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12/28/2012
A.C.E. Charter High School Order: Granted 11 and denied 6 requests for review and/or waiver from applicants who filed their FCC Form 471 applications after the close of the E-rate program’s filing window deadline.
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12/27/2012
General Communication, Inc. and Virgin Islands Telephone Corp Order: WCB waives the requirement that GCI recertify a limited number of Lifeline subscribers and provides a 30-day extension to the Virgin Islands Telephone Company to complete the Lifeline recertification process in the US Virgin Islands.
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12/27/2012
Accipiter Communications, Inc., Follow Up Letter: This letter to Accipiter Communications, Inc. requests additional information to enable the Wireline Competition Bureau to complete its analysis of Accipiter's petition for waiver of certain Commission rules.
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12/27/2012
Connect America Phase II Footprint Challenge Process Public Notice: Sought comment on procedures for challenging a census block’s eligibility to receive Connect America Phase II support. Also sought comment on procedures for carriers to accept a statewide commitment in Connect America Phase II.
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12/26/2012
South Central Telephone Association, Inc. Public Notice: Public Notice seeking comment on a petition filed by South Central Telephone Association, Inc. requesting waiver of section 54.302 of the Commission’s rules and the Commission’s rule limiting reimbursable costs for purposes of determining high cost loop support.
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12/26/2012
Qwest/All West Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau Grants QWEST/All West Joint Petition for Study Area Waivers.
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12/26/2012
Compliance Plan Approval Public Notice: WCB approves Compliance Plans of AirVoice Wireless, LLC, AmeriMex Communications Corp., Blue Jay Wireless, LLC, Millennium 2000, Inc., PlatinumTel Communications, LLC, Nexus Communications, Inc., Sage Telecom, Inc., Telrite Corporation, and Telscape Wireless.
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12/26/2012
Bastrop Independent School District Order: Granting requests from five E-rate petitioners seeking review of decisions made by USAC to reduce E-rate funding because applicants failed to timely submit FCC Form 486.
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12/21/2012
Rural Health Care Report and Order: The Commission launches the Healthcare Connect Fund to expand health care provider access to broadband and foster state and regional broadband health care networks, and creates a Skilled Nursing Facility Pilot Program.
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12/21/2012
United States Telecom Association Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) grants several petitions for a limited waiver of sections 54.407(d), 54.410(b)(2)(ii), 54.410(c)(2)(ii) and 54.410(e) similar to that previously granted by the WCB to allow more time for those states to implement a process to share consumer eligibility certifications with Eligible Telecommunications Carriers.
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12/20/2012
Now Comm, Zing PCS, LTS, Odin Wireless and TX Mobile Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on petitions for designation as a low-income eligible telecommunications carrier filed by Now Comm, Zing PCS, LTS, Odin Wireless, and TX Mobile.
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12/20/2012
Windy City Cellular, LLC and Adak Eagle Enterprise, LLC Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau and Wireless Telecommunications Bureau approve interim relief for Adak Eagle Enterprises, LLC Windy City Cellular, LLC from certain high-cost rules and provides them with interim support, while the Bureaus complete review of the companies’ respective waiver petitions.
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12/20/2012
Accipiter Communications, Inc. Order: Approved limited, interim relief from the Commission's rules to provide additional high-cost universal service support to Accipiter Communications, Inc.
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12/19/2012
Broadband Pilot Program Order: Using a competitive selection process, the Wireline Competition Bureau has chosen the highest quality pilot projects that will provide data about and rigorous analysis of approaches to increasing broadband adoption and retention among low-income consumers.
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12/19/2012
Net56, Inc. Order: Granted one request for review of USAC's decision relating to cost effectiveness, cost allocation, and other E-rate issues.
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12/18/2012
Virgin Mobile USA, LP Order: Wireline Competition Bureau extends by 90 days the date by which Virgin Mobile’s forbearance petition shall be deemed granted in the absence of a Commission decision.
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12/18/2012
Dooly County School System Order: Bureau dismisses Dooly County School System's request to hold in abeyance USAC's demand payment letters.
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12/18/2012
Bluford Drew Jemison Stem Academy-East, 334 Order: Granted 3 requests for review and/or waiver of USAC decisions denying funding because it found that the applicants failed to respond to its requests for additional information within the USAC-specified time frame.
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12/13/2012
2013 Modification of Average Schedule Order: Wireline Competition Bureau approves NECA’s 2013 proposed modifications to the formula used to calculate interstate USF High Cost Loop Support for Average Schedule Companies.
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12/12/2012
Abbotsford School District Order: Granted 58 requests for review or requests for waiver and denied 33 requests for review or requests for waiver.
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12/12/2012
FCC Forms 499 A and Q and Accompanying Instructions Comment Cycle Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau announces deadline for comments on proposed revisions to Forms 499 and accompanying Instructions.
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12/11/2012
OX Communications Services, Inc. Clarification Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition for clarification and partial reconsideration of the 2012 Wholesaler-Reseller Clarification Order filed by XO Communications Services, Inc.
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12/11/2012
Connect America Fund Phase II Cost Model Public Notice: Today, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) announces the availability of version one of the Connect America Cost Model, which provides Commission staff and interested parties the ability to calculate costs using a variety of different inputs and assumptions. Parties may access this version of the cost model at http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/caf-phase-ii-models. Parties also will be required to execute the relevant acknowledgement of confidentiality, licensing, and nondisclosure documents that will be released as attachments to a Third Supplemental Protective Order.
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12/11/2012
Third Supplemental Protection Order: On November 18, 2011, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) released the USF/ICC Transformation Order. In that Order, the Commission adopted a methodology for distributing universal service support under the newly created Connect America Fund Phase II in areas served by price cap carriers. The methodology will use a forward-looking cost model to estimate the costs of deployment of voice and broadband capable networks in high-cost areas and identify at a granular level the areas where support will be made available. The Commission delegated to the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) “the task of selecting a specific engineering cost model and associated inputs” that meet the criteria specified in the USF/ICC Transformation Order.
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12/11/2012
Virgin Island Telephone Clarification Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) seeks comment on a petition for clarification and waiver of the Lifeline rules filed by Virgin Islands Telephone Corp., Inc. D/B/A Innovative Telephone (Innovative).[1] In its petition, Innovative explains that legal issues unique to the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) justify waiver and/or clarification of the Commission’s Lifeline eligibility criteria.
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12/10/2012
Unserved Census Blocks List Public Notice: Announced updated list of unserved census blocks based on updates and corrections to the underlying geographic information system data.
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12/10/2012
TelePacific Stay Request Public Notice: WCB seeks comment on a request for stay of the Wholesaler-Reseller Clarification Order pending the petition for partial reconsideration by U.S. TelePacific Corp. d/b/a TelePacific Communications to the extent it requires universal service contribution on the transmission component of broadband Internet access.
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12/10/2012
TelePacific Reconsideration Request Public Notice: WCB seeks comment on petition for partial reconsideration of the Wholesaler-Reseller Clarification Order by U.S. TelePacific Corp. d/b/a TelePacific Communications to ensure that universal service contributions are assessed on broadband Internet service providers in a competitively neutral and nondiscriminatory manner.
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12/10/2012
Opt Out of the National Lifeline Accountability Database Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on state certifications to opt-out of the National Lifeline Accountability Database (national database) filed by California, Texas, Vermont, Oregon and Puerto Rico.
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12/10/2012
South Park LLC Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by South Park, L.L.C. d/b/a South Park Telephone Company for waiver of section 54.302 of the Commission’s rules, and of the rule limiting capital and operating costs reimbursable through HCLS.
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12/7/2012
CTE Telecom, LLC (CTE) Order: WCB Order grants a request by CTE Telecom to reverse an audit finding requiring CTE to contribute to the USF on revenues from its broadband Internet access service.
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12/6/2012
Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow Order: Granted 6 requests for review of USAC decisions reducing applicant’s E-rate funding because of applicants’ untimely submissions of their FCC Forms 486.
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12/5/2012
National Broadband Map Challenge Public Notice: Announced publication of a list of census blocks in price cap territories shown as unserved on the National Broadband Map, and sought comment on corrections and changes to that list.
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12/4/2012
Net56, Inc. Order: Granted two requests for review of USAC decisions relating to cost effectiveness, cost allocation, and other E-rate issues.
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12/4/2012
Sprint-Florida, Inc. Order: The Bureau denies a request for review of a USAC commitment adjustment recovery action to recover monies attributed to equipment and services that were reimbursed to Sprint, but not provided to Dade County Public Schools.
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12/4/2012
Forth Worth Independent School District Order: The Bureau grants a request for review filed by Fort Worth ISD of a USAC commitment adjustment recovery action. Specifically, USAC sought recovery for recurring services that were not supported by proper documentation, and replacement equipment. On appeal, Fort Worth provided invoices to support the services it billed USAC, and provided documentation demonstrating that it purchased equipment of equal price and equivalent functionality. Based on the documentation provided, we grant Fort Worth's appeal.
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12/3/2012
CenturyLink Order: Granted CenturyLink’s request to extend the deadline for New Jersey to file its 54.314 certification on behalf of CenturyLink.
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11/30/2012
Lifeline Re-Certification Order: Wireline Competition Bureau grants a limited waiver of the Lifeline re-certification rules for i-wireless, PR Wireless and TracFone, and extends the deadline for re-certification for SBI and Verizon.
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11/30/2012
Time Warner Cable, Inc. Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on Time Warner’s petition for forbearance from the service area definition requirement for the limited purpose of participating in the Lifeline program.
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11/26/2012
Monroe 1 BOCES Order: The order addresses 8 E-rate appeals regarding the requirements to create technology plans.
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11/26/2012
Virginia Cellular, LLC and Highland Cellular, Inc. Order and Reconsideration: Denied five petitions for reconsideration of Commission designations of Virginia Cellular and Highland Cellular as ETCs in Virginia.
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11/23/2012
WCB Comment on Proposed Changes to FCC Forms 499 A and Q and Accompanying Instructions Public Notice: In order to promote clarity, transparency and predictability, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) seeks comment on proposed revisions to (1) the annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet, FCC Form 499-A (Form 499-A) and accompanying instructions (Form 499-A Instructions) to be used in 2013 to report 2012 revenues, and (2) the quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet, FCC Form 499-Q (Form 499-Q) and accompanying instructions (Form 499-Q Instructions) to be used in 2013 to report projected collected revenues on a quarterly basis.
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11/20/2012
Dell Telephone Cooperative, Inc. Letter: Requested further information from Dell Telephone Cooperative, Inc. regarding its petition for waiver of three new Universal Service Fund rules.
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11/20/2012
Euclid City School District Order: Wireline Competition Bureau grants Euclid City School District’s and Shannon County School District’s E-rate appeals after finding that their vendor selection processes were consistent with the Commission’s competitive bidding policy goals.
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11/20/2012
Connecticut Educators' Network Order: Denies in part and grants in part appeal and request for waiver by the Connecticut Educators' Network (CTEN), with regard to E-rate rules requiring consortiums to collect CIPA certification forms (FCC Form 479) from consortium members and to file certification information on the FCC Form 486.
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11/19/2012
Connect America Phase I Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: On November 18, 2011, the Commission released the USF/ICC Transformation Order and FNPRM, which comprehensively reforms and modernizes the high-cost universal service and intercarrier compensation systems.
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11/19/2012
Bloom High School District 206 Order: Denied 8 requests for review of USAC decisions requiring E-Rate funding applicants to submit their requests to either the FCC or to USAC within 60 days. Also, addressed 2 petitions for reconsideration.
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11/16/2012
Protective Order Associated with USF/ICC Transformation Fifth Recon: Adopted procedures to provide limited access to certain financial information filed by privately held rate-of-return carriers pursuant to section 54.313(f)(2) of the Commission’s rules.
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11/16/2012
Verizon Wireless and Alltel Communicaitons, LLC Order: Approved the requests of Verizon Wireless and Alltel Communications, LLC to relinquish eligible telecommunications carrier designations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia, effective December 31, 2012.
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11/16/2012
Sprint Nextel Corporation Order: Approved Sprint Nextel Corporation’s request to relinquish the eligible telecommunications carrier designation of its affiliate Sprint Corporation in Alabama, Georgia, New York, and Virginia, effective December 31, 2012.
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11/16/2012
USF/ICC Transformation Fifth Order on Reconsideration: Reconsidered and clarified certain aspects of the USF/ICC Transformation Order regarding financial reporting obligations and requests for waiver in response to various petitions for reconsideration and/or clarification.
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11/14/2012
Implementation of the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act Public Notice: This Public Notice answers frequently asked questions about the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act, which requires schools receiving E-rate support for Internet access or internal connections to educate minors about appropriate online behavior.
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11/14/2012
Ysleta Independent School District Order: Granted IBM’s and Ysleta’s requests for review of a USAC commitment adjustment recovery action, concluding that Ysleta complied with the Commission’s rules governing use of E-rate funded equipment in effect at the time of the funding commitment.
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11/13/2012
Comments Sought on Lightyear's Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Lightyear seeking waiver from the Lifeline recertification requirement.
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11/9/2012
Atlanta Public School Order: Granted Atlanta Public School's E-rate appeal after finding it lacked notice that its services were being reclassified by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).
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11/7/2012
Net56, Inc. Order: In this order, the Bureau Grants three requests for review and finding that the parties signed the applicable contracts before filing of the applicant’s FCC Forms 471, the applicant cost allocated eligible from ineligible services, and the services at issue were cost effective.
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11/6/2012
Administrative Headquarters Order: In this order, the Bureau grants seven requests for review and/or waiver seeking review of decisions made by USAC to deny or rescind funding because the applicants failed to have a signed contract in place when their FCC Forms 471 were submitted. The Bureau also denies one request for review, finding in that instance that the applicant did not have a legally binding agreement in place when its FCC Form 471 was submitted.
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11/5/2012
Contributions Wholeseller Reseller Clarification Order: In this Order, we address several requests regarding federal Universal Service Fund (USF or Fund) contribution obligations of wholesale providers and their customers. Our actions today provide much-needed clarification for contributors on existing USF contribution obligations and administrative requirements for the contribution system.
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11/5/2012
High Cost Universal Service Filing Deadline Waiver Request Public Notice: The Telecommunications Access Policy Division (Division) of the Wireline Competition Bureau has found that there is good cause to grant two petitions for waiver of Commission rules that set forth deadlines that eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) had to meet for ETCs to be eligible to receive certain forms of high-cost universal service support.
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11/2/2012
Budget Prepay, Inc. Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Budget PrePay seeking waiver from the Lifeline recertification requirement.
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10/25/2012
Free Mobile, Inc., ICON Telecom, Inc. and NewPhone Wireless, L.L.C. Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on ETC Designation Petitions filed by ICON, Free Mobile and NewPhone.
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10/24/2012
North Central Ohio Computer Cooperative Order: Dismissed E-rate petition for reconsideration filed by North Central Ohio Computer Cooperative because it was untimely.
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10/23/2012
General Communications, Inc. (GCI) Annual Recertification Rule Clarification Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by General Communication, Inc. (GCI) requesting clarification of the requirement that an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) recertify the eligibility of its Lifeline subscribers on an annual basis.
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10/23/2012
Conestoga Valley School District Order: Consistent with precedent,we deny four appeals from Conestoga Valley School District seeking review of decisions made by the Universal Service Administrative Company.
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10/23/2012
Audubon Regional Library Order: In this order, the Bureau grants 4 requests for review and/or waiver seeking review of decisions made by USAC to reduce or deny funding based on incorrect service start date information inadvertently provided on the FCC Form 486 submitted by the applicants.
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10/23/2012
Business Communicationss, Inc. Order: This order grants two E-rate appeals after finding that both schools involved paid their share of the price of the E-rate services they purchased.
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10/22/2012
Cricket Communications, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Cricket seeking waiver from the Lifeline recertification requirement.
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10/19/2012
Connect America Additional Phase II Cost Model Virtual Wrokshop Topics Public Notice: On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, the Wireline Competition Bureau announced the commencement of the Connect America Phase II cost model virtual workshop and listed a number of discussion topics for which it sought public input.
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10/19/2012
Connect America Phase II Cost Model Virtual Workshop Topics Deadline Public Notice: On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, the Wireline Competition Bureau commenced the Connect America Phase II cost model virtual workshop.
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10/17/2012
Annette Island School District Order: In this order, the Bureau grants 14 requests for review and waiver seeking review of decisions made by USAC to reduce or deny funding because the applicants failed to submit their FCC Form 486 timely.
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10/16/2012
Digital Compass Telecom, LLC Order: Wireline Competition Bureau denies a petition for waiver filed by Digital Compass Telecom, LLC. Petitioner sought a temporary waiver of monthly universal service contribution requirements. The Bureau finds that petitioner has failed to offer evidence demonstrating good cause for waiver.
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10/16/2012
Bestel USA, Inc. Order: Wireline Competition Bureau denies a request for review filed by Bestel USA, Inc. Petitioner sought reversal of a USAC decision upholding late fees and interest assessed for late payment of monthly USAC invoices. The Bureau finds that USAC properly sent invoices to the billing address on file and properly instructed Bestel on the procedures for updating registration information.
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10/16/2012
Baltimore-Washington Telephone Company Order: Wireline Competition Bureau denies a request for review and petition for waiver filed by Baltimore-Washington Telephone Company. Petitioner sought reversal of a USAC decision upholding late fees arising from late filings of FCC Form 499-A or, in the alternative, waiver of the late fees assessed. The Bureau finds that USAC correctly assessed the late fees and that Petitioner failed to show good cause for waiver.
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10/11/2012
Annual Recertification Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau reminds Eligible Telecommunications Carriers and state administrators that the eligibility of the base of their subscribers as of June 1, 2012 must be recertified by December 31, 2012 and provides guidance on the process for recertification.
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10/11/2012
Elimination of Duplicate Support Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau provides guidance to Eligible Telecommunications Carriers (ETCs) and state administrators regarding compliance with the one-per-household rule adopted in the Lifeline Reform Order and reminds ETCs of their ongoing duty to prevent and eliminate duplicative support.
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10/11/2012
State Database Opt-Out Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau provides guidance to states regarding the process of opting out of the National Lifeline Accountability Database established in the Lifeline Reform Order.
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10/10/2012
Flatel, Inc. Order: TAPD dismisses Flatel, Inc. request for review of a USAC decision when an appeal is pending with USAC.
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10/9/2012
Commencement of Connect America Phase II Cost Model Virtual Workshop Public Notice: On September 12, 2012, the Wireline Competition Bureau announced that it would hold a Connect America Phase II cost model virtual workshop. Today, the Bureau announces the virtual workshop begins on Tuesday, October 9, 2012.
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10/4/2012
Believe Wireless, LLC Order: In this order, the Wireline Competition Bureau grants Believe Wireless’ request to withdraw its request for review that was pending with the Commission.
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10/3/2012
Border to Border Communications, Inc. Order: In this order, the Wireline Competition Bureau grants the request of Border to Border Communications for expedited waiver to correct its study area boundaries that were used in regression analysis that established “benchmarks” for high-cost loop support.
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10/2/2012
Independent School District of Boise City Order: WCB grants a remands appeals to USAC pertaining to E-rate funding sought for the lease of dark fiber for a WAN.
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10/2/2012
Alaska Communications System Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition for waiver of certain Connect America Phase I rules filed by ACS. Specifically, ACS requests waiver of the requirement to deploy broadband to one unserved location for every $775 in Phase I support accepted.
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9/27/2012
Eligible Services Report and Order: By this order, we release the list of eligible services for the schools and libraries universal support mechanism (E-rate program) for funding year 2013.
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9/26/2012
Union Parish School District Order: We deny a request for review filed by Union Parish School Board and grant two requests for review filed by BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc.
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9/26/2012
Missoula Public School Order: In this order we grant a request for review by Missoula Public Library of a USAC commitment adjustment recovery action for funding year 1998.
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9/25/2012
Federal State Joint Conference on Advanced Services Vacancies Order: Swati Dandekar, Board Member, Iowa Utilities Board, and Stephen Michael Bloom, Commissioner, Oregon Public Utility Commission, appointed to serve on the Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Services.
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9/21/2012
Sprint Nextel, Affordable Phone Service and Absolute Home Phone Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on petitions filed by Sprint Nextel Corporation, Affordable Phone Services, Inc., and Absolute Home Phones, Inc., requesting waivers of section 54.410(f) of the Commission’s rules requiring eligible telecommunications carriers to annually recertify the eligibility of their Lifeline subscribers.
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9/21/2012
Mercury Wireless Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau denies a petition for waiver filed by Mercury Wireless, LLC. Petitioner sought waiver of late fees assessed for late filing of FCC Form 499-A. Petitioner failed to show good cause for waiver.
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9/21/2012
BelWave Communications Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau denies a petition for waiver filed by Belwave Communications. Petitioner sought waiver of late fees assessed for late filing of FCC Form 499-A. Petitioner failed to show good cause for waiver.
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9/17/2012
ACS Wireless, Inc. Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau waives the July 2, 2012 deadline for ETCs to file their annual reports required under the USF/ICC Transformation Order. ETCs are given 30 days from the release of this Order to file any necessary reports. The Bureau dismisses as moot a petition for waiver filed by ACS Wireless of its filing deadline. The Bureau also waives the October 1, 2012 deadline for states to file annual certifications that universal service funding is being properly used. States have 60 days from release of this Order to file their certifications.
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9/14/2012
Acadia Parish School Board Head Start Program Order: In this order, we address 39 requests from petitioners seeking waivers of the FCC Form 471 application filing window deadline and one petition for reconsideration for funding years 2009 2011, and 2012 under the E-rate program.
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9/13/2012
Chadbad Outreach Center Order: Order denies six requests from petitioners seeking review of decisions made by USAC to deny funding. The Bureau also dismiss two petition for reconsiderations. The petitioners failed to submit their requests for review or waiver either to the Commission or to USAC within 60 days as required by the Commission’s rules.
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9/13/2012
Wauneta Telephone Company Order: In this order, we grant the request of Wauneta Telephone Company (Wauneta) for expedited waiver to correct its study area boundaries that were used in the regression analysis that established “benchmarks” for high-cost loop support (HCLS).
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9/13/2012
USAC Board Nominations Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks nominations for the following board member positions on the Board of Directors of the Universal Service Administrative Company.
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9/12/2012
Connect America Phase II Cost Model Virtual Workshop Public Notice: The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) will convene a “virtual workshop” to solicit input from the public on Connect America Fund (Connect America) Phase II cost model design and inputs after the in-person workshop scheduled for September 13 and 14, 2012.
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9/12/2012
2013 Modification of the Average Schedule Universal Service High Cost Loop Support Formula Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on the 2013 Modification of Average Schedule high-cost loop support formula proposed by NECA.
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9/11/2012
Fairpoint Communications Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by FairPoint Communications, Inc for a waiver of certain portions of section 54.312(b) of the Commission’s rules, which, among other things, provides the timeframe and obligations associated with accepting Connect America Phase I incremental support.
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9/11/2012
Central Texas Telephone Cooperative, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comments on a petition filed by Central Texas Telephone Cooperative, Inc. for waiver of the rule limiting reimbursable capital and operating expenses applied to high cost loop support.
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9/10/2012
Connect America Phase II Cost Model Workshop Public Notice: On August 20, 2012, the Wireline Competition Bureau announced that it would hold a Connect America Phase II cost model workshop. Today, the Bureau announces the detailed agenda for the Connect America Phase II cost model workshop.
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9/5/2012
Yakutat School District Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau dismisses a second E-rate petition for reconsideration filed by Yakutat School District.
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8/30/2012
Matanuska Telephone Association Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on the Matanuska Telephone Association’s petition for waiver of the CAPEX benchmark.
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8/27/2012
LMAS Dristric Health Department Public Notice: Bureau seeks comment on a request for review filed by Luce-Mackinac-Alger-Schoolcraft District Health Department (LMAS) seeking reversal of a USAC decision denying LMAS’s request for Funding Year 2010 rural health care support. LMAS also requests that the Commission grant it a waiver of the FCC Form 466 filing deadline for Funding Year 2010. LMAS argues that it failed to file its 2010 Form 466 due to an administrative oversight and that it did not violate any substantive rules.
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8/27/2012
Corporate Telecom Order: Wireline Competition Bureau denies a petition for waiver filed by Corporate Telecom. Petitioner sought waiver of the filing deadline for FCC Form 499-A. Petitioner failed to show good cause for waiver.
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8/27/2012
Primo Communications Order: Wireline Competition Bureau dismisses a petition for review as procedurally defective, and denies a waiver filed by Primo Communications. Petitioner sought waiver of the filing deadline for FCC Form 499-A. Petitioner failed to show good cause for waiver.
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8/27/2012
Cox Communications, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed on August 14, 2012 by Cox Communications, Inc. (Cox). Cox seeks forbearance from enforcing section 214(e)(5) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, and section 54.207 of the Commission’s rules in connection with pending and future Cox applications for limited designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier to participate in the Lifeline program.
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8/27/2012
Allband Filing Deadline Public Notice: WCB reminds parties of deadline for filing oppositions and replies regarding the Allband Communications Cooperative Application for Review of the decision issued by the WCB in the July 25, 2012 order, DA 12-1194. In their August 24, 2012 filing, Allband seeks: Extending the current waiver of section 54.302 from three years to 15 years and also seeks a waiver of section 36.621(a)(5) for the same fifteen-year period.
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8/23/2012
Outfitter Satellite Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Outfitter Satellite, Inc. (Outfitter).
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8/21/2012
Iowa Department of Education Order: In the order, we grant the appeal by the Iowa Department of Education and conclude that USAC can provide E-rate support for telecommunications services provided by ICN for funding years 1998, 1999 and 2000.
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8/20/2012
Truth or Consequences Municipal Schools Order: Consistent with precedent, we deny a request from Truth or Consequences Municipal Schools (TCMS) seeking review of a decision made by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) under the E-rate program (more formally known as the schools and libraries universal service support program) for funding year 2007. In its decision, USAC determined that TCMS violated E-rate program rules by failing to evaluate all the bids it received.
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8/20/2012
PR Wireless Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) seeks comment on a petition filed by PR Wireless, Inc. d/b/a/ Open Mobile (PR Wireless) requesting a waiver of the recertification requirement in the Lifeline Reform Order for subscribers enrolled between January 1, 2012 and June 1, 2012. Specifically, PR Wireless argues that its subscribers enrolled between January, 1, 2012 and June 1, 2012 have already demonstrated eligibility, viewed disclosures and made certifications as part of the process in Puerto Rico and that these disclosures and certifications meet nearly all of the requirements of sections 54.410(d) and (f). PR Wireless asserts that subscriber confusion and attrition will result if its waiver request is not granted.
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8/20/2012
Connect America Phase II Cost Model Workshop Public Notice: On November 18, 2011, the Commission released the USF/ICC Transformation Order, which comprehensively reforms and modernizes the universal service and intercarrier compensation systems.
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8/16/2012
Airvoice Wireless, LLC Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on petition filed by Airvoice Wireless, LLC (Airvoice) for limited designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) for the provision of Lifeline service. Airvoice seek designation as an ETC for the limited purpose of offering Lifeline service in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina, New York, Tennessee and Virginia.
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8/16/2012
T-Mobile USA, Inc. Order: In this order, we conditionally grant a third amended petition filed by T-Mobile USA, Inc. (T-Mobile) for limited designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) for the purpose of providing Lifeline services in the states of Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, New Hampshire, New York, Tennessee, Virginia and the District of Columbia. We also conditionally grant an amended petition filed by NTCH, Inc. (NTCH) seeking limited designation as an ETC for the purpose of providing Lifeline services in the states of North Carolina and Tennessee. T-Mobile and NTCH (together, the petitioners) respectively filed the Third Amended T-Mobile ETC Petition and the Amended NTCH ETC Petition (together, the Petitions) pursuant to section 214(e)(6) of the Communications Act, as amended (the Act), and section 54.202 of the Commission’s rules.
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8/13/2012
Rural Health Care Pilot Program Staff Report: In this Staff Report, the Wireline Competition Bureau describes the current status of the Rural Health Care Pilot Program, key benefits arising from the Pilot Program, and major lessons learned.
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8/10/2012
Ed Tec Solutions LLC Order: The Order grants the requests for review filed by Ed Tec Solutions LLC (Ed Tec) seeking review of a USAC decision rescinding or denying funding for discounted services under the E-rate program because Ed Tec’s contracts allowed payments to be made in installments after the work was completed.
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8/10/2012
SI Wireless Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on an ETC Designation Petition filed by SI Wireless for the provision of Lifeline service in Tennessee.
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8/10/2012
State E-Rate Coordinators' Alliance Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by the State E-rate Coordinators’ Alliance (SECA) asking for clarification on whether and to what extent the Commission’s rules for E-rate (more formally known as the schools and libraries universal service support program) permit service providers to bundle end-user devices and equipment that are ineligible for E-rate support with E-rate eligible services without having to reduce the amount of an applicant’s E-rate funding request by the cost of the ineligible end-user devices and equipment.
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8/10/2012
Assumption-All Saints School Order: We find violations of the Commission's competitive bidding rules, and therefore deny an appeal filed by 10 applicants and their service provider, Future Generation, Inc.
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8/10/2012
TracFone, Smith Bagley and I-Wireless Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on petitions filed by TracFone, Smith Bagley and i-wireless seeking declaratory ruling or waiver from the recertification requirement for Lifeline in the Commission’s rules.
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8/9/2012
Thedacare Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for review filed by ThedaCare Physicians-Shawano Clinic (ThedaCare) seeking reversal of a decision of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) in which USAC denied ThedaCare’s request that USAC recalculate ThedaCare’s Funding Year 2010 rural health care support based on corrected rural and urban rates.
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8/8/2012
Birch Communications, Boomerang Wireless, IM Telecom, Q Link Wireless and Tag Mobile Public Notice: In this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau approves compliance plans for participation in the Lifeline program by Birch Communications, Boomerang Wireless, IM Telecom, Q Link Wireless, and TAG Mobile.
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8/8/2012
Utphone Public Notice: In this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on UTPhone Inc.’s petition for waiver of the Commission’s Link Up rules.
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8/8/2012
Graydon Manor School Order: Order dismisses Graydon Manor’s petition for reconsideration as untimely and also dismisses the petition because it relies on arguments that fail to identify any material error, omission, or reason warranting reconsideration and relies on arguments that have been fully considered and rejected by the Commission within the same proceeding.
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8/7/2012
Tracfone Public Notice: In this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request to include the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in the list of programs which qualify households for Lifeline under the Commission’s rules.
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8/3/2012
Baltimore County Public Schools Order: In this order, the Bureau denies 13 requests from petitioners seeking review of decisions made by USAC to deny funding. The Bureau also denies one petition for reconsideration. The petitioners failed to submit their requests for review or waiver either to the Commission or to USAC within 60 days as required by the Commission’s rules.
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7/31/2012
Lifeline Program Savings Public Notice: In this report, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) provides an update on the implementation of the major reforms adopted by the Commission in the Lifeline Reform Order and the progress made towards the Commission’s $200 million savings target for 2012. The Bureau estimates that the reforms have already generated approximately $42.75 million in savings to the Universal Service Fund (Fund) thus far in 2012 compared to what would have been distributed to Eligible Telecommunications Carriers (ETCs) in the absence of reform. These savings were generated by continuing in-depth data validations (IDVs) to check for and eliminate duplicative Lifeline support, eliminating Link Up support on non-Tribal lands and on Tribal lands for Lifeline-only ETCs, and capping support for Toll Limitation Service (TLS). Based on these savings and anticipated savings in the second half of the year, the Bureau anticipates the reforms will yield at least $200 million in savings to the Fund for 2012.
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7/31/2012
Network Services Solutions, L.L.C. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Network Services Solutions, L.L.C. (NSS) for a waiver of section 54.611 of the Commission’s rules. That section requires that the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) reimburse any monies due 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. NSS also requests that the Commission grant an expedited stay of USAC’s decision, allowing NSS to continue to receive bi-monthly rural health care support disbursements pending the Commission’s review of the instant waiver request.
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7/31/2012
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 (Providence Seward) seeking reversal of a decision of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) in which USAC reduced Providence Seward's funding requests for Funding Year 2010 under the rural health care support mechanism. Providence Seward argues that USAC erroneously applied a mileage-based charge in calculating Providence Seward’s universal service support and that Providence Seward has been unfairly prejudiced by delays in USAC’s determinations.
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7/31/2012
Community Eligibility Option Guidance Letter: In this letter, the Bureau provides USAC with guidance on the impact of the United States Department of Agriculture’s new National School Lunch Program reimbursement mechanism, known as the Community Eligibility Option, on the universal service E-rate program.
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7/30/2012
Special Education District of Lake County Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau denies an appeal of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company filed by the Special Education District of Lake County.
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7/30/2012
Burke County Board of Education Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau grants an appeal of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company filed by the Burke County Board of Education.
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7/27/2012
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) for a waiver of the filing deadline required by section 54.904(d) of the Commission’s rules. Section 54.904(d) sets forth the deadline for carriers eligible to receive Interstate Common Line Support to file an annual certification with the Universal Service Administrative Company and the Commission.
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7/26/2012
Rates Survey Public Notice: In this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a proposed survey of urban rates for fixed voice and fixed broadband residential services. The Bureau also seeks comment concerning how, using data from the urban rates survey, to determine the local voice rate floor and the reasonable comparability benchmarks for fixed voice and fixed broadband services.
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7/25/2012
Allband Communications Cooperative Order: In this order, we grant in part and dismiss as moot in part a petition filed by Allband Communications Cooperative (Allband or Company) for a waiver of section 54.302 of the Commission’s rules, which established a $250 per line per month cap on high-cost universal service support (“$250 cap”), and section 36.621(a)(5) of the Commission’s rules, which limits reimbursement of capital and operating costs from high-cost loop support (HCLS).
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7/25/2012
Debt Collection Process for Delinquent Contributors Public Notice: Office Of Managing Director announces revised debt collection process for delinquent contributors to the Universal Service Fund, the Telecommunications Relay Services Fund and the North American Numbering Plan.
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7/25/2012
Windstream Communications Public Notice: In this Public Notice, WCB seeks comment on a petition filed by Windstream Communications for waiver of certain portions of section 54.312(b) of the Commission’s rules, which, among other things, provides that a recipient of CAF Phase I incremental support must deploy broadband to one unserved location, as shown on the then-current National Broadband Map, for every $775 of incremental support the recipient accepts.
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7/25/2012
South Country Central School District Order: Consistent with precedent, we deny three appeals seeking review of decisions of the Universal Service Administrative Company under the E-rate program.
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7/25/2012
Akisha Networks, Inc. Order: Consistent with precedent, we deny three appeals seeking review of decisions of the Universal Service Administrative Company under the E-rate program.
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7/25/2012
NASUCA Order: This order denies NASUCA's motion for a thirty-day extension for all commenter to file reply comments to the Contribution Methodology Reform and Modernization FNPRM.
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7/23/2012
La Poynor Independent School Distict Order: In this order, the Bureau grants LaPoynor ISD's request for review seeking review of a decision made by USAC to deny funding because LaPoynor sought cancellation of funding.
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7/23/2012
Al Noor High School Order: In this order, the Bureau grants 16 requests for review and/or waiver from petitioners seeking review of decisions made by USAC to deny or rescind funding because 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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7/19/2012
Rural Health Care Reform Further Comments Public Notice: In this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau seeks to develop a more focused and comprehensive record in several areas in the pending Rural Health Care reform rulemaking proceeding, particularly with regard to the proposed Broadband Services Program.
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7/19/2012
ACS Wireless, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by ACS Wireless, Inc. for a waiver of section 54.313(j) of the Commission’s rules, which requires an eligible telecommunications carrier to file an annual report with the Commission, the Universal Service Administrative Company, and the relevant state commissions, relevant authority in a U.S. Territory, or Tribal governments, as appropriate.
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7/18/2012
FY 2012 Rollover Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau announces the carry-forward of $1.050 billion in E-rate funds for funding year 2012.
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7/18/2012
Connect America Fund Phase I Clarification Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) clarifies certain rules relating to Phase I of the Connect America Fund (CAF) in order to assist the price cap carriers that shortly will be making their election to accept additional funding to spur broadband deployment.
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7/13/2012
Integrity Communications (Brooks Consolidated Independent School District) Order: Consistent with precedent, we grant 4 requests for review of decisions made by USAC denying funding or seeking recovery of funding provided because the petitioners did not demonstrate that they had sufficient resources to effectively use the E-rate services they sought to purchase. The Bureau also dismisses two appeals for applications that were withdrawn.
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7/12/2012
Border to Border Communications, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Border to Border Communications, Inc. for waiver of two high-cost universal service rules.
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7/11/2012
Birch, Blue Jay, EZ Reach, Linkup Telecom, Tele Circuit Network and You Talk Mobile Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on petitions filed by Birch, Blue Jay Wireless, EZ Reach Mobile, Linkup Telecom, Tele Circuit Network Corporation and You Talk Mobile-Federal for designation as eligible telecommunications carriers.
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7/11/2012
Dell Telephone Cooperative Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Dell Telephone Cooperative for waiver of three high-cost universal service rules.
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7/11/2012
Puerto Rico Telephone Company Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request filed by Puerto Rico Telephone Company, Inc.
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7/11/2012
Critical Alert Systems Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request filed by Critical Alert Systems, LLC, formerly known as NEP, LLC.
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7/9/2012
Tracfone Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed on May 30, 2012 by TracFone Wireless (TracFone) to require eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) to retain documentation of program-based eligibility. In its petition, TracFone requests that the Commission require all ETCs to retain a copy of the underlying documentation used to determine program-based Lifeline eligibility for at least three years following receipt of such documentation. TracFone states that the recently-adopted rule, 47 C.F.R § 54.410(c)(1)(i)(B), which requires ETCs to review subscriber documentation prior to enrollment, does not sufficiently protect against waste, fraud, and abuse.
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7/6/2012
Rural Health Care Bridge Funding Order: In this order, we maintain support on a limited, interim, fiscally responsible basis for specific Rural Health Care Pilot Program (Pilot Program) participants that have exhausted their funding this year or will exhaust such funding during funding year 2012.
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7/6/2012
Albany City School District Order: Consistent with precedent, we grant five requests and deny one request from petitioners to correct clerical errors they made in submissions to the Universal Service Administrative Company for support under the E-rate program.
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7/5/2012
Colorado Public Utilities Commission Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed on June 18, 2012 by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (Colorado PUC) pursuant to section 54.207 of the Commission’s rules. In its petition, the Colorado PUC requests the Commission’s agreement to redefine the service area of Nucla-Naturita Telephone Company.
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7/5/2012
CTIA -The Wireless Association and the United States Telecom Association Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for clarification and in the alternative a petition for waiver of various reporting requirements of sections 54.313(a)(11), 54.313(c) and 54.313(a)(1) of the Commission’s rules and clarification or reconsideration of the five-year service quality improvement plans filed by CTIA and USTelecom on June 25 2012.
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7/5/2012
Eligible Services List Public Notice: By this public notice, we seek comment on a draft eligible services list (draft ESL) for the schools and libraries universal support mechanism (E-rate program) for funding year 2013.
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6/29/2012
Hopi Telecommunications, Inc. Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau grants a request for a limited extension of time to Hopi Telecommunications, Inc. to submit an application to participate in the Commission's broadband adoption pilot program for low-income consumers.
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6/29/2012
2012 Second Modification of Average Schedule Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau approves modifications proposed by NECA to the formula used to calculate universal service high-cost loop support starting July 1, 2012.
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6/27/2012
CenturyLink Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on CenturyLink’s petition for waiver of deployment requirements for Connect America Fund Phase I.
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6/26/2012
Silver Star Telephone Company Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau denies petitions to stay the implementation of the HCLS benchmarks filed by Silver Star Telephone Company, Blue Valley Telecommunications, East Ascension Telephone Company, and a group of rural trade associations.
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6/26/2012
West River Cooperative Telephone Company and Kennebec Telephone Companies Order: TWCB grants requests of West River Cooperative and Kennebec Telephone for expedited waiver to correct their study area boundaries used for high-cost loop support benchmarks.
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6/22/2012
High Cost Loop Support Data Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau announces access to high-cost loop support data submitted by NECA.
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6/21/2012
Churchill County School District Order: In this order, the Bureau denies eight requests from petitioners seeking review of decisions made by USAC to deny funding. The petitioners failed to submit their requests for review or waiver either to the Commission or to USAC within 60 days as required by the Commission’s rules).
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6/21/2012
The State Educational Technology Directors Association Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) asking for clarification on the use of funding from the E-rate program (more formally known as the schools and libraries universal service support program) for remote access by teachers and students to virtual private networks (VPNs).
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6/21/2012
Believe Wireless Public Notice: This public notice seeks comment on a request for reversal of late fees assessed due to Believe Wireless’ 2012 FCC Form 499-A.
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6/20/2012
District of Columbia PSC Waiver Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau releases an order granting a petition filed by the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (DC PSC) on behalf of itself and the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) for waiver from 47 C.F.R. § 54.410(d) of the Commission’s rules adopted in the Lifeline Reform Order.
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6/20/2012
Colorado Springs School District Order: In this order, we granted the requests for review. Remanded the underlying applications to USAC for further consideration.
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6/18/2012
Annunciation Elementary School Order: In this order, the Bureau grants two requests for waiver and review from petitioners seeking review of decisions made by USAC to deny funding because the petitioners did not file their FCC Forms 472 or 474 timely. The Bureau also dismiss one request for review as moot.
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6/13/2012
i-wireless, LLC Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau conditionally grants the Amended i-wireless ETC Petition and the Amended Cricket ETC Petition for the purpose of providing Lifeline services in certain states.
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6/12/2012
Marconi Communications, Inc. Order: Consistent with precedent, we grant a request for waiver filed by Marconi Communications, Inc. regarding the timely submission of an appeal of a USAC COMAD decision. Specifically, we grant the waiver of the appeal filing deadline finding that Marconi submitted its appeal to USAC in a reasonable time period after receiving actual notice of the decision.
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6/12/2012
Kearney Public Schools Order: Consistent with E-rate program rules and procedures, we grant a request for review by Kearney Public Schools of a USAC COMAD decision to recover funds that were invoiced to USAC. The appeal specifically requests that USAC reduce the recovery amount for equivalent equipment that was purchased, but that was not the exact equipment originally requested.
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6/12/2012
Milburn Public Schools Order: In this order, we address two appeals from Milburn Public Schools seeking review of decisions made by the Universal Service Administrative Company under the E-rate program for funding years 2005 and 2006.
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6/12/2012
Birmingham City Schools Order: Wireline Competition Bureau grants in part and denies in part an appeal of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company filed by Birmingham City Schools.
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6/11/2012
The Compliance Plan of NTCH, Inc. Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau approves the compliance plan for participation in the Lifeline program of NTCH, Inc. NTCH, a facilities based carrier, was conditionally granted forbearance from the service area redefinition requirement.
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6/8/2012
Comments on Model Design and Data Inputs for Phase II on the Connect America Fund Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a number of threshold decisions regarding the design of and data inputs to the forward-looking cost model to be used in Connect America Fund Phase II, and on other assumptions in the cost models currently in the record.
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6/7/2012
Universal Service Contribution Methodology Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Comment Deadline Public Notice: In this public notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau announces deadlines for comments on the Universal Service Contribution Methodology Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
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6/7/2012
Albertville City Schools Order: In this order, the Bureau grants 12 requests for waiver and review from petitioners seeking review of decisions made by USAC to deny or reduce funding because the petitioners did not file their FCC Form 486 timely.
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6/6/2012
Letter to Sandwich Isles Communications, Inc.: In this letter, WCB requests further information from Sandwich Isles regarding its petition for waiver of section 54.302 of the Commission’s rules.
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6/1/2012
CAF Phase II Model Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau reports on its progress towards developing the Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II model.
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6/1/2012
Study Area Boundaries Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on data specifications for collecting study area boundaries.
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6/1/2012
Average Schedule Company Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on the proposed formula which if approved is scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2012, and remain in effect through December 3, 2012.
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5/31/2012
ADAK Eagle Enterprises, LLC d/b/a ADAK Telephone Utility Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Adak Eagle Enterprises, LLC d/b/a Adak Telephone Utility for waiver of section 54.302 of the Commission’s rules, which establishes a total limit on high-cost universal service support of $250 per-line per-month to be phased in over three years beginning July 1, 2012.
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5/31/2012
Lifeline Waiver Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau releases an order granting in part and denying in part four separate petitions filed by US Telecom, California, Oregon and Colorado seeking permanent or temporary waiver of the various rules adopted in the Lifeline Reform Order.
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5/31/2012
Imagine College Preparatory High School Order: In this order, the Bureau grants five requests for waiver and review from petitioners seeking review of decisions made by USAC to reduce or deny funding because USAC found that the applicants failed to respond to its requests for additional information within the USAC-specified time frame. Bureau also dismisses one appeal as moot.
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5/31/2012
HCLS Benchmarks Order Filing and Commenting Deadline Reminder Public Notice: In this Public Notice, WCB announces deadlines for comments on four applications for review of WCB’s HCLS Benchmarks Order.
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5/29/2012
USAC Board of Directors Appointment Letter: Chairman Genachowski Names Member to the Board of Directors of the Universal Service Administrative Company.
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5/25/2012
American Broadband & Telecomm, Budget Prepay, Consumer Cellular, Global Connection, Terracom and Total Call Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau approves compliance plans for participation in the Lifeline program by American Broadband & Telecommunications, Budget PrePay, Consumer Cellular, Global Connection, Inc. of America, TerraCom and Total Call.
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5/23/2012
Sprint Nextel Corporation Order: In this order we grant Sprint's appeal and find that in funding year 2006 Anaheim City sought mobile broadband service that was eligible for funding as Internet access. We also deny Sprint's associated waiver request in the appeal asking that funding be granted to Anaheim City for the end-user connection cards associated with the service.
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5/22/2012
CCRC Community Link Order: Consistent with precedent, this order denies five requests from petitioners seeking review of decisions made by the Universal Service Administrative Company under the E-rate program to deny them funding for an entity ineligible for E-rate support.
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5/22/2012
Anderson Elementary School Order: In this order, we grant 56 requests from petitioners for waivers of the FCC Form 471 application filing window deadline for funding years 2005, 2011 and 2012 under the E-rate program. We deny 18 other such requests.
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5/22/2012
USAC's Draft Audit Report Extension Order: In this order, the Bureau grants USAC a limited waiver of section 54.717(f) of the Commission's rules to extend the filing deadline through August 1, 2012, for USAC's independent auditor to submit its draft audit report for calendar year 2011.
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5/21/2012
Diversified Computer Solutions, Inc. Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau dismiss as moot two appeals filed by Diversified Computer Solutions, Inc., on behalf of four school districts after finding that all submitted invoices were funded.
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5/18/2012
E-Rate Inflation Based Cap for FY 2012 Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau announces that the inflation-based increase for the funding year 2012 E-rate is 2.1%, resulting in $48,104,327 more E-rate dollars and raising the cap to $2,338,786,577.
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5/16/2012
Diversified Computer Solutions, Inc. Order: In this order, the Wireline Competition Bureau grants 15 appeals from petitioners seeking to reverse the decisions of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), which found that technology plan rules for the E-rate program had been violated.
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5/16/2012
Academy of Excellence Order: In this order, the Wireline Competition Bureau grants 15 appeals from petitioners seeking to reverse the decisions of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), which found that technology plan rules for the E-rate program had been violated.
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5/14/2012
USF/ICC Transformation Third Order on Reconsideration: The Commission reconsiders and clarifies certain aspect of the USF/ICC Transformation Order in response to various petitions for reconsideration and/or clarification. The Commission addresses certain aspects of ETC reporting obligations, support adjustments for carriers with artificially low local rates, and issues related to support for carriers serving Alaska. The Commission also denies two requests related to intercarrier compensation.
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5/9/2012
Central Technology Center Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau grants 13 and denies eight requests from petitioners found in violation of the Commission's requirement that an FCC Form 470 or request for proposal be available for the entire 28-day period after being posted to USAC's website.
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5/9/2012
Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Order: In this order, we grant the requests filed by Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (YKHC) and GCI Communication Corp. (GCI) seeking review of decisions by the Rural Health Care Division of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC or the Administrator). USAC denied portions of 38 Funding Year (FY) 2008 requests for support under the federal rural health care universal service support mechanism because it determined the services for which YKHC sought support were not necessary for the provision of health care until YKHC installed specific equipment. Upon review of the record before us, we find that USAC erred in its decision, and we therefore remand YKHC’s application to USAC for further processing consistent with this order.
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5/4/2012
California PUC Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau releases a Public Notice seeking comment on a petition filed by the California Public Utilities Commission seeking a waiver from Section 54.410 of the rules adopted in the Lifeline Reform Order.
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5/4/2012
Billing School District 2 Order: In the order, we grant and remand the appeal because we conclude that USAC erred in its finding that Billings was building or purchasing a WAN.
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5/4/2012
Webinar Public Notice: On May 14, 2012, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) will hold a webinar to discuss the Broadband Adoption Lifeline Pilot Program. The Bureau encourages virtual participation and will take questions from remote participants. The Webinar will feature short presentations by three experts who specialize in project design of field experiments, and a discussion by the experts on designing pilot projects for the Broadband Adoption Pilot Program. In addition, staff from the Bureau will be available to answer questions regarding the application procedures for entities interested in filing applications to participate in the Broadband Adoption Pilot Program. Applications are due July 2, 2012.
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5/4/2012
Accipiter Communications Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition for waiver of section 54.302 and other new rules of the Commission's rules relating to the new regression cap formulas, WC Docket Nos. 10-90 and 10-208 (filed April 18, 2012); 47 C.F.R. § 54.302.
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5/4/2012
Saint Raphel Academy Order: Consistent with the Bureau's Queen of Peace Order (in which the Bureau concluded that allowing applicants to reference specific vendors, products or services on their FCC Form 470 or request for proposal (RFP) poses a risk to the competitive bidding process, but declined to penalize applicants that engaged in such practice prior to release of that order), we grant three appeals filed by Saint Raphael Academy.
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5/4/2012
Public Notice Seeking Comment On State Petitions: The Wireline Competition Bureau releases a Public Notice seeking comment on petitions filed by state commissions seeking a waiver from the uniform eligibility criteria adopted in the Lifeline Reform Order.
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5/3/2012
Alex Public School District I-56 Order: In this order, the Bureau denies 10 requests for review from petitioners seeking review of decisions made by USAC to deny or reduced funding on the grounds that the applicants failed to submit their requests for review or waiver either to the Commission or to USAC within 60 days as required by the Commission's rules.
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5/3/2012
Service Area Redefinition Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau consents to four proposed service area redefinitions.
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5/3/2012
Telenational Communications, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on Telenational Communications, Inc. petition for waiver of section 54.314(a) of the Commission's, WC Docket No. 08-71(filed April 2, 2012); 47 C.F.R. § 54.314 (a).
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5/3/2012
Onslow County School District Order: In this order, the Bureau grants a request from the Onslow County School District and the North Carolina Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) seeking a waiver of section 54.504(a) of the Commission’s rules and any applicable USAC procedural deadlines in order to allow the current billed entity, ITS, to revise its FCC Form 471 application under the E-rate program as part of the LOTG pilot program.
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5/3/2012
Public Works Commission of Fayetteville Order: This order addresses 10 appeals concerning denials of E-rate program support for violations of the rule that telecommunications must be provided by a telecommunications carrier. It grants seven (one in part) and denies three.
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5/1/2012
Public Notice Seeking Comment on USTelecom Petition for Waiver from Certain Rules Adopted in the Lifeline Reform Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau releases a Public Notice seeking comment on a petition filed by USTelecom seeking a temporary waiver of sections 54.407(d), 54.410(b)(2), 54.410(c)(2) adopted in the Lifeline Reform Order. Comments are due May 15, 2012.
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5/1/2012
Public Notice Released Regarding Effective Dates of Certain Lifeline Rules Subject to OMB Approval: The Wireline Competition Bureau releases a Public Notice announcing the effective dates of certain rules established in the Lifeline Reform Order which were subject to approval by the Office of Management and Budget.
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4/30/2012
USF Contributions Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: The Commission seeks comment on proposals to reform and modernize how Universal Service Fund contributions are assessed and recovered.
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4/30/2012
LifeLine Pilot Program Application Procedures and Deadline Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau released a Public Notice setting forth the application procedures and deadline of July 2, 2012, for applicants to submit proposed pilot projects for offering discounted broadband service.
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4/27/2012
South Bay Union School District Order: Consistent with precedent, we deny the petition for waiver filed by South Bay. South Bay seeks waiver of section 54.502, to the extent the rule requires that equipment for PBX be treated as “priority 2” services under the schools and libraries program.
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4/27/2012
Q Link, Total Call and True Wireless Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on petitions for designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier filed by Q Link Wireless, Total Call Mobile and True Wireless.
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4/25/2012
Opposition Dates Set for Lifeline Order Reconsideration Petitions Public Notice: On April 5, 2012, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau released a Public Notice listing petitions for reconsideration of the Commission’s Lifeline Reform Order. The Public Notice was subsequently published in the Federal Register and the Wireline Competition Bureau issues this Public Notice listing May 7, 2012 and May 15, 2012 as the dates in which parties must file oppositions and replies, respectively.
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4/25/2012
HCLS Benchmarks Implementation Order: WCB implements benchmarks for carriers receiving high-cost loop support (HCLS), placing reasonable overall limits on costs eligible for reimbursement through HCLS and redistributing freed-up HCLS to carriers that stay within the limits to allow for new broadband investment.
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4/25/2012
CAF Phase I Incremental Support Amounts Public Notice: WCB announces carriers' eligibility for Connect America Fund Phase I incremental support, which will be used to spur broadband deployment in unserved areas.
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4/24/2012
FY 2012 PIA Approval Letter: In this letter, the Bureau approves USAC's Schools and Libraries Funding Year 2012 Program Integrity Assurance FCC Form 471 Review Procedures.
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4/17/2012
PaeTec Communications Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request filed by PaeTec Communications, Inc.
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4/17/2012
Widefield School District Order: The Division grants the appeals of Widefield School District of decisions made by USAC that reduce or deny funding from the E-rate program for various funding years because petitioners violated the competitive bidding requirements.
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4/17/2012
Kings Canyon Unified School District Order: The Division grants the appeals of Kings Canyon Unified School District of decisions made by USAC that reduce or deny funding from the E-rate program for various funding years because petitioners violated the competitive bidding requirements.
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4/17/2012
Portales Municipal School District Order: In this order, the Bureau denies two requests for review filed by Portales Municipal School District (Portales). The Bureau finds that Portales violated section 54.503 of the Commission's rules because it did not make a bona fide request for services by submitting a complete description of the services it was requesting to enable interested service providers to submit bids. The Bureau also finds that Portales did not have a signed contract in place when it filed its FCC Form 471 in violation of section 54.504 of the Commission's rules.
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4/16/2012
Nuestros Valores Charter School Order: We deny Nuestros Valores Charter School’s (Nuestros Valores) appeal of USAC's decision under the E-rate program seeking recovery of disbursed funds to Innovative Technology Partnerships for equipment provided to Nuestros Valores when it did not have a location within which to install the equipment, and that it did not install the equipment until five years after the funding year in which it sought funding.
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4/12/2012
Belwave Communications Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on BelWave Communications' request for waiver of late filing sanctions assessed by the Universal Service Administrative Company.
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4/12/2012
Beebe Public Schools Order: In this order, the Bureau grants eight requests for review from petitioners seeking review of decisions made by USAC to deny or reduced funding because the petitioners did not file their FCC Form 486 timely.
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4/10/2012
T-Mobile, Kajeet, Tag Mobile, Telrite and Global Connection Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on petitions for designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier filed by T-Mobile, kajeet, Inc., TAG Mobile, Telrite Corp., and Global Connection, Inc. of America.
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4/6/2012
Texas Health Information Network Collaborative Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) seeks comment on a request filed by the Texas Health Information Network Collaborative (TxHINC) for a 120 day extension of the June 30, 2012, universal service Rural Health Care Pilot Program funding commitment deadline for projects to choose vendors and request funding commitment letters from the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). TxHINC explains that due to circumstances unique to the state of Texas, it has been delayed in choosing vendors and submitting funding requests to USAC. TxHINC requests the Bureau extend TxHINC’s funding commitment deadline until October 30, 2012.
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4/5/2012
William Levis Appointment Order: Pursuant to sections 254(a) (1) and 410 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, the Commission appoints William Levis, Colorado Consumer Counsel, to serve on the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service.
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3/29/2012
Lifeline Reform Order Guidance on Effective Date Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau provides guidance regarding the effective date of the $9.25 flat rate on non-Tribal lands.
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3/29/2012
Aberdeen School District 5 Order: Consistent with precedent, we deny three requests and grant one request from petitioners seeking review of decisions made by the Universal Service Administrative Company under the E-rate program.
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3/26/2012
Comments on Nomination for a Board Member Position on the USAC Board of Directors Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a nomination made by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) to fill a position on the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) Board of Directors, to represent state telecommunications regulators. This position, which is currently vacant, was formerly held by South Carolina Commissioner Randy Mitchell. NARUC has nominated Florida Commissioner Ronald A. Brisé. Per NARUC’s nomination, Mr. Brisé has been a state commissioner since July 2010 and currently serves as Chair of the Florida Public Service Commission. Chairman Brisé also serves on multiple NARUC Committees, as well as the Federal Communications Commission’s Intergovernmental Advisory Committee.
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3/23/2012
Approach Learning And Assessment Center Order: In this order, we grant a request from the Approach Learning and Assessment Center, seeking review of a decision made by the Universal Service Administrative Company.
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3/22/2012
Maryland Department of Juvenile Services Order: Wireline Competition Bureau dismisses as untimely a petition filed by the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services seeking reconsideration of the Wireline Competition Bureau’s Juvenile Services Order, released on May 4, 2011.
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3/19/2012
Hondo Valley School District Order: The Division grants 8 appeals of decisions made by USAC that reduce or deny funding from the E-rate program for various funding years on the grounds that the funding requests are not cost-effective.
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3/14/2012
Network and More! Inc. Order: In this order, the Bureau finds improper vendor involvement in the competitive bidding process by the service provider, Networks and More! Inc. and therefore denies 16 requests for review (including a request filed by Long Branch Public Library), and dismisses as moot a request for review filed by Freehold Township Schools.
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3/12/2012
Falcon School District 49 Order: In this order, we deny five requests for review or request for waiver of USAC decisions regarding the applicants’ urban – rural designation. In each case, the schools are located in areas considered to be urban by E-rate program rules. We therefore affirm USAC’s decisions to classify the applicants as urban, and to calculate their discount levels based on E-rate program rules for urban schools and libraries.
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3/12/2012
Enterprise City School Order: In this order we deny five requests for review and/or requests for waiver of USAC decisions to reduce the applicants' requested discount level. USAC reduced the discount rate for each applicant because it was not supported by sufficient documentation. We affirm USAC's decisions.
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3/9/2012
USTelecom et al Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) seeks comment on a Petition for Waiver and Clarification of the Commission’s Lifeline Reform Order filed by the United State Telecom Association, the Independent Telephone and Telecommunications Alliance, the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, the Organization For the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies, the Western Telecommunications Alliance, and the Eastern Rural Telecom Association (collectively “USTelecom et al.”) on March 9, 2012. Comments are due March 20, 2012.
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3/8/2012
The Hargray Telephone Comany and Bluffton Telephone Company Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on Hargray Telephone Company and Bluffton Telephone Company petition for waiver of section 54.301(e) of the Commission's, WC Docket No. 08-71(filed February 17, 2012); 47 C.F.R. § 54.301(e).
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3/8/2012
The Chillicothe Telephone Company Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on Chillicothe Telephone Company petition for waiver of section 54.301(e) of the Commission's, WC Docket No. 08-71(filed March 5, 2012); 47 C.F.R. § 54.301(e).
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3/6/2012
Lifeline Comment Cycle Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau sets the comment cycle for Lifeline Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, released Feb. 6, 2012.
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3/6/2012
Mary Queen of Martyrs Order: In this order, the Bureau finds that the petitioners were not required to have signed letters of agency with their consultants and therefore USAC erred in denying their applications.
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3/6/2012
Northeast Arizona Technological Institute of Vocational Education Order: In this order, the Bureau finds that, despite the failure to correctly indicate on its Form 470 that it had issued an RFP, NATIVE’s Form 470 contained enough detail for service providers to identify the requested services and submit bids and therefore was a not a violation of Commission competitive bidding rules.
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3/5/2012
Aberdeen School District 5 Order: In the order we grant 44 requests from petitioners seeking review of decisions made by USAC under the E-rate program.
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3/5/2012
Annette Islands School District Order: Six E-rate service implementation appeals granted consistent with the Great Rivers/Tekoa or Bishop Perry Orders.
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3/5/2012
FCC Form 499-A Public Notice: On March 5, 2012, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) released the revised annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet (FCC Form 499-A) and accompanying instructions.
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3/5/2012
FCC Form 499-Q Public Notice: On March 5, 2012, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) released revised instructions for the quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet (FCC Form 499-Q).
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2/29/2012
Study Area Waiver Approval Public Notice: Telecommunications Access Policy Division of the Wireline Competition Bureau grants three petitions for waiver of the Commission's study area boundary freeze.
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2/29/2012
High Cost Universal Service Filing Deadline Public Notice: Telecommunications Access Policy Division of the Wireline Competition Bureau has found that there is good cause to grant three petitions for waiver of Commission rules.
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2/29/2012
Compliance Plans Guidance Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau provides guidance on the compliance plans that must be submitted to the Bureau by carriers seeking to avail themselves of the Commission’s conditional grant of forbearance in the Lifeline Reform Order.
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2/27/2012
TracFone Wireless, Inc. Emergency Petition for Declaratory Ruling and Interim Relief Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) seeks comment on an Emergency Petition for Declaratory Ruling and Interim Relief filed by TracFone Wireless, Inc. (TracFone) on February 22, 2012. In its petition, TracFone states that it received a letter from the Puerto Rico Telecommunications Regulatory Board (Board), directing TracFone to de-enroll, as of March 1, 2012, certain Lifeline subscribers found by the Board to be receiving duplicative Lifeline benefits. TracFone notes that a second letter directed the company to de-enroll, as of April 1, 2012, certain Lifeline subscribers found by the Board to be receiving more than one Lifeline benefit per family unit. According to the petition, de-enrolled subscribers would be barred from re-enrolling in Lifeline for four months following their de-enrollment by the eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC). TracFone asserts that the Board’s process for resolving duplicative Lifeline subscriptions is inconsistent with Section 254 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, as well as the Commission’s Lifeline Reform Order.TracFone requests that the Commission issue an order concluding that the Board’s directives to TracFone and other ETCs are unlawful, and the Commission should preempt the Board’s duplicate resolution process.
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2/27/2012
Comments Sought on Funding Pilot Program Participants Transitioning out of the Rural Health Care Pilot Program in Funding Year 2012 Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) seeks comment on whether to fund Rural Health Care Pilot Program (Pilot Program) participants who will exhaust funding allocated to them before or during funding year 2012 (July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013). This funding would maintain support for qualifying Pilot Program participants, on an interim basis, during the 2012 funding year to provide time to establish a process to transition them into the permanent Rural Health Care support mechanism (RHC support mechanism). To support these transitioning Pilot Program participants, the funds that were previously designated for projects that withdrew from the Program or otherwise failed to meet the June 30, 2011, deadline could be used without increasing overall demand.
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2/24/2012
Aberdeen School District 5 Order: Consistent with Commission rules, we grant nine requests from petitioners seeking review of decisions made by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) under the E-rate program.
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2/24/2012
AllWays, Inc. (Praire Hills School District 144) Order: In this order, the Bureau denies 26 E-rate appeals of USAC decisions because the applicants sought funding for service, maintenance or products that are not eligible for E-rate support.
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2/23/2012
Oakland Unified School District Order: In this order, we grant a request by Oakland Unified School District for review of decisions by the Universal Service Administrative Company that rescinded funding committed to Oakland under the E-rate program for funding year 2004.
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2/23/2012
Charlton County Schook System Order: Consistent with precedent, we deny seven requests from petitioners seeking review of decisions made by the Universal Service Administrative Company under the E-rate program.
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2/23/2012
Callisburg Independent School District Order: Consistent with precedent, we grant two requests and deny two requests from Callisburg Independent School District and its service provider, Trillion Partners, Inc. which seek review of decisions made by the Universal Service Administrative Company.
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2/23/2012
Assabet Valley Regional Vocational District Order: Consistent with precedent, we grant 12 and deny five requests from petitioners to correct clerical errors they made in submissions to the Universal Service Administrative Company for support under the E-rate program.
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2/22/2012
Aberdeen School District Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau grants 37 appeals after finding that the petitioners either conducted a fair and open competitive bidding process or demonstrated good cause to waive sections 54.504 and 54.511 of the Commission's competitive bidding rules.
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2/22/2012
Laurens County School District Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau denies four appeals after finding that the petitioners violated the Commission's competitive bidding rules.
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2/22/2012
Al-Ihan Academy Order: Consistent with precedent, we grant one and deny 16 requests from petitioners seeking review of decisions made by the Universal Service Administrative Company under the E-rate program to deny them funding due to a violation of the program rule requiring the applicant to pay its share of the price of the E-rate discounted services it purchased.
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2/17/2012
InComm Solutions, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for review filed by InComm Solutions, Inc. (InComm).
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2/17/2012
The Cinergy Metronet, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on Cinergy MetroNet, Inc. petition for waiver of section 54.307(c) of the Commission's, WC Docket No. 08-71(filed February 1, 2012); 47 C.F.R. § 54.307(c).
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2/17/2012
Steelville Telephone Exchange, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for review of USAC’s decision filed by Steelville Telephone Exchange, pursuant to section 54.719 of the Commission’s Rules, WC Docket No. 08-71(filed February 3, 2012); 47 C.F.R. §§ 54.719.
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2/15/2012
Connect America fund Cost Models Public Notice: On November 18, 2011, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) released the USF/ICC Transformation Order.
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2/15/2012
Learning On-The-Go Order: In this order, we grant in part and deny in part a request for waiver filed by the e-Bookroom Initiative concerning the Learning On-The-Go In the Matter ofPilot Program.
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2/15/2012
Marana Unified School District Order: The Division denies appeals of USAC E-rate decisions filed by the Marana Unified School District (Marana) and its service provider, Trillion Partners, Inc. (Trillion), rescinding Marana’s funding commitments for funding years 2006-2010. Specifically, USAC rescinded funding for 12 of Marana’s funding requests as part of its funding year 2006, 2007, and 2008 applications and sought recovery for funding already disbursed for funding years 2007 and 2008 on the ground that Marana violated the Commission’s competitive bidding requirements. For the same reasons, USAC also denied funding for nine of Marana’s funding requests as part of its funding year 2009 and 2010 applications. Upon review of the record, we find that Marana violated the Commission’s competitive bidding requirements. We therefore deny Marana’s and Trillion’s appeals and affirm USAC’s decisions. We direct USAC to continue recovery actions against Marana and its service provider, Trillion, consistent with the order.
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2/15/2012
Canon City School District Fremont RE-1 Order: Consistent with precedent, we grant 24 requests from petitioners seeking review of decisions made by the Universal Service Administrative Company under the E-rate program.
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2/15/2012
Loneman Day School Order: E-rate grant and waiver where school missed services implementation and invoice submission deadlines, due to weather and construction changes.Decision consistent with Bishop Perry and Tekoa Academy Orders.
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2/13/2012
Allband Communications Cooperative Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Allband Communications Cooperative (Allband) for waiver of two high-cost universal service rules.
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2/13/2012
Big Bend Telephone Company, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Big Bend Telephone Company, Inc. (BBTC) for waiver of three high-cost universal service rules.
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2/10/2012
Alabama Rural Local Exchange Carriers Memorandum Opinion and Order: This order addresses three applications for review filed by the Alabama Rural Local Exchange Carriers (Alabama Rural LECs) and the Rural Local Exchange Carriers (Rural LECs) (collectively, Petitioners) pursuant to section 1.115 of our rules.
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2/8/2012
Bonnie Brae Educational Center School Order: In the Bonnie Brae Educational Center School E-rate order, consistent with the Commission’s Boston School Order, we deny 23 appeals of USAC decisions that reduced or denied funding from the E-rate program for various funding years on the grounds that the petitioners failed to submit their requests for review or waiver either to the Commission or to USAC within 60 days as required by the Commission’s rules.
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2/8/2012
WiscNet Order: This order we address 9 appeals in which USAC stated that the applicants had violated the Commission’s competitive bidding requirements because the applicants’ FCC Forms 470 contained contact information for WiscNet, a service provider that participated in the competitive bidding process. We dismiss as moot 4 appeals in which USAC resolved the alleged violation, rescinded the commitment adjustment (COMAD) letters, and issued revised funding commitments. We also grant 5 additional appeals concerning the same alleged issue involving WiscNet.
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2/7/2012
Cricket Communications, Inc. Order: In this Order, we approve a Compliance Plan submitted by Cricket Communications, Inc. (Cricket) for complying with conditions imposed in the Cricket Forbearance Order.
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2/6/2012
Lifeline Reform Order: The Report and Order comprehensively reforms and begins to modernize the Universal Service Fund's Life program. The Order substantially strengthens protections against waste, fraud and abuse and improves program administration and accountability. The Order includes a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on a number of program issues, including the establishment of an eligibility database and using universal service funds to support digital literacy.
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2/6/2012
CAF I Data Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau Seeks Comment on Potential Data for Connect America Fund Phase One Incremental Support.
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2/3/2012
Clarifying Aspects of USF/ICC Transformation Order: The Commission delegated to the Wireline Competition Bureau and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (Bureaus) the authority to revise and clarify rules as necessary to ensure that the reforms adopted in the Order are properly reflected in the rules.
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2/3/2012
Virgin Mobile USA, LP Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on Virgin Mobile’s petition for Commission agreement with the Kansas State Corporation Commission for redefinition of the service areas of several rural telephone companies.
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2/3/2012
USF/ICC Public Notice: On January 12, 2012, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau released a Public Notice listing the 24 petitions for reconsideration of the Commission’s USF/ICC Transformation Order.
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2/3/2012
ACS Wireless, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for review filed by ACS Wireless, Inc. of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company.
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2/2/2012
USF Joint Board Appointment Order: The Commission appoints the Honorable Randy Mitchell, Commissioner – South Carolina Public Service Commission, to serve on the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service.
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2/2/2012
FCC Form 499-A Public Notice: The United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), seeks access to certain carrier revenue information for 2009 that the Commission collected from wireless carriers on FCC Form 499-A (Form 499-A).
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1/27/2012
InterCall Order: In this Order, the Commission denies petitions for reconsideration of the 2008 InterCall Order, in which the Commission clarified that InterCall and all similarly-situated audio bridging service providers are required to contribute directly to the USF.
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1/27/2012
ITTA et al. Clarification PN Concerning the Connect America Fund Rate Floor: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by the Independent Telephone and Telecommunications Alliance (ITTA), National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA), National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA), Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies (OPASTCO), and Western Telecommunications Alliance (WTA) (collectively, the Petitioners) for clarification of certain aspects of the recently adopted rules in the USF/ICC Transformation Order and FNPRM.
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1/27/2012
American Broadband 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 American Broadband & Telecommunications (American Broadband) 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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1/25/2012
Clintonville Public School District Order: Consistent with precedent, we grant six requests from petitioners seeking review of decisions made by the Universal Service Administrative Company under the E-rate program.
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1/24/2012
The Vermont Public Service Board Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request filed by the Vermont Public Service Board (VPSB) for clarification of several aspects of the USF/ICC Transformation Order and FNPRM that relate to intrastate rate designs that include Local Measured Service.
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1/23/2012
Virgin Mobile USA, L.P. Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on Virgin Mobile’s petition for forbearance from the service area definition requirement for eligible telecommunications carriers for the limited purpose of participating in the Lifeline program.
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1/12/2012
Los Lunas School District Order: Consistent with the Wireline Competition Bureau's decision in the Barrow County School District Order, we grant the appeal filed by Los Lunas School District of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company that denies funding.
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1/12/2012
Archdioces of Chicago School Order: Consistent with the Commission's precedent in the Alaska Gateway Order, we grant 22 appeals of decisions by the Universal Service Administrative Company that reduce or deny funding from the E-rate program for various funding years.
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1/12/2012
Bais Chaya Mushka Order: In this order, we address 31 requests from petitioners seeking waivers of the FCC Form 471 application filing window deadline for funding years 2007, 2010 and 2011 under the E-rate program, including two petitions for reconsideration of an earlier Wireline Competition Bureau decision. Consistent with the Commission’s Academy of Math and Science Order, and based on our review of the record, we find that 15 petitioners have demonstrated that special circumstances exist to justify a waiver of that filing window deadline and we deny the remaining 14 requests for waiver and the two petitions for reconsideration.
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1/11/2012
Grant Stamp Public Notice: The Telecommunications Access Policy Division of the Wireline Competition Bureau has found that there is good cause to grant three petitions for waiver of Commission rules setting forth deadlines.
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1/11/2012
Equant, Inc. Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for review filed by Equant, Inc.. Equant seeks review and reversal of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company, which among other things, finds that Equant owes universal service fund contributions on audio conferencing revenues for the period prior to the effective date of the InterCall Order.
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1/10/2012
Integrity Communications, Ltd. Order: In this Order, we dismiss in part and deny in part an Application for Review filed by Integrity Communications, Ltd. Integrity or Petitioner of a Wireline Competition Bureau order.
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1/10/2012
Sandwich Isles Communications, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Sandwich Isles Communications, Inc. for waiver of the universal service and intercarrier compensation reform rules.
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1/9/2012
2011 Modification High Cost Universal Service Support Formulas Order: Each year, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) reviews and approves or modifies any proposed modifications to the formulas used to calculate universal service high-cost loop support (HCLS) and local switching support (LSS) for average schedule companies. Pursuant to section 69.606(b) of the Commission’s rules, the National Exchange Carrier Association, Inc. (NECA) files the annual average schedule company formula modifications for HCLS. Pursuant to section 54.301(f) of the Commission’s rules, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) submits the proposed formula for LSS. The Commission’s rules require that these formulas “simulate the disbursements that would be received … by a company that is representative of average schedule companies.
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1/9/2012
Walnut Hill Telephone Company Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Walnut Hill Telephone Company request for review of a decision by USAC regarding an audit conducted by KPMG and the findings of irregular accounting practices relating to Part 32 of Uniform System of Accounts and a petition for waiver of section 32.27(c) of the Commission's rules.
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1/5/2012
UTEX Communications Corp Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for review filed by UTEX Communications Corp. UTEX seeks review and reversal of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company, which among other things, assessed late fees and penalties associated with UTEX’s 2009 FCC Form 499-A and rejected revisions to a number of FCC Forms 499-A filed prior to 2009.
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1/5/2012
inContact, Inc. Memorandum Opinion and Order: inContact, Inc. sought review of a Bureau order finding that inContact’s request for review of a USAC decision was procedurally defective. The Commission concludes that inContact failed to demonstrate Bureau error.
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Published: May 15, 2013 Updated: May 15, 2013
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