed to file its annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet, and now seeks review and waiver of the associated late fees. In the alternative, CML asks us to waive at least a portion of the late fees and allow it to pay the remaining balance over time.
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1/14/2011
deltathree, Inc. Order: In this order, we grant a request for review by deltathree, Inc. (deltathree). On October 27, 2009, deltathree filed revised versions of several quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet (FCC Form 499-Q) with (USAC). Although deltathree filed these revisions more than 45 days after the original deadline for each FCC Form 499-Q, USAC accepted the revisions. In its request, deltathree states that USAC accepted the revisions because they were upward revisions (i.e., they increased deltathree’s contribution obligation). We conclude that USAC erred in accepting these late-filed revisions, and accordingly USAC should not have re-calculated deltathree’s universal service contribution obligations based on these late-filed revisions.
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1/13/2011
Dixie Net Communications, Inc. Order: In this order, we grant a request by Dixie Net Communications, Inc. (Dixie Net) for a waiver of section 54.307(c) of the Commission’s rules, which sets forth deadlines for competitive eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) to file line count data with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to receive certain high-cost universal service support.
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1/13/2011
Warren Village School Order: In this order, we grant a request for review filed by Warren Village School (Warren) of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) denying funding under the E-rate program (more formally known as the schools and libraries universal service support program) for funding year 2003.
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1/12/2011
Upper Peninsula Telephone Company and Michigan Central Broadband Company, LLC Public Notice: On December 29, 2010, Upper Peninsula Telephone Company (Upper Peninsula) and Michigan Central Broadband Company, LLC (Michigan Central) filed a joint petition for waiver of the study area boundary freeze codified in part 36 of the Commission’s rules. The Commission froze all study area boundaries effective November 15, 1984 to prevent incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (LECs) from establishing separate study areas made up only of high-cost exchanges to maximize their receipt of high-cost universal service support.
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1/12/2011
Cedar-Wapsie Communications, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Cedar-Wapsie Communications, Inc. for waiver of the filing deadline required by section 54.904(d) of the Commission’s rules for receipt of universal service high-cost support. Section 54.904(d) sets forth the deadline for rate-of-return carriers and competitive eligible telecommunications carriers serving rate-of-return service areas to file an annual certification with the Universal Service Administrative Company and the Commission to receive Interstate Common Line Support.
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1/11/2011
TracFone Wireless, Inc. Order: This order denies a petition for waiver filed by TracFone seeking to modify the compliance plan condition that it require each of its Lifeline customers to self-certify annually that they are the head of their household and receive Lifeline-supported service only from TracFone.
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1/10/2011
Letter to USAC: Letter from Sharon Gillett to Brian L. Talbott, Chairman - Board of Directors, Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) announcing that Chairman Julius Genachowski named six members to the USAC Board of Directors.
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1/10/2011
USAC Board Nominations Public Notice: Chairman Genachowski Names Six Members to the Board of Directors of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).
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1/6/2011
Boomerang Wireless, LLC Public Notice: Boomerang Wireless, LLC is seeking designation as an ETC for the limited purpose of participating in the universal service low-income Lifeline program.
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1/6/2011
XO Communication Services, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for review filed by XO Communication Services, Inc. (XO) on December 29, 2010.
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1/6/2011
2010 E-Rate Program and Broadband Usage Survey Release: WCB Releases Summary of 2010 E-Rate Program and Broadband Usage Survey.
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