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Universal Service Program for High-Cost Areas
The federal universal service high-cost program (also known as the Connect America Fund)is designed to ensure that consumers in rural, insular, and high-cost areas have access to modern communications networks capable of providing voice and broadband service, both fixed and mobile, at rates that are reasonably comparable to those in urban areas. The program fulfills this universal service goal by allowing eligible carriers who serve these areas to recover some of their costs from the federal Universal Service Fund (USF).

Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC)
The high-cost program is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). USAC is responsible for data collection and maintenance, support calculation, and disbursement for the five components of the high-cost program. USAC’s website provides information regarding administrative aspects of the high-cost program.

Telecommunications Access Policy Division (TAPD)
The Telecommunications Access and Policy Division (TAPD) is part of the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau. TAPD administers a comprehensive policy for FCC oversight of the Universal Service Fund, including the high-cost program. TAPD maintains a website of current and archived releases by the FCC and the Wireline Competition Bureau that relate to the high-cost program.

This pages serves as an archive of all high-cost releases, including releases concerning the Connect America Fund. The Connect America Fund page highlights certain Connect America Fund releases.

Daily Releases

2014

  • 9/22/2014
    ETS Public Notice:Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by ETS Telephone Company, Inc. (ETS) for waiver of the definition of the study area boundary rules codified in part 36 of the Commission’s rules.
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  • 9/15/2014
    Universal Service Fund Appeals Disposition Public Notice: Streamlined Process for Resolving Requests for Review of Decisions by the Universal Service Administrative Company.
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  • 9/3/2014
    Denial of Motion by Competitive Carriers Association Order: Denied a request for an extension of time to file reply comments in the Commission’s universal service and intercarrier compensation rulemaking proceeding, filed by the Competitive Carriers Association.
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  • 9/2/2014
    2015 High-Cost Loop Formula Modification Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on the 2015 Modification of the Average Schedule Company HCLS Formula filed by NECA.
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  • 8/29/2014
    CAF Map Update Public Notice: Commission publishes additional resources regarding areas potentially eligible for Connect America Funding.
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  • 8/25/2014
    Kennebec Telephone Company, Inc. Order: Denied a petition filed by Kennebec Telephone Company, Inc. for a waiver of the Commission’s high-cost benchmarks for 2014.
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  • 8/20/2014
    High-Cost Backlog Dismissal Order: Dismissed as moot numerous petitions where the issues raised therein were addressed in the USF/ICC Transformation Order and FNPRM, or the relief requested is no longer relevant in light of the regulatory changes included in that order.
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  • 8/19/2014
    Rural Broadband Experiments Application Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau outlines the process that will be used to award up to $100 million in rural broadband experiment support to bring next-generation voice and broadband service to high-cost areas of the country.
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  • 8/12/2014
    Adak Interrogatory Letter: Windy City Cellular, LLC Petition for Waiver of Section 54.302 of the Commission's Rules, WC Docket No. 10-90 and WT Docket No. 10-208 and Adak Eagle Enterprises, LLC Petition for Waiver of Section 54.302 of the Commission's Rules, WC Docket No. 10-90 and WT Docket No. 10-208.
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  • 8/11/2014
    ACA-NCTA Order: Dismissed and, as separate and independent grounds, denied a petition filed by ACA and NCTA requesting reconsideration of the Wireline Competition Bureau’s Phase II Challenge Process Guidance Public Notice.
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  • 8/11/2014
    Aventure Order: Denied Aventure request for review because the free conference service carrier lines are not eligible for support under section 54.307.
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  • 7/28/2014
    ETC Billing Address Order: Resolving appeals of eight petitioners related to the requirement that competitive eligible telecommunications carriers provide a customer billing address in order to receive support under section 54.307 of the Commission’s rules.
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  • 7/25/2014
    Census Blocks List Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau Releases List of Census Blocks Eligible For Rural Broadband Experiments and Announces Enhancements to Map Depicting Initial Phase II Eligible Areas.
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  • 7/22/2014
    FairPoint-Steelville Order: Granting petitions filed by FairPoint Communications Missouri, Inc. and Steelville Telephone Exchange, Inc. for a waiver of section 54.313(h) of the Commission’s rules.
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  • 7/15/2014
    ETS Skyline Extension Order: Granting a 60-day extension of the deadline for ETS to file a study area waiver request.
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  • 7/14/2014
    Rural Broadband Experiments Order: Launches Rural Broadband Expansion Experiments; Applicants Will Compete to Deploy High-Performing Service at Lower Cost
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    Wheeler Statement
    Clyburn Statement
    Rosenworcel Statement
    Pai Statement
    O’Rielly Statement
  • 6/30/2014
    Challenge Process Commencement Public Notice:Begins the Connect America Phase II challenge process to determine what areas are served by an unsubsidized competitor, giving parties until August 14, 2014, to file challenges.
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  • 6/20/14
    Challenge Process Clarification Public Notice: Providing guidance regarding upcoming Connect America Phase II challenge process.
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  • 6/17/14
    CAM 10Mbps Illustrative Results Public Notice: Announcing the release of the Connect America Cost Model Sample Results Using Higher Speed Benchmark.
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  • 6/10/2014
    CAF Omnibus FNPRM and Order: Released Omnibus Order, Declaratory Ruling, and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to continue the implementation of the landmark Connect America reforms unanimously adopted by the Commission in 2011 to modernize universal service for the 21st century.
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    Wheeler Statement
    Clyburn Statement
    Rosenworcel Statement
    O'Rielly Statement
  • 6/4/2014
    Penasco Valley & Mescalero Apache Study Area Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a joint petition filed by Penasco Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc. and Mescalero Apache Telecom, Inc. for waiver of the Commission’s study area boundary freeze.
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  • 6/3/2014
    ETS Telephone Company (formerly Kingsgate Telephone) Study Area Order: Granted in part and denied in part a petition filed by ETS Telephone Company, Inc.
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  • 5/2/2014
    USAC Record Retention Letter: Letter providing guidance on Universal Service Administrative Company’s outstanding policy questions related to the universal service high-cost support mechanism, regarding document retention requirements and income taxes attributable to S corporations.
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  • 5/1/2014
    5-Year Plan Filing Waiver Order: Waived the requirement that price cap eligible telecommunications carriers receiving frozen or incremental support file new five-year build-out plans by July 1, 2014.
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  • 4/25/2014
    Connect America Cost Model Results Public Notice: : Released results for the adopted Connect America Cost Model, as well as a list of census blocks that would be eligible for the offer of model-base support, subject to the outcome of the Phase II challenge process.
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  • 4/22/2014
    Connect America Cost Model Order: : Finalized decisions regarding the engineering assumptions in the Connect America Cost Model (CAM) and adopted inputs necessary for the model to calculate the cost of serving census blocks in price cap areas.
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  • 4/17/2014
    Connect America Fund Public Notice: : Announced availability of version 4.1.1 of the Connect America Cost Model.
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  • 3/27/2014
    Cordova Wireless Communications and MTA Wireless/Matanuska-Kenai Order: : Granted petitions filed by Cordova Wireless Communications, LLC and MTA Communications, LLC d/b/a MTA Wireless/Matanuska-Kenai, Inc. for waiver of certain rules pertaining to the high-cost universal service support program.
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  • 3/21/2014
    Connect America Model v.4.1 Public Notice: : Announced availability of version 4.1 of the Connect America Cost Model.
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  • 3/21/2014
    Connect America Phase I Round 2 Reconsideration Order: : Granted a petition for partial reconsideration filed by Farmers Telephone Company of a determination in the Connect America Phase I challenge process.
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  • 3/20/2014
    Urban Rates Survey Public Notice: Announced the results of the urban rate survey for fixed voice services, and sought comment on a petition to extend the deadline for compliance with the 2014 rate floor.
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  • 3/18/2014
    Rural Broadband Workshop Final Agenda Public Notice: Final agenda for March 19, 2014 Rural Broadband workshop at FCC Headquarters.
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  • 3/14/2014
    AT&T/Windstream Phase I Modifications Authorization Public Notice: Authorizes over $16.7 million in additional Phase I second round incremental support in response to the modified elections of AT&T and Windstream.
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  • 3/7/2014
    Rural Broadband Workshop Agenda Public Notice: Announces agenda for March 19 Rural Broadband Workshop.
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  • 2/28/2014
    Adak Eagle Enterprises, LLC and Windy City Cellular, LLC Further Extension Order: The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and the Wireline Competition Bureau extend further limited, interim fixed support in the amount of $33,276 for AEE and $40,104 for WCC monthly, beginning February 2014, for, whichever comes first, a period of no longer than six months or until the Bureaus and/or the Commission complete review of the companies’ Petition for Reconsideration and/or Application for Review.
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  • 2/27/2014
    Rural Broadband Workshop Public Notice: Announced, per the Technology Transitions Order, a Rural Broadband Workshop to be held on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 in the Commission Meeting Room.
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  • 2/24/2014
    Dismissing Waiver Deadline Petitions Public Notice: Dismissed four petitions for waiver of various high-cost universal service filing deadline, where petitioners did not, in response to a Public Notice, express to the Commission continuing intent to pursue their petitions.
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  • 2/6/2014
    Census Tracts Public Notice: Released a list of census tracts in price cap areas potentially suitable for targeted technology transitions experiments, with associated potential support amounts, based on Connect America Cost Model v4.0.
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  • 2/6/2014
    Connect America Model v4.0 Illustrative Maps Public Notice: Released maps of illustrative results for Connect America Cost Model Version 4.0.
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  • 1/17/2014
    Windstream Extension Order: Grants Windstream an extension of 7 days to complete and submit Urban Rates Survey.
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  • 1/16/2014
    Frontier Extension Order: Grants Frontier an extension of 7 days to complete and submit Urban Rates Survey.
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  • 1/15/2014
    2014 Benchmarks Public Notice: Released the 2014 HCLS benchmarks.
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  • 1/10/2014
    Adak-Windy City Interim Support Extension Order: Approved limited, interim relief for Adak and Windy City from certain Commission rules governing high-cost universal service support, to provide the companies with limited additional interim support.
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  • 1/10/2014
    Connect America Phase I Challenge Resolution Order: Resolved challenges in the Connect America Phase I challenge process and authorized distribution of approximately $18.7 million in Phase I support.
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  • 1/9/2014
    Study Area Boundary Extension Order: Entends the filing deadlines for carriers certify revised study area to March 17, 2014.
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2013

  • 12/24/2013
    NCTA Application for Review Public Notice: Reminds parties of deadlines for filing oppositions and replies regarding NCTA’s Application for Review of the Connect America Phase II Service Obligations Order.
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  • 12/18/2013
    NECA Average Schedule Order: Approved the National Exchange Carrier Association's proposed annual average schedule company high-cost loop support formula modifications for 2014.
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  • 12/18/2013
    Connect America Cost Model Version 4.0 Illustrative Results Public Notice: Announces that the illustrative results for the Connect America Cost Model Version 4.0, and updated model documentation, are now publicly available.
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  • 12/17/2013
    Cordova Wireless Public Notice: Seeking the Commission’s agreement with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska redefinition of a certain wire center as a separate service area of Sitka study area of ACS of the Northland, Inc. d/b/a Alaska Communications Systems, ACS Long Distance and ACS (ACS-N).
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  • 12/4/2013
    Connect America Model 4.0 Public Notice: Announced that the default inputs for the Connect America Cost Model Version 4.0 are now publicly available.
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  • 12/3/2013
    Connect America Fund Phase II Transitions Public Notice: : Seeks to further develop the record on several implementation issues regarding the transition from Connect America Phase I to Phase II.
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  • 12/2/2013
    Connect America Phase II Cost Model Version 4.0 Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau Announces Availability Of Version 4.0 Of The Connect America Fund Phase II Cost Model And Seeks Comment On Adopting Current Default Inputs In Final Version Of Model.
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  • 11/27/2013
    SureWest Telephone Public Notice: Wireline Competion Bureau reminds parties of deadlines for filing oppositions and replies regarding SureWest Telephone’s application for review of SureWest High Cost Waiver Order.
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  • 11/27/2013
    Alaska Communications Systems Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau Reminds Parties of Filing Deadlines Regarding The Alaska Communications Systems Application for Review of paragraph 41 of the Connect America Phase II Service Obligations Order.
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  • 11/19/2013
    Deadline Waiver Petition Reduction Public Notice: Seeks to determine parties’ continuing interest in several petitions for waiver of various high-cost universal service filing deadlines.
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  • 11/18/2013
    MTA Communications and Cordova Wireless Communications LLC Public Notice: Seeking waiver of the line-count filing deadline required by sections 54.307 and 54.802(a) of the Commission’s rules for receipt of high-cost universal service support.
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  • 11/7/2013
    Madison Telephone Company Public Notice: Seeks comment on Madison Telephone Company’s waiver of several high-cost universal service rules in order to receive Safety Valve Support (SVS) for 2005-2013.
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  • 10/31/2013
    ACS Hawaiian and PRTC Phase I Round 2 Funding Public Notice: Authorized over $32 million in funding for the second round of Connect America Phase I, in response to elections from ACS, Hawaiian Telecom, and PRTC.
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  • 10/30/2013
    Clarification of Connect America Phase I Frozen Support/ ICC Rules Order: Addressed three petitions for clarification or waiver of the Commission’s rules concerning obligations of price cap carrier recipients of Connect America Phase I frozen support and transitional ICC-replacement Connect America Fund (CAF ICC) support.
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  • 10/30/2013
    Navajo Pillars Telecommunications, Inc. Public Notice: Seeks comment on petition for designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier and related waivers.
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  • 10/29/2013
    LSS Petitioners Waiver Order: Granted six carriers’ petitions for waiver of the filing deadline for the submission of true-up data used to adjust Local Switching Support under the high-cost universal service support program.
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  • 10/29/2013
    SureWest Telephone High Cost Waiver Order: Denied SureWest Telephone’s petition for waiver of the filing deadline for the annual state certification that high-cost universal service support is being used only for its intended purposes.
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  • 10/28/2013
    USF Implementation Report Deadline Extension Public Notice: Extends the deadline set in the Connect America Sixth Report on Reconsideration for the Bureau to report to the Commission on the progress of universal service reform implementation and the impact of reforms.
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  • 10/18/2013
    Connect America Fund Phase II Webinar Recording Public Notice: Announced that audio recordings of Connect America Phase II webinars are available on the Universal Service Administrative Company’s website.
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  • 9/26/2013
    Billing Records Privacy Public Notice: Reminded parties interested in participating in the Connect America Phase I challenge process about obligations to protect customer privacy.
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  • 9/24/2013
    Split Census Blocks Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau emphasizes that Phase I funds may only be spent in price cap study areas. For census blocks split between multiple carriers, a rate of return carrier need not participate in the challenge process merely to state that a portion of a census block falls within its study area.
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  • 9/17/2013
    Connect America Phase II Webinar Public Notice: Announces availability on the Commission’s website of Wireline Competition Bureau staff presentations in two webinars regarding Connect America Phase II .
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  • 9/17/2013
    High-Cost Loop Support Formula Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau Seeks Comment on the 2014 Modification of the Average Schedule Company Universal Service High-Cost Loop Support Formula.
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  • 8/29/2013
    Connect America Fund Phase II Cost Model Public Notice: Announces the availability of version 3.2 of the CAM (including illustrative results), and seeks comment on certain adjustments to reflect the unique circumstances and operating conditions in the non-contiguous areas of the United States.
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  • 8/28/2013
    Connect America Challenge Process Public Notice: Publishes list of census blocks that price cap carriers have requested funding to serve as part of Connect America Phase I Second Round, and announces commencement of Phase I challenge process to determine whether the requested census blocks are unserved.
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  • 8/15/2013
    Adak Eagle Enterprises, LLC Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau Reminds Parties of Deadline for filing Oppositions and Replies Regarding The Adak Eagle Enterprises, LLC and Windy City Celluar, LLC. Petition for Reconsideration and Applications for Reviews of The Adak/Windy City Waiver Order.
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  • 8/13/2013
    Connect America Cost Model's Network Topology Applications Public Notice : Announced availability of processing source code for the Connect America Cost Model’s network topology applications.
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  • 8/6/2013
    Eligible Telecommunications Carriers Annual Report Public Notice : Announces deadline of October 15 for ETC annual reports and deadline of December 16 for states and ETCs to file annual use certifications.
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  • 7/29/2013
    South Central Waiver Order: Dismissed without prejudice the petition filed by South Central Telephone Association, Inc. for waiver of the Commission’s per line per month support cap and benchmarks rules under the high-cost universal service support program.
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  • 7/26/2013
    2014 Rate-of-Return Benchmarks Order: Adopted several measures to provide greater clarity regarding universal service high-cost support amounts that rate-of-return carriers will receive in 2014, with respect to quantile regression analysis and benchmarks.
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  • 7/24/2013
    Closing of Cost Model Virtual Workshop Public Notice: Announced the closing of the Wireline Competition Bureau’s Connect America Cost Model virtual workshop.
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  • 7/19/2013
    Nemont Telephone Cooperative Inc. Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a Request for Review filed by Nemont Telephone Cooperative, Inc. of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company.
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  • 7/16/2013
    Connect America Fund - Sua Sponte Reconsideration Order: On reconsideration of the Connect America Phase I Order, requires carriers to report updates to planned Phase I deployments, and provides a limited waiver of the deadline for carriers to accept second round Phase I support.
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  • 7/15/2013
    Adak Eagle Enterprises & Windy City Cellular Order: Denied the petitions for waiver, filed by Adak Eagle Enterprises and Windy City Cellular, of the Commission’s high-cost universal service support rules.
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  • 7/10/2013
    AT&T - Cordova Wireless Public Notice: The Bureau seeks comment on three Requests for Review of USAC decisions (two from AT&T, Inc. and the third from Cordova Wireless Communications LLC). The requests all address issues related to the reporting of mobile lines under 47 C.F.R. 54.307(b).
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  • 7/9/2013
    CAM Tutorial Video Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau announces the availability of a tutorial video designed to assist parties accessing and utilizing the Connect America Cost Model (CAM) to better understand the structure and inputs contained in the capital expenditures workbook.
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  • 6/25/2013
    CAM v3.1.4 Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau announces availability of CAM v3.1.4, along with CAM v3.1.4 illustrative model outputs and updated model methodology documentation.
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  • 6/17/2013
    Virtual Workshop Community Anchor Institutions & Business Locations Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau announces the release of two new discussion topics, related to community anchor institutions and business locations, for the Connect America Cost Model virtual workshop.
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  • 6/17/2013
    Connect America Cost Model Version 3.1.3 Illustrative Results & Methodology Documentation Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau announces release of illustrative model outputs from running the Connect America Cost Model version 3.1.3, and of model methodology documentation.
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  • 6/14/2013
    Windy City Cellular, LLC & Adak Eagle Enterprises, LLC Order: Approved interim relief for Adak Eagle Enterprises, LLC and Windy City Cellular, LLC from certain high-cost rules and provided them with one month of interim support.
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  • 6/14/2013
    Silver Star Telephone Company Public Notice: Reminds parties of filing deadlines for oppositions and replies on Silver Star’s Application for Review, which requests a change in the data used in the quantile regression analysis model for Silver Star’s Idaho and Wyoming study areas.
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  • 6/10/2013
    Connect America Fund ETC Reporting Waiver Order: Waived the deadline for eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) to file their annual high-cost reports and waived the filing deadline for states and ETCs to file their annual certifications.
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  • 6/7/2013
    Connect America Fund Phase II Cost Model Version 3.1.3 Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau announces the availability of version 3.1.3 of the Connect America Cost Model (CAM), which allows Commission staff and interested parties to calculate costs based on a series of inputs and assumptions for Connect America Phase II implementation.
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  • 6/4/2013
    Dell Telephone Cooperative Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on an application for review filed by Dell Telephone Cooperative.
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  • 6/4/2013
    Connect America Cost Model Version 3.1.2 Illustrative Results Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau announces release of illustrative model outputs from running the Connect America Cost Model version 3.1.2, and model methodology documentation.
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  • 5/22/2013
    Connect America Fund Phase I, Round 2 Report and Order: Adopted Report and Order providing for a second round of Connect America Phase I incremental funding in 2013 to further leverage private investment in rural America and accelerate the availability of broadband to consumers who lack access.
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  • 5/17/2013
    Matanuska Telephone Association Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Matanuska Telephone Association for clarification concerning the Wireline Competition Bureau’s use of a negative Alaskan CapEx coefficient in its Quantile Regression Mode.
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  • 5/17/2013
    Rural Associations Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau Announces the Comment Cycle for Oppositions and Replies to the Rural Associations' Petition for Reconsideration of the Commission's 6th Order on Reconsideration and MO&O.
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  • 5/17/2013
    Connect America Fund Phase II Version 3.1.2 Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau Announces the Release of Connect America Cost Model Version 3.1.2 and Adds New Discussion Topics to Connect America Cost Model Virtual Workshop.
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  • 5/16/2013
    Rural Broadband Rate-of-Return Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on options to promote the availability of modern voice and broadband-capable networks in rural areas served by rate-of-return carriers.
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  • 5/16/2013
    Connect America Fund Phase II Challenge Process Order: Announces the parameters for the Connect America Phase II challenge process and the process by which price cap carriers may make their state-level commitments under Phase II.
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  • 5/10/2013
    Sandwich Isles Order: Denied a petition filed by Sandwich Isles Communications, Inc. for a waiver of the universal service and intercarrier compensation reform rules, including section 54.302 of the Commission rules.
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  • 4/30/2013
    Dell and Central Texas Dismissal Order: Dismisses without prejudice high-cost waiver petitions filed by Dell Telephone Cooperative, Inc., Border to Border Communications, Inc. and Central Texas Telephone Cooperative, Inc, because alternative remedies are available through a state process.
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  • 4/29/2013
    Connect America Fund Phase II Version 3.1 Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau announces the availability of version 3.1 of the Connect America Cost Model (CAM), which allows Commission staff and interested parties to calculate costs based on a series of inputs and assumptions for Connect America Phase II implementation.
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  • 4/25/2013
    Windy City Cellular Company Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Windy City Cellular Company for waiver of section 54.307 (c) of the Commission’s rules.
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  • 4/22/2013
    Connect America Cost Model Public Notice: Adopts platform, addressing the design of the network and network engineering, for Connect America Cost Model to estimate forward-looking costs of Connect America Phase II deployment.
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  • 4/11/2013
    Connect America Operating Expenses Input Values Topic Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau Adds New Discussion Topic to Connect America Cost Model Virtual Workshop.
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  • 4/11/2013
    Alaska Communications Systems Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Alaska Communications Systems for waiver of section 54.313 (c) of the Commission’s rules.
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  • 4/10/2013
    US Telecom Association Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by US Telecom Association for reconsideration and clarification of certain aspects of section 54.313 of the Commission’s rules.
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  • 3/29/2013
    Reliance Connects & CenturyLink Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on the Trans-Cascades Telephone Company d/b/a Reliance Connects (Reliance Connects) and CenturyTel of Oregon, Inc. d/b/a CenturyLink (CenturyLink) joint petition for waiver of the Commission’s study area boundary freeze.
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  • 3/26/2013
    High-Cost Loop Support Benchmarks Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau releases updated 2013 high-cost loop support benchmarks, accounting for the changes adopted in the Sixth Order on Reconsideration and making minor corrections to the input variables.
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  • 3/11/2013
    Version Three - Connect America Fund Phase II Cost Model: The Wireline Competition Bureau announces the availability of version three of the Connect America Cost Model, which allows Commission staff and interested parties to calculate costs based on a series of inputs and assumptions for Connect America Phase II implementation.
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  • 3/5/2013
    United States Telecom Association Order: Clarifies and waives certain aspects of the reporting rules for eligible telecommunications carriers receiving high-cost universal service support.
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  • 3/4/2013
    Border to Border Communications Letter: Requests further information from Border to Border Communications, Inc. regarding its petition for waiver of two high-cost universal service support rules.
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  • 2/28/2013
    Connect America Cost Model Virtual Workshop Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau Adds New Discussion Topic to Connect America Cost Model Virtual Workshop.
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  • 2/27/2013
    Connect America Fund Sixth Order on Reconsideration and Memorandum Opinion and Order: Addresses several issues related to the benchmarking rule and other changes made to high-cost universal service support for rate-of-return carriers in the USF/ICC Transformation Order.
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    Chairman Genachowski Statement: Word|PDF
    Commissioner McDowell Statement: Word|PDF
    Commissioner Clyburn Statement: Word|PDF
    Commissioner Rosenworcel Statement: Word|PDF
    Commissioner Pai Statement: Word|PDF
  • 2/26/2013
    Connect America Phase II Service Obligations Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on issues related to the service obligations for support recipients and unsubsidized competitors in Phase II of Connect America.
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  • 2/22/2013
    Connect America Cost Model Virtual Workshop Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau Releases Further Discussion Topics and Seeks Additional Comment In Connect America Cost Model Virtual Workshop.
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  • 2/14/2013
    FairPoint Communications Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by FairPoint Communications, Inc. for waiver of certain high-cost universal service rules that are outlined in sections 54.313(c) of the Commission’s rules.
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  • 2/12/2013
    TelcoMaster Table Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks updates and corrections to TelcoMaster table for the Connect America Cost Model.
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  • 2/12/2013
    Virtual Workshop Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau has posted information in the Connect America Cost Model (CACM) virtual workshop describing the differences between the model previously submitted into the record by the ABC Coalition (CQBAT) and version one of CACM, as well as between CACM version one and CACM version two.
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  • 2/8/2013
    Connect America Phase II Public Notice: Seeks to further develop the record on issues relating to Connect America Phase II support for price cap carriers serving areas outside of the contiguous United States.
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  • 2/1/2013
    West Virginia Rate Floor Waiver Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by the West Virginia Rural Companies: Armstrong Telephone Company – Northern Division, Armstrong Telephone Company – West Virginia, Hardy Telecommunications, Inc. and Spruce Knob Seneca Rocks Telephone, Inc. (WVRC) for a waiver of two high-cost universal service rules.
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  • 2/1/2013
    Connect America Cost Model Virtual Workshop Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks public input on additional questions relating to modeling voice capability and Annual Charge Factors (ACFs).
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  • 2/1/2013
    SureWest Telephone Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by SureWest Telephone for a waiver of the deadline required by section 54.314(d)(1) and (d)(2) of the Commission’s rules for filing a certification to receive high-cost universal service support.
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  • 2/1/2013
    Sandwich Isles Communications, Inc. Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Sandwich Isles Communications for waiver of several high-cost universal service rules, including a waiver of the study area boundary freeze codified in part 36 of the Commission’s rules.
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  • 1/30/2013
    Accipiter Communications, Inc. Order: Granted a petition filed by Accipiter Communications, Inc. for a limited, temporary waiver of certain rules governing the calculation of high-cost universal service support.
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  • 1/29/2013
    2013 HCLS Benchmarks Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau announced the high-cost loop support benchmarks to be used by NECA for 2013.
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  • 1/29/2013
    Coral Wireless Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on Coral Wireless’s petition for review/waiver regarding a USAC decision that lines must be revenue producing to be eligible for support.
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  • 1/29/2013
    Micronesia LSS Deadline Waiver Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by filed by Micronesia Telecommunications Corporation for waiver of section 54.301 (e) of the Commission’s rules which sets forth the deadline for certain ILECs to file true-up data with USAC to be eligible to receive local switching support.
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  • 1/23/2013
    Wireless Internet Service Providers Association Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau dismisses in part and denies in part an emergency petition for reconsideration/extension of time filed by the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA).
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  • 1/23/2013
    FairPoint Communications, Inc. Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by filed by FairPoint Communications, Inc. for waiver of section 54.301 (e) of the Commission’s rules which sets forth the deadline for certain ILECs to file true-up data with USAC to be eligible to receive local switching support.
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  • 1/23/2013
    Consolidated Communications of Fort Bend Company Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Consolidated Communications of Fort Bend for waiver of section 54.301 (e) of the Commission’s rules which sets forth the deadline for certain ILECs to file true-up data with USAC to be eligible to receive local switching support.
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  • 1/23/2013
    CenturyLink Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by filed by CenturyLink for waiver of section 54.301 (e) of the Commission’s rules which sets forth the deadline for certain ILECs to file true-up data with USAC to be eligible to receive local switching support.
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  • 1/22/2013
    Connect America Phase II Public Notice: A summary of the Bureau's Public Notice seeking comment on matters related to Connect America Phase II was published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2013. Comments on the Public Notice are due February 19, 2013, with replies due March 4, 2013.
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  • 1/18/2013
    Fairpoint Communications Missouri, Inc. Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by FairPoint Communications Missouri, Inc. for waiver of Section 54.313(h)(1) of the Commission’s rules or in the alternative, FairPoint, seeks that the Commission clarify an alleged inconsistency in reporting dates in sections 54.313(h)(1) and 54.318(f)(1).
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  • 1/18/2013
    Steelville Telephone Exchange, Inc. Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Steelville Telephone Exchange, Inc. for waiver of Section 54.313(h)(1) of the Commission’s rules. Steelville seeks permission to refile its local rate data to reflect rates that went into effect after June 1.
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  • 1/17/2013
    Remote Areas Fund Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks further comment on issues related to the implementation of the Remote Areas Fund.
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  • 1/11/2013
    Jordan Soldier Valley Telephone Company Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Jordan Soldier Valley Telephone Company for a waiver of section 54.301(e)(1) of the Commission’s rules which sets the deadline for certain incumbent local exchange carriers to file true-up data to receive LSS.
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  • 1/2/2013
    Modifications to Connect America Phase I Comment Cycle Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau announces the comment cycle for Connect America Phase I FNPRM following publication of the FNPRM in the Federal Register. Comments will be due on January 28, 2013 and reply comments will be due on February 11, 2013.
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2012

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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12/20/2012
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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12/17/2012
Connect America Cost Model Virtual Workshop Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau Releases Further Discussion Topics for Connect America Cost Model Virtual Workshop.
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12/13/2012
2013 NECA 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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12/11/2012
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 Protective 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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12/10/2012
Census Blocks 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
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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12/5/2012
National Broadband Map 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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12/3/2012
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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11/20/2012
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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11/19/2012
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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11/16/2012
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
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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11/5/2012
High Cost Universal Service Filing Deadline Waiver 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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10/19/2012
Connect America Additional Phase II Cost Model Virtual Workshop 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 Topic 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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10/9/2012
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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10/3/2012
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
Alaska Communications Systems 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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9/17/2012
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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9/13/2012
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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9/12/2012
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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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
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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8/20/2012
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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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 Communication 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
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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7/19/2012
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
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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7/12/2012
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
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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7/5/2012
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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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: WCB 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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6/8/2012
Comments on Model Design and Data Inputs for Phase II of 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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6/6/2012
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
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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5/14/2012
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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5/4/2012
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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5/3/2012
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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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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3/8/2012
The Hargray Telephone Company 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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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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2/17/2012
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
The 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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2/13/2012
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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2/6/2012
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
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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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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1/11/2012
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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1/10/2012
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 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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2011

12/22/2011
Midcontinent Communications Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Midcontinent Communications for waiver of a filing deadline required by section 54.307(c) of the Commission’s rules for receipt of high-cost universal service support. Section 54.307(c) sets forth the deadline for a competitive eligible telecommunications carrier to file line count data with the Universal Service Administrative Company to receive high-cost universal service support.
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12/22/2011
Virgin Islands Telephone Corp. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Virgin Islands Telephone Corp. d/b/a Innovative Telephone (Innovative) to waive the National Exchange Carrier Association's (NECA) rolling 24-month adjustment period and require that NECA recalculate Innovative's 2011 High Cost Loop Support (HCLS) based on corrected loop count data. Innovative claims that its 2009 loop count data submitted to NECA was inaccurate because Innovative had been erroneously including loops that were related to non-switched wideband services.
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12/22/2011
Citizens Tel Coop Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Citizens Tel Coop for waiver of a filing deadline required by section 54.314(d) of the Commission’s rules for receipt of high-cost universal service support. Section 54.314(d), among other things, sets forth the deadline for a rural incumbent local exchange carrier that is not subject to state jurisdiction to file an annual certification with the Commission and the Universal Service Administrative Company stating that the carrier “will only use support for the provision, maintenance, and upgrading of facilities and services for which support is intended,” which is required for such a carrier to be eligible to receive high-cost universal service support.
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12/15/2011
Forward-Looking Cost Models Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau requests parties to submit forward-looking cost models by February 1, 2012 to be used for estimating Connect America Fund support amounts in price cap areas by the end of 2012 in order to provide support beginning January 1, 2013.
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12/7/2011
Washington RSA No.8 Limited Partnership Order: In this Order, we deny a request by Washington RSA No. 8 Limited Partnership; Eastern Sub-RSA Limited Partnership d/b/a Inland Cellular (Inland Cellular) for a waiver of the universal service high-cost support filing deadlines set forth in sections 54.307(c) and 54.802(a) of the Commission rules.
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12/2/2011
USF/ICC Transformation Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau provides notice that it is releasing data and maps relevant to the USF/ICC Transformation Proceeding.
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11/18/2011
USF/ICC Transformation Order & FNPRM: In this order, the Commission comprehensively reforms and modernizes the universal service and intercarrier compensation systems to ensure that robust, affordable voice and broadband service, both fixed and mobile, are available to Americans throughout the nation.
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10/5/2011
NECA 2012 Modification Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on the 2012 Modifications of Average Schedule Company Universal Service High-Cost Loop Support and Local Switching Support Formulas.
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9/12/2011
Telenational Communications, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Telenational Communications, Inc. for waiver of a filing deadline required by section 54.307(c) of the Commission’s rules for receipt of high-cost universal service support.
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8/17/2011
Triangle Communication Systems, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on two petitions filed on August 4, 2011 by Triangle Communication System, Inc. (“Triangle”), pursuant to section 54.207 of the Commission’s rules. In its petition, Triangle requests the Commission’s agreement with the Montana Public Service Commission to redefine the service area of two rural telephone companies. In one petition, Triangle seeks to redefine the service area of Central Montana Communications; in the other, Triangle seeks to redefine the service area of Triangle Telephone Cooperative Association, Inc.
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8/5/2011
Totah Communications, Inc. Order: In the attached order, the Bureau denies a petition filed by Totah Communications, Inc. (Totah) for a waiver of section 36.621(a)(4) of the Commission’s rules, which caps the amount of high-cost universal service support recoverable for carriers’ corporate operations expenses. Totah provides local exchange telephone service in areas of rural Oklahoma and states that it has corporate operations expenses that exceed the Commission’s limit on the recovery of such expenses for purposes of receiving loop support. In its request, Totah contends that it would not be able to maintain affordable rates in its service area without a waiver of the corporate operations expense cap. We conclude that Totah has failed to demonstrate that there is good cause to waive the applicable section of the Commission’s rules.
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8/3/2011
Universal Service Intercarrier Compensation Transformation Public Notice: In response to the USF/ICC Transformation NPRM, several parties have offered specific proposals for reform. We seek comment on how these proposals comport with the Commission’s articulated objectives and statutory requirements. We invite comment on specific aspects of the proposals and on additional issues that are not fully developed in the record.
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8/2/2011
Cedar-Wapsie Communications, Inc. Order: In this order, we grant four separate requests for waivers of various high-cost universal service support filing deadlines, filed by: (1) Cedar-Wapsie Communications, Inc. (Cedar-Wapsie); (2) DialToneServices, L.P. (DialToneServices); (3) Virgin Islands Telephone Corp. d/b/a Innovative Telephone (Innovative) and (4) Wildflower Telecommunications, LLC (Wildflower) (collectively, the petitioners).
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6/27/2011
CAL Communications, Inc. Order: In this order, the Wireline Competition Bureau extends by 90 days the date by which the petition requesting forbearance filed by CAL Communications, Inc shall be deemed granted in the absence of a Commission decision that the petition fails to meet the standards for forbearance.
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6/22/2011
Standing Rock Telecommunications, Inc. Memorandum Opinion and Order on Reconsideration: In this order, we designate Standing Rock Telecommunications, Inc. (Standing Rock), a Tribally owned telecommunications carrier, as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) throughout the entire Standing Rock Sioux Reservation (Reservation), effective immediately.
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6/6/2011
Restated Line Count Letter: With this letter, the Commission provides explanation to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) concerning procedures to be followed when a competitive Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC) files revised line count reports with USAC.
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5/16/2011
Cricket Forbearance 90 Day Extension: In this order, pursuant to section 10(c) of the Communications Act, we extend by 90 days the date by which the petition requesting forbearance filed by Cricket Communications, Inc. shall be deemed granted in the absence of a Commission decision that the petition fails to meet the standards for forbearance under section 10(a) of the Act.
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5/12/2011
Western Wireless Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau approves the requests of Western Wireless, LLC, successor by merger of Western Wireless Corporation d/b/a Verizon Wireless (Western Wireless), to relinquish its eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) designations in the state of Wyoming and on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
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5/12/2011
AT&T Mobility Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau addresses a petition filed by AT&T pursuant to section 214(e)(6) of the Communications Act in which AT&T requests transfer of the eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) designation held by Western Wireless, LLC d/b/a Alltel for service offered to Tribal members on the Pine Ridge Reservation in the state of South Dakota and designation as an ETC. The Bureau grants in part AT&T Mobility’s petition, finding that AT&T meets the eligibility requirements of section 214(e)(1) of the Act and the Commission’s rules to be designated as an ETC.
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5/4/2011
Verizon Wireless Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Verizon Wireless for reconsideration of the Bureau's April 1, 2011 letter to USAC to implement the company-specific cap on high-cost universal service support that the Commission imposed in October 2007 on Verizon Wireless’s predecessor in interest, Alltel Corporation.
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4/28/2011
Grande Communications Networks, Inc. Order: In this order, we address four separate petitions filed by Grande Communications Networks, Inc. (Grande), Advantage Cellular Systems, Inc. (Advantage), Decatur Telephone Co. (Decatur), and Range Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (Range) for waiver of high-cost universal service filings deadlines set forth in sections 54.307(c) or 54.904(d) of the Commission’s rules.
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4/28/2011
Allo Communications Order: In this Order, we deny seven separate petitions filed by Allo Communications (Allo), Bayland Communications, LLC (Bayland), Columbus Telephone Company (Columbus), Great Lakes of Iowa, Inc. (Great Lakes), HTC Communications, LLC (HTC), Pine Belt Cellular, Inc. (Pine Belt), and Windy City Cellular, LLC (Windy City) for waiver of high-cost universal service support filing deadlines set forth in sections 54.307, 54.314, 54.802, 54.809, 54.903(a), and 54.904(d) of the Commission’s rules.
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4/28/2011
NewComm Wireless Services, Inc. Order: In this Order, we address a petition filed by NewComm Wireless Services, Inc. d/b/a MoviStar (NewComm) for a waiver of the universal service high-cost support filing deadline set forth in section 54.307(d) of the Commission rules.
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4/18/2011
The Virgin Island Telephone Corp. d/b/a Innovative Telephone Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Virgin Islands Telephone Corp. d/b/a Innovative Telephone for waiver of a filing deadline required by section 54.903(a) of the Commission’s rules for receipt of high-cost universal service support.
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4/18/2011
Windstream Communications, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Windstream Communications, Inc. for waiver of a filing deadline required by section 54.903(a) of the Commission’s rules for receipt of high-cost universal service support.
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4/8/2011
Allied Wireless Communications Corporation Order: In this order, the Wireline Competition Bureau denies petitions for waiver of high-cost universal service filing deadlines.
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3/30/2011
Universal Service Fund/Intercarrier Compensation Reform Workshop Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau announces the second in a series of workshops on universal service and intercarrier compensation reform. This workshop, to be held April 27, 2011, in Washington D.C., will focus on universal service reform proposals, including Phase One of the Connect America Fund.
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3/29/2011
Ringsted Communications Company Order: In this order, we grant a request by Ringsted Communications Company (Ringsted) for a waiver of a deadline set forth in section 54.307(c) of the Commission’s rules for competitive eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) to file line count data with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to receive certain high-cost universal service support.
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3/29/2011
F&B Communications, Inc. f/k/a Farmers' and Business Men's Telephone Order: In this order, we grant a request by F&B Communications, Inc. f/k/a Farmers’ and Business Men’s Telephone Company (F&B Communications) for a waiver of section 54.802(a) of the Commission’s rules, which sets forth deadlines for eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) providing service within an area served by a price cap local exchange carrier (LEC) to file line count data on a quarterly basis with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to receive certain high-cost universal service support.
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3/21/2011
Washington RSA No.8 Limited Partnership Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Washington RSA No. 8 Limited Partnership; Eastern Sub-RSA Limited Partnership d/b/a Inland Cellular for waiver of the March, 30 2010 quarterly filing deadlines of the Commission’s Rules.
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3/16/2011
Cellular South Licenses, Inc. and United States Cellular Corp. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a joint petition filed by Cellular South Licenses, Inc. and United States Cellular Corporation requesting that the Commission reconsider its decision amending a rule established by the Interim Cap Order to reclaim high-cost universal service support surrendered by a competitive eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) when it relinquishes ETC status in a particular state.
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3/10/2011
USF/ICC Reform Public Notice: On February 9, 2011, the Commission released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on proposals to fundamentally modernize the Commission’s universal service fund and intercarrier compensation system.
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2/25/2011
Partner Communications Cooperative Memorandum Opinion and Order: The Commission denies Partner Communications Cooperative Forbearance Petition.
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2/9/2011
Connect America Fund NPRM: In this NPRM, the Commission proposes to transform the high-cost portion of the Universal Service Fund to support broadband, as well as to reform the intercarrier compensation system.
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2/8/2011
Interim Cap Adjustment letter: Wireline Competition Bureau Instructs the Universal Service Administrative Company to Implement the Revised Interim Cap Amount for Competitive Eligible Telecommunications Carriers.
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1/25/2011
Wildflower Telecommunications, LLC Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Wildflower Telecommunications, LLC for waiver of the December, 31 2010 and December, 30 2010 quarterly filing deadlines of the Commission’s Rules.
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1/25/2011
Puerto Rico Telephone Company Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for review filed by the Puerto RicoTelephone Company regarding a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), concerning the performance audit conducted by KPMG LLP (KPMG) for the Universal Service Fund disbursements made to the company during the twelve-month period ended June 30, 2008.
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1/25/2011
Dialtoneservices, L.P. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by DialToneServices, L.P. for waiver of the December, 30 2010 filing deadlines of the Commission’s Rules.
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1/19/2011
Puerto Rico Telephone Company Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for review filed by the Puerto Rico Telephone Company of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) concerning an audit of Puerto Rico Telephone Company’s compliance with federal universal service high-cost program requirements.
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1/19/2011
Consolidated Communications of Fort Bend Company Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request for review filed by Consolidated Communications of Fort Bend Company, Illinois Consolidated Telephone Company, and Consolidated Communications of Texas of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company concerning an audit of those companies’ compliance with federal universal service high-cost program requirements.
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1/19/2011
Fulton Telephone Company Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request filed by Fulton Telephone Company for review of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company concerning an audit of Fulton Telephone Company’s compliance with federal universal service high-cost program requirements.
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1/13/2011
Dixie Net Communications, Inc. Order: In this order, we grant a request by Dixie Net Communications, Inc. (Dixie Net) for a waiver of section 54.307(c) of the Commission’s rules, which sets forth deadlines for competitive eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) to file line count data with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to receive certain high-cost universal service support.
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1/12/2011
Upper Peninsula Telephone Co. and Michigan Central Broadband Co., LLC Public Notice: On December 29, 2010, Upper Peninsula Telephone Company (Upper Peninsula) and Michigan Central Broadband Company, LLC (Michigan Central) filed a joint petition for waiver of the study area boundary freeze codified in part 36 of the Commission’s rules. The Commission froze all study area boundaries effective November 15, 1984 to prevent incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (LECs) from establishing separate study areas made up only of high-cost exchanges to maximize their receipt of high-cost universal service support.
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1/12/2011
Cedar-Wapsie Communications, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Cedar-Wapsie Communications, Inc. for waiver of the filing deadline required by section 54.904(d) of the Commission’s rules for receipt of universal service high-cost support. Section 54.904(d) sets forth the deadline for rate-of-return carriers and competitive eligible telecommunications carriers serving rate-of-return service areas to file an annual certification with the Universal Service Administrative Company and the Commission to receive Interstate Common Line Support.
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2010

12/20/2010
Average Schedule Order: In this order, the Commission adopts NECA's average schedule loop formula and USAC's universal service support formula.
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12/16/2010
Cross Wireless, LLC d/b/a Sprocket Wireless Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Cross Wireless, LLC d/b/a Sprocket Wireless for waiver of the filing deadlines required by section 54.307(c) of the Commission’s rules.
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12/8/2010
Tracfone Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed on December 1, 2010, by TracFone Wireless, Inc. (TracFone) for a declaratory ruling.
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12/2/2010
East Ascension Telephone Company LLC and EATELCORP, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on an appeal filed by the East Ascension Telephone Company LLC and EATELCORP, INC. of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company concerning a performance audit conducted by KPMG LLP regarding universal service fund disbursements made to EATEL during the twelve-month period ending June 30, 2007.
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11/9/2010
Allied Wireless Communications Corporation Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by the Allied Wireless Communication Corporation for waiver of the Commission's filing deadline rules.
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11/9/2010
Ringsted Communications Company Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Ringsted Communications Company for waiver of the March 30, 2010 filing deadlines of the Commission’s Rules.
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11/2/2010
Partner Communications Cooperative Order: The Bureau extends from December 2, 2010, to March 2, 2011, the statutory deadline for acting on a petition filed by Partner Communications Cooperative requesting that the Commission forbear from applying the requirements of sections 54.305(b) and (d) of the Commission's rules.
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11/1/2010
Georgia RSA #8 Partnership Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by the Georgia RSA #8 Partnership for waiver of the filing deadlines required by the Commission's rules for universal service high-cost support.
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11/1/2010
Virgin Islands Telephone Corp. d/b/a Innovatitive Telephone Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request by Virgin Islands Telephone Corp. d/b/a Innovative Telephone Inc. for review of USAC's management response to the independent auditor's report that evaluated the company's compliance with the requirements of the high-cost universal service program from July 1, 2007 thru June 30, 200 8 .Sections:54.719(c), 54.721 and 54.722 of the Commission’s Rules (petition filed Oct. 21, 2010).
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11/1/2010
Syringa Wireless, LLC Order: In this order, the Bureau grants a request by Syringa Wireless, LLC (Syringa) for a waiver of the universal service high-cost filing deadline set forth in sections 54.307(c) of the Commission’s rules. We conclude that a waiver is warranted because Syringa promptly filed the required data and states that it has revised its internal measures to ensure that it meet future deadlines.
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10/15/2010
Comment Sought on F&B Communications, Inc. f/k/a Farmers' and Business Men's Telephone Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by F&B Communications, Inc. f/k/a Farmers’ and Business Men’s Telephone Company for a waiver of the filing deadline required by section 54.802(a) of the Commission’s rules for receipt of universal service high-cost support.
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10/13/2010
Comment Sought on the Virgin Islands Telephone Corp. d/b/a Innovative Telephone Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request filed by Virgin Islands Telephone Corp. d/b/a Innovative Telephone for review of the Universal Service Administrative Company’s decision regarding the treatment of a deferred tax asset.
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10/13/2010
Comment Sought on the 2011 Modifications of Average Schedule Company Public Notice: On August 24, 2010, the National Exchange Carrier Association, Inc. filed its 2011 Modification of Average Schedule Universal Service High-Cost Loop Support Formula. On September 30, 2010, the Universal Service Administrative Company filed its 2011 Average Schedule Company Local Switching Support Formula. The proposed formulas, if approved, would be scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2011, and remain in effect through December 31, 2011. The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on the proposed formulas.
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10/12/2010
SouthernLINC Public Notice: On September 3, 2010, the Commission released the Corr Wireless Order, which addressed a petition requesting review of a Universal Service Administrative Company decision. On September 30, 2010, SouthernLINC filed a petition for reconsideration of the Corr Wireless Order, and on October 4, 2010, Allied Wireless Communications, Inc., et al., did as well. Pursuant to section 1.106 of the Commission’s rules, oppositions to the SouthernLINC petition would be due on October 12, 2010, while oppositions to the Allied petition would be due on October 14, 2010.
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9/21/2010
WCB Comments Deadline Public Notice: On September 3, 2010, the Commission released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) seeking comment on permanently amending the Commission’s rules to facilitate efficient use of reclaimed excess high-cost universal service support, and on a proposal to modify the Commission’s rules to reclaim legacy support surrendered by a competitive eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) when it relinquishes ETC status in a particular state.
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9/17/2010
Dixie Net Communications, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Dixie Net Communications, Inc. for a waiver of the filing deadline required by section 54.307(c) of the Commission’s rules for receipt of universal service high-cost support.
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8/30/2010
Allied Wireless Communications Corporation Order: In this order, the Bureau grants the petition of Allied Wireless Communications Corporation (AWCC) to be designated as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) in the state of North Carolina. We find that AWCC meets the eligibility requirements of section 214(e)(6) of the Communications Act and the Commission’s rules to be designated as an ETC in North Carolina.
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8/24/2010
Standing Rock Telecommunications, Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on whether Standing Rock Telecommunications, Inc. should be designated as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier in partial rural wire centers so that it can serve the entire Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
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8/24/2010
Standing Rock Telecommunications, Inc. Memorandum Opinion and Order: In this order, the Wireline Competition Bureau designates Standing Rock Telecommunications, Inc. (Standing Rock), a wireless carrier owned and operated by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) in certain wire centers within the boundaries of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation (Standing Rock Reservation). The Bureau defers action on Standing Rock’s request to redefine and serve partial rural wire centers on the Reservation.
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8/23/2010
The Twin Valley Telephone Inc. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition by Twin valley telephone, Inc. for waiver of sections 36.612(a)(3) and 54.305 (d)(1); the March 30, 2010 deadline for filing loop-related expense data to receive safety valve support ("the filing deadline").
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7/27/2010
Pine Drive/Qwest Public Notice: Sought comment on joint petition of Pine Drive Telephone and Qwest to waive the study area boundary freeze as codified in Part 36 of the Commission’s rules.
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7/22/2010
Smith Bagley, Inc. Public Notice: Sought comment on Smith Bagley, Inc. request for review of a decision of the Universal Service Administrative Company and a request for declaratory ruling.
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6/4/2010
Wellman Study Area Waiver Order: In this order, WCB grants a joint request from Iowa Telecommunications Services, Inc. (Iowa Telecom) and Wellman Cooperative Telephone Association (Wellman) for a waiver of the study area boundary freeze codified in the Appendix-Glossary of Part 36 of the Commission’s rules. The study area waiver will permit Iowa Telecom to transfer a small area from Iowa Telecom’s existing Williamsburg exchange, including one access line, to Wellman’s existing Iowa study area. WCB also grants Wellman’s request for a waiver of section 54.305 of the Commission’ rules to allow Wellman to receive universal service high-cost support for the acquired line in the same manner as its existing lines. Lastly, WCB grants Wellman’s request for a waiver of section 69.605(c) so that it may continue to operate as an average schedule company after the transfer.
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6/4/2010
Verizon/Frontier Study Area Waiver Order: In this order, WCB grants, with one condition, a joint request from Verizon California Inc. (Verizon California), Verizon South Inc. (Verizon South), and Frontier Communications Corporation (Frontier) for waivers of the study area boundary freeze codified in the Appendix-Glossary of Part 36 of the Commission’s rules. The study area waiver will permit Verizon California to remove seven exchanges from its current California study area and permit Frontier to create a new California study area consisting of those same seven exchanges. In addition, the study area waiver will permit Verizon South to remove exchanges from its North Carolina study area, with the exception of its facilities and customers located in the Knotts Island exchange, permit Frontier to create a new North Carolina study area consisting of those same exchanges, and permit Verizon South to create a new North Carolina study area consisting solely of the Knotts Island exchange. The study area waiver requests are in connection with Verizon’s sale of operating companies in a number of states to Frontier.
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6/4/2010
CTC Telecom High-Cost Waiver Order: In this order, WCB grants, consistent with precedent, CTC Telecom's request for waiver of the universal service high-cost filing deadline set forth in section 54.314(d)(6) of the Commission's rules.
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5/28/2010
Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless Order: In this order, WCB approves the request of Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless and its affiliates (Cellco) for pro forma amendment of the eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) designations currently held by Cellco in the name of ALLTEL Communications, Inc. and its affiliated legal entities (Alltel) in Virginia and North Carolina, as well as ETC designations held by both Alltel and RCC Holdings, Inc. in Alabama. Under this order, the designated service areas of Alltel and RCC would reflect Cellco as the ETC designated entity. This order in does not affect the universal service reductions merger conditions.
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5/21/2010
Puerto Rico Telephone Company, Inc. Recon Petition Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Puerto Rico Telephone Company, Inc. requesting that the Commission reconsider its decision declining to establish a new universal service high-cost support mechanism for non-rural insular carriers.
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5/19/2010
Iowa Telecom Order: In this order, the Bureau denies a petition filed by Iowa Telecommunications Services, Inc. requesting that the Commission waive certain sections of the Commission’s rules to permit Iowa Telecom to receive universal service high-cost support under the non-rural mechanism.
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5/19/2010
Qwest/RT Study Area Waiver: In this order, WCB grants a request from Qwest Corporation for a waiver of the study area boundary freeze codified in the Appendix-Glossary of Part 36 of the Commission’s rules. The study area waiver will permit Qwest to remove a certain territory in Laramie County from its Wyoming study area and permit RT Communications, Inc. to add that same territory to its parent company’s existing Wyoming study area.
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5/19/2010
Qwest/El Paso Study Area Waiver: In this order, WCB grants a joint request from El Paso County Telephone (El Paso) and Qwest Corporation (Qwest) for a waiver of the study area boundary freeze codified in the Appendix-Glossary of Part 36 of the Commission’s rules. The study area waiver will permit Qwest to remove a territory from its Colorado study area and permit El Paso to add that territory to its existing Colorado study area, and will also permit El Paso to remove a territory from its Colorado study area and permit Qwest to add that territory to its existing Colorado study area.
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5/19/2010
Panora/Prairie Study Area Waiver: In this order, WCB grants a joint request from Panora Communications Cooperative (Panora) and Prairie Telephone Co., Inc. (Prairie) for a waiver of the study area boundary freeze codified in the Appendix-Glossary of Part 36 of the Commission’s rules. The study area waiver will permit Prairie to remove a territory from its Iowa study area and permit Panora to add that same territory to its existing Iowa study area. We deny, however, Panora’s request for waiver of section 54.305 of the Commission’s rules.
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5/19/2010
Eagle/Midvale Study Area Waiver: In this order, WCB grants a joint request from Eagle Telephone System, Inc. (Eagle) and Midvale Telephone Exchange, Incorporated (Midvale) for a waiver of the study area boundary freeze codified in the Appendix-Glossary of Part 36 of the Commission’s rules. The study area waiver will permit Midvale to remove the Connor Creek area located in northeast Oregon and a small portion of Idaho from its Idaho study area and permit Eagle to add that same territory to its existing Oregon study area.
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5/19/2010
Qwest/Dubois Study Area Waiver: In this order, WCB grants a joint request from Dubois Telephone Exchange, Inc. (Dubois) and Qwest Corporation (Qwest) for a waiver of the study area boundary freeze. The study area waiver will permit Qwest to remove the Carbon County territory from its Wyoming study area and permit Dubois to add that territory to its existing Wyoming study area.
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5/18/2010
Arkansas Preemption Dismissal Order: In this order, we dismiss as moot a petition filed by Alltel Communications, Inc. (Alltel) seeking a declaratory ruling preempting section 5(d)(1) of the Arkansas Telecommunications Regulatory Act of 1997.
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5/14/2010
Allo Communications Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request by Allo Communications for waiver of section 54.307(c), quarterly line count filing deadline
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5/13/2010
Universal Service Reform NOI and NPRM Comment Cycle Public Notice: WCB announces comment and reply comment deadlines for the Universal Service Reform NOI and NPRM of July 12, 2010 and August 11, 2010, respectively.
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5/7/2010
Syringa Wireless, LLC Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Syringa Wireless, LLC seeking waiver of a filing deadline required by section 54.307(c) of the Commission’s rules for receipt of universal service high-cost support funds.
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5/5/2010
PR Wireless Public Notice: On April 5, 2010, PR Wireless, Inc., pursuant to sections 54.721 and 54.722 of the Commission’s rules, filed a request for review of an audit finding by USAC. Specifically, PR Wireless requests that the Commission review USAC’s audit finding regarding the manner in which PR Wireless reports prepaid wireless subscribers in the universal service high-cost line counts it files with USAC. PR Wireless also requests reversal of USAC’s decision to recover universal service high-cost support funds that the auditor determined to have been improperly paid to PR Wireless. The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on PR Wireless’s request.
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5/5/2010
Etex Grant Order: In this order, we grant a request filed by ETEX Telephone Cooperative (ETEX) for a waiver of the October 1, 2008 data filing deadline set forth in section 54.301(b) of the Commission’s rules concerning universal service local switching support (LSS). We find that ETEX has demonstrated that good cause warrants this waiver.
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4/29/2010
499 Late Fee Denial Order (Achilles et al.): In this order, WCB denies thirteen requests for reversal of the late filing fee associated with the late filing of FCC Forms 499-A and 499-Q.
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4/29/2010
Flat Rock et al High-Cost Waiver Order: In this order, WCB grants fives requests for waiver of a high-cost universal service support filing deadlines, filed by: Flat Rock Telephone Co-Op, Inc.; Windstream Communications, Inc.; Palmerton Telephone Company and Northeastern Pennsylvania Telephone Company; Northwest Iowa Telephone Company; and West River Telecommunications Cooperative.
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4/29/2010
GA PSC High-Cost Waiver Order: In this order, WCB grants the Georgia Public Service Commission’s request for waiver of section 54.314(d)(1) of the Commission’s rules for good cause.
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4/29/2010
Nebraska Technologies High-Cost Waiver Denial Order: In this order, WCB denies six requests, filed by Nebraska Technology & Telecommunications, Inc.; Dixie-Net Communications, Inc.; The Community Cable Television Agency of O’Brien County d/b/a The Community Agency and TCA; H&B Cable Services, Inc.; FiberNet LLC; and Skylink LLC, for waiver of high-cost universal service support filing deadlines. The petitioners failed to promptly correct their mistakes or to demonstrate that special circumstances were present.
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4/29/2010
Three ETC Relinquishments Order: In the order, TAPD grants relinquishments of ETC status by three federally designated ETCs. These relinquishments are not related to the Verizon Wireless or Sprint merger conditions and won't affect the size of the CETC interim cap.
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4/29/2010
NEP Cellcorp ETC Designation Order: In this order, WCB grants the request of NEP Cellcorp, Inc. to amend its ETC designation in Pennsylvania to include the rural study area of North-Eastern Pennsylvania Telephone Company.
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4/27/2010
US Cellular Tennessee ETC Amendment Order: In this order, WCB grants the request of United States Cellular Corporation to amend its ETC designation in the state of Tennessee.
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4/21/2010
FCC Kicks Off Universal Service Reform. This proposed notice of inquiry (NOI) and notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) represents the first step towards establishing the detailed analytic basis for a Universal Service Fund that will efficiently target funding to support broadband as well as voice service, while cutting inefficient funding of voice networks in the legacy high-cost support program. The NOI seeks comment on whether the Commission should use a model to assist in determining universal service support levels in areas where there is no private sector business case to provide broadband and voice services. The NOI also seeks comment on the best way to create an accelerated process to target funding toward new deployment of broadband networks in unserved areas, while the Commission considers final rules to implement fully a new broadband funding mechanism that efficiently ensures universal access to broadband and voice in areas where government support is necessary. Finally, the NPRM seeks comment on specific common-sense reforms to contain growth in the legacy high-cost support mechanisms and identify savings that can be shifted toward broadband communications.
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Genachowski Statement: Word | Acrobat
Copps Statement: Word | Acrobat
McDowell Statement: Word | Acrobat
Clyburn Statement: Word | Acrobat
Baker Statement: Word | Acrobat

4/16/2010
Non-Rural Insular Order and NPRM: In the Order, the Commission addresses high-cost universal service support for non-rural carriers serving insular areas. In the NPRM, the Commission seeks comment on amending its rules to provide additional low-income support in Puerto Rico.
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4/16/2010
Qwest II Remand Order and MO&O: In the Order on Remand, the Commission responds to the Tenth Circuit on high-cost universal service support for non-rural carriers. In the Memorandum Opinion and Order, the Commission determines that supplemental high-cost support is required under the current non-rural high-cost support mechanism to achieve reasonably comparable rates in Wyoming.
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4/16/2010
Allied Wireless Communications Corporation ETC Public Notice: On April 13, 2010, Allied Wireless Communications Corporation filed a petition seeking designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier in North Carolina pursuant to section 214(e)(6) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.
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3/18/2010
Local Switching Support Report & Order & Memorandum Opinion & Order: In this order, the Commission addresses an inequitable asymmetry in the Commission’s current rules governing the receipt of universal service high-cost local switching support (LSS) by small incumbent local exchange carriers (LECs). By modifying the Commission’s rules to permit incumbent LECs that lose lines to receive additional LSS when they cross a threshold, the order provides LSS to all small LECs on the same basis. Nothing in the order is intended to address the long-term role of LSS in the Commission’s high-cost universal service policies, which the Commission is considering as part of comprehensive universal service reform.
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2/24/2010
Standing Rock Petition for Redefinition PN: The Wireline Competition Bureau provides notice that it is initiating a proceeding to consider a petition filed by Standing Rock Telecommunications, Inc., pursuant to section 54.207 of the Commission’s rules, to redefine the service area served by several rural telephone companies in North and South Dakota.
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2/24/2010
Verizon-Frontier Study Area Waiver PN: Verizon California and Frontier seek a waiver of the study area boundary freeze to transfer seven exchanges from Verizon California’s existing California study area to a newly created Frontier study area in California. Verizon South and Frontier also seek a waiver of the study area boundary freeze to transfer all exchanges, with the exception of the Knotts Islands exchange, from Verizon South’s existing North Carolina study area to a newly created Frontier study area in North Carolina. The study area waiver requests are in connection with the transaction in which Verizon proposes to transfer operating companies in a number of states to Frontier. The attached public notice seeks comment on the requested study area waiver.
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1/29/2010
Bayland Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Bayland Communications, LLC seeking waiver of a filing deadline required by section 54.904(d) of the Commission’s rules for receipt of universal service high-cost support funds.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

1/22/2010
Western New Mexico Telephone Company, Inc. High Cost Order: In this order, the Wireline Competition Bureau grants thirteen requests for waiver of high-cost universal service support filing deadlines, filed by: Western New Mexico Telephone Company, Inc.; Yukon Telephone Company, Inc.; Northern New England Telephone Operations LLC and Telephone Operating Company of Vermont LLC; Ballard Rural Telephone Cooperative Corporation, Inc.; PRWireless, Inc.; CommuniGroup of Jackson, Inc.; Hopi Telecommunications, Inc.; Midstate Telecom, Inc.; T-Mobile USA, Inc.; WorldNet Telecommunications, Inc.; QSI Consulting, Inc., on behalf of Midcontinent Communications; and General Communications, Inc.
Order: Word | PDF | text

1/12/2010
Thumb Cellular Order: TAPD dismisses as moot Thumb Cellular’s motion for ruling on an appeal of USAC’s denial of USF funding because the Bureau already granted the underlying appeal.
Order: Word | PDF | text

1/12/2010
Direct Allband Waiver Order: In this order, we deny requests from Direct Communications Cedar Valley, LLC (Direct) and Allband Communications Cooperative (Allband) for waivers of sections 36.611 and 36.612 of the Commission’s rules. Direct requests a waiver of sections 36.611 and 36.612 to allow it to receive universal service high-cost loop support payments as of February 1, 2006, the date that Direct closed its purchase of the Eagle Mountain City municipal telephone system (EMC). Allband requests a waiver of sections 36.611 and 36.612 to allow it to receive support retroactively to the month that its first customer is provided service.
Order: Word | PDF | text

1/12/2010
Smith Bagley Interim Cap Waiver: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Smith Bagley, Inc. (SBI) seeking a waiver of the interim cap that the Commission imposed on the amount of universal service high-cost support that competitive eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) may receive. Specifically, SBI requests a waiver to enable SBI and other competitive ETCs to obtain uncapped high-cost support to provide or expand telecommunications services to residents of the Eastern Navajo Agency of the Navajo Nation in the state of New Mexico.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

1/12/2010
Partner Forbearance Petition, and Protective Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Partner Communications Cooperative (Partner) seeking forbearance from section 54.305(b) and (d) of the Commission’s rules. Specifically, Partner requests that the Commission forbear from enforcing section 54.305(b) and (d) of the Commission’s rules so that Partner may receive additional universal service high-cost support and local switching support for four exchanges it acquired in 2006. Partner states that grant of its petition will allow Partner to upgrade its telephone network and provide the platform for eventual ubiquitous broadband coverage in the four acquired high-cost exchanges, as well as in its two original exchanges. Please note: Partner seeks confidential treatment of certain data provided in its filing, and a protective order is also attached.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text
Order: Word | PDF | text

1/12/2010
Pine Belt High-Cost Waiver: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request by Pine Belt Telephone Company, Inc. that the Commission: (1) direct NECA to re-open the 24-month window that NECA established for its members to adjust cost studies submitted to NECA, so that Pine Belt may adjust its 2005 cost study; and (2) require that NECA reimburse Pine Belt for any amounts that may become due to Pine Belt as a result of Pine Belt’s desired adjustments. Comments are due on February 11, 2010. Reply comments are due on February 26, 2010.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

1/12/2010
CTC High-Cost Waivers Petition: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request by CTC Telecom, Inc. (d/b/a Snake River PCS) for waiver of the sixty-day filing deadline set forth in section 54.314(d) of the Commission’s rules for high-cost support.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

1/4/2010
Qwest II – Tenth Circuit Remand: On December 15, 2009, the Commission released a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding high-cost universal service support for non-rural carriers, in response to the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Qwest Communications International, Inc. v. FCC. The Commission set the comment and reply comment deadlines for this Further Notice as 30 and 45 days, respectively, after publication of the summary of the Further Notice in the Federal Register. On December 29, 2009, a summary of the Further Notice appeared in the Federal Register. Accordingly, comments will be due on January 28, 2010, and reply comments will be due on February 12, 2010.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

2009

12/30/09
2010 Average Schedule Order: Each year, NECA and USAC submit to WCB for approval proposed modifications of formulas that determine universal service high-cost loop and local switching support, respectively, for average schedule companies. The formulas are based on statistical analysis of sample companies. In the attached order, WCB approves the formulas.
Order: Word | PDF | text

12/22/09
Wellman/Iowa Telecom Study Area Waiver: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a joint petition for waiver of the study area boundary freeze filed by Iowa Telecommunications Services, Inc. (Iowa Telecom) and Wellman Cooperative Telephone Association (Wellman). Iowa Telecom and Wellman seek a waiver of the study area boundary freeze to transfer a small area from Iowa Telecom’s existing Iowa study area to Wellman’s existing Iowa study area. Wellman also requests a waiver of section 54.305 of the Commission’s rules so that it may receive universal service support for the acquired line in the same manner as its existing lines, and Wellman seeks a waiver of the average schedule company definition so that it may continue to operate as an average schedule company after the transfer.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

12/22/09
Georgia PSC High-Cost Waiver: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request by the Georgia Public Service Commission for waiver of the October 1, 2009 certification deadline for high-cost funds.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

12/15/09
Qwest II- Tenth Circuit Remand Order: The Commission released a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in response to the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (Tenth Circuit) in Qwest II, in which the court remanded the Commission’s rules for providing high-cost universal service support to non-rural carriers. Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Word | PDF | text

11/12/09
Local Switching Support: On October 7, 2009, the Commission released the following Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the effect of line loss on high-cost universal service support received pursuant to the Local Switching Support mechanism: High-Cost Universal Service Support, WC Docket No. 05-337, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, FCC 09-89 (rel. Oct. 7, 2009) (Local Switching Support One-Way Rule NPRM) The Commission set the comment and reply comment deadlines for this Notice as 14 and 21 days, respectively, after publication of the summary of the Notice in the Federal Register. On November 10, 2009, a summary of the Notice appeared in the Federal Register. Accordingly, comments will be due on November 24, 2009, and reply comments will be due on December 1, 2009.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

10/9/09
Local Switching Support Order and NPRM: In this order and NPRM the Commission denies the Coalition for Equity in Switching Support’s petition seeking clarification that the Commission’s rules allow an incumbent LEC ETC’s local switching support (LSS) to increase if the carrier’s access lines decrease below those thresholds. In the NPRM the Commission tentatively concludes that the LSS rules should be modified to permit incumbent LEC ETCs that lose lines to increase their LSS and seeks comment on these proposed rule changes.
Order and NPRM: Word | PDF | text

10/02/09
Centennial PRTC ICLS: In this order, the Bureau denies the request of Centennial Communications Corp. for reversal of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to recover universal service interstate common line support (ICLS) from Centennial. As a result of USAC's retroactive downward adjustment to Puerto Rico Telephone Company's (PRTC) ICLS for 2004 and 2005, USAC retroactively reduced Centennial's ICLS for the same period due to the identical support rule contained in section 54.307(a)(1) of the Commission rules. PRTC is the incumbent local exchange carrier in Puerto Rico. Centennial claims that USAC's decision to recover a portion of Centennial's ICLS was inappropriate because it was based on PRTC's late-filed data. The Bureau finds that USAC acted properly and within its authority to adjust Centennial’s ICLS payments pursuant to the requirements in section 54.307(a)(1) of the Commission’s rules. Order: Word | PDF | text

8/10/09
Panora Communications Cooperative and Prairie Telephone Co., Inc. Study Area Waiver Petition: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a joint petition filed by Panora Communications Cooperative (Panora) and Prairie Telephone Co., Inc. (Prairie) for waiver of the Commission's study area boundary freeze. Specifically, Panora and Prairie seek a waiver to remove 35 access lines from Prairie’s Iowa study area and include those access lines in Panora’s Iowa study area. Comments are due September 9, 2009, and reply comments are due September 24, 2009. Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

8/10/09
General Communications, Inc. High-Cost Waiver: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request by General Communications, Inc. for waiver of the December 30, 2008 and March 30, 2009 line count filing deadlines for high-cost support. Comments are due September 9, 2009, and reply comments are due September 24, 2009. Public Notice: Word | PDF | text


7/21/09
Advantage Cellular Systems, Inc.: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request filed by Advantage Cellular Systems, Inc., a competitive eligible telecommunications carrier, seeking to receive universal service high-cost support based on the own-costs exception in the Commission's Interim Cap Order. The Bureau also issued a protective order for any parties that want to review Advantage Cellular's cost information, for which it seeks confidential treatment. Comments on the request are due August 20, 2009, and reply comments are due September 4, 2009. Public Notice: Word | PDF | text Protective Order: Word | PDF | text

6/10/09
Centennial Communications Corp.: The Wireline Competition Bureau denies a request filed by Centennial Communications Corp. for waivers of the September 30, 2005, June 30, 2006, and June 30, 2007, filing deadlines for universal service Interstate Access Support (IAS) set forth in section 54.802(a) of the Commission's rules. Centennial argues that it was confused by the language in its Louisiana ETC designation order, which was granted in March 2004, and therefore did not file IAS annual certifications or line counts until February 2008. Centennial seeks a waiver to permit it to receive IAS funds for the first and second quarters of 2008, and a further waiver to permit it to receive retroactive payments beginning October 1, 2005 through the end of 2007. The order provides that even though we deny Centennial’s request for waiver, the amount of IAS that Centennial would have been able to receive in March 2008 if it had not missed the filing deadlines will be included in the capped level of support available to competitive ETCs in Louisiana pursuant to the Commission’s Interim Cap Order.
Order: Word | PDF | text

6/8/09
Virginia Cellular ETC Relinquishment Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau accepts the relinquishment of the eligible telecommunications carrier designation of Virginia Cellular, LLC in the Williamsville wire center in the study area of MGW Telephone Company in Virginia.
Order: Word | PDF | Text

6/5/09
Accipiter/Qwest Joint Petition for Study Area Waiver: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a joint petition filed by Accipiter and Qwest for a study area waiver in Arizona. On April 30, 2009, Accipiter Communication, Inc. d/b/a Zona Communications (Accipiter) and Qwest Corporation (Qwest) filed a joint petition for waiver of the study area boundary freeze as codified in the Appendix-Glossary of Part 36 of the Commission’s rules. The requested waiver would permit Accipiter and Qwest to exchange territories and add those exchanged territories to their existing study areas in Arizona. Comments are due July 6, 2009 and reply comments are due July 20, 2009.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

6/5/09
WorldNet Telecommunications, Inc. Request for Waiver: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request by WorldNet Telecommunications, Inc., a CETC in Puerto Rico, for waiver of the December 30, 2008 line count filing deadline for Interstate Common Line Support (ICLS). Comments are due July 6, 2009 and reply comments are due July 20, 2009.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

6/5/09
Long Lines and OTZ High-Cost Waiver Requests: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on: (i) a request by Long Lines Wireless, LLC for waiver of the September 30, 2008 line count filing deadlines for High-Cost Model Support and Interstate Access Support (IAS); and (ii) a request by OTZ Telecommunications, Inc. for waiver of the December 30, 2008 and March 30, 2009 line count filing deadlines for high cost support. Comments are due July 6, 2009 and reply comments are due July 20, 2009.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

5/6/09
DTS NECA and Universal Service Support Waiver Petition: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by DTS of California seeking a waiver to allow DTS to become a member of the National Exchange Carrier Association and to immediately receive universal service high-cost loop support initially based on its forecasted costs rather than its historical costs. Comments are due June 5, 2009 and reply comments are due June 22, 2009.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

5/4/09
Wireline Competition Bureau Announces Posting of Cost Model: The Wireline Competition Bureau announces that the publicly-available version of the High-Cost Proxy Model on the FCC's website has been updated to work with the Commission's current computer operating systems (Microsoft Windows XP Operating System, Service Pack 2 or greater, and Microsoft Office Suite 2003, Service Pack 3 or greater).
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

4/21/09
Centennial USVI High-Cost Waiver Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau acts on a request from Centennial USVI Operations Corp. for a waiver of high-cost universal service support filing deadlines.
Order: Word | PDF | text

4/21/09
Northeast Iowa High-Cost Waiver Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau grants a request by ICORE, Inc. on behalf of Northeast Iowa Telephone Company for a waiver of the data submission reporting deadline for local switching universal service support.
Order: Word | PDF | text

4/21/09
Xfone High-Cost Waiver Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau grants in part and denies in part a request filed by Xfone USA, Inc. for waivers of high-cost universal service support filing deadlines.
Order: Word | PDF | text

4/21/09
LBH et al. High-Cost Waiver Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau denies three requests, filed by LBH, LLC; Knology of the Black Hills, LLC; and USCOC of Cumberland Inc. Hardy Cellular Telephone Company for waivers of high-cost universal service support filing deadlines.
Order: Word | PDF | text

4/21/09
Grande Communications Networks et al High-Cost Waiver Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau acts on nine requests for waivers of various high-cost universal service support filing deadlines filed by Grande Communications Networks, Inc.; Hardy Telecommunications, Inc.; iBroadband Network, Inc.; IT&E Overseas, Inc.; Micronesian Telecommunications Company; Pattersonville Telephone Company; PTI Pacifica, Inc.; Texas RSA 8 South Limited Partnership dba Westex Wireless; and Thumb Cellular, LLC.
Order: Word | PDF | text

4/9/09
Corr Wireless Request for Review: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on Corr Wireless Communication's (Corr) request for review of a decision by the Universal Service Administrative Corporation (USAC). Corr challenges USAC’s failure to include universal service high-cost support funds disclaimed by ALLTEL and Verizon in connection with their merger last year in the pool of funds available for distribution under the competitive eligible telecommunications carrier interim cap on high-cost universal service support. Comments are due May 11, 2009 and reply comments are due May 26, 2009.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

4/9/09
Twin Valley Telephone, Inc.: The Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) grants Twin Valley's request to withdraw its application for review of the Bureau's prior decision to deny Twin Valley's petition for clarification or expedited waiver of section 54.305 of the Commission's rules.
Order: Word | PDF | text

4/8/09
High Cost Non-Rural Support Notice of Inquiry: The Commission seeks to refresh the record regarding the issues raised by the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (Tenth Circuit) in the Qwest II decision. In that decision the Tenth Circuit invalidated the Commission’s high-cost universal service support mechanism for non-rural carriers, which determines the amount of support to be provided to each state by comparing the statewide average forward-looking cost per line for non-rural carriers to a nationwide cost benchmark. Comments are due by May 8, 2009 and reply comments are due by June 8, 2009.
Notice of Inquiry: Word | PDF | text

4/3/09
Cellular Properties, Inc.: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Cellular Properties, Inc., pursuant to section 54.207 of the Commission’s rules, requesting the Commission’s agreement with the decision of the Illinois Commerce Commission to redefine the service area of Illinois Consolidated Telephone Company. Comments on the petition are due by May 4, 2009 and reply comments are due by May 19, 2009.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

4/3/09
Cellular Properties, Inc.: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Cellular Properties, Inc., pursuant to section 54.207 of the Commission’s rules, requesting the Commission’s agreement with the decision of the Illinois Commerce Commission to redefine the service area of Wabash Telephone Cooperative Inc. Comments on the petition are due by May 4, 2009 and reply comments are due by May 19, 2009.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

3/30/09
Minerva Valley Telephone Company: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request by Minerva Telephone Company, an ILEC in Iowa, for waiver of the June 30, 2008 annual certification filing deadline for Interstate Common Line Support (ICLS). This petition does not affect the amount of support available to competitive ETCs pursuant to the Interim Cap Order because it does not affect support received in March 2008. Comments are due by April 29, 2009 and reply comments are due by May 14, 2009.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

3/19/09
Coalition for Equity in Switching Support: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Coalition for clarification of sections 36.125 and 54.301 of the Commission's rules. Comments are due by April 20, 2009 and reply comments are due by May 5, 2009.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

3/19/09
Midstate Telecom, Inc.: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Midstate Telecom, Inc. seeking waiver of filing deadlines associated with the receipt of universal service funds, pursuant to sections 54.307(c) and 54.802(a) of the Commission's rules. Comments are due by April 20, 2009 and reply comments are due by May 5, 2009.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

3/19/09
Hargray Telephone Company High-Cost Waivers: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request by Hargray Telephone Company, a South Carolina ILEC, for waiver of the October 1, 2006 and October 1, 2007 projected-data filing deadlines for local switching support (LSS). Comments are due by April 20, 2009 and reply comments are due by May 5, 2009.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

3/19/09
General Communication, Inc. Declaratory Ruling Regarding CETC Wireless Lines: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request by GCI for a declaratory ruling finding that its wireless subsidiaries in Alaska: (i) are correctly reporting prepaid wireless lines based on a local address or point of sale address; and (ii) are correctly reporting wireless business lines based on the address to which a service invoice is sent rather than a separate or third-party address from where payments are processed. Comments are due by April 20, 2009 and reply comments are due by May 5, 2009.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

3/19/09
T-Mobile USA, Inc.: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request by T-Mobile for a waiver of the December 30, 2008 line count filing deadline to allow it to receive universal service high-cost support. This petition does not affect the amount of support available to competitive ETCs pursuant to the Interim Cap Order because it does not affect support received in March 2008. Comments are due by April 20, 2009 and reply comments are due by May 5, 2009.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

3/19/09
Centennial Communications Corp. Interim Cap Data Deadline Waiver: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Centennial and its subsidiaries seeking a waiver of the December 31, 2008 deadline for submitting to Universal Service Administrative Company changes to the March 2008 data on which interim universal service high-cost capped support is based. Comments are due by April 20, 2009 and reply comments are due by May 5, 2009.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

3/19/09
Eagle Telephone System, Inc. and Midvale Telephone Exchange, Incorporated Study Area Waiver: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a joint petition for waiver of the study area boundary freeze filed by Eagle and Midvale. Eagle and Midvale seek a waiver of the study area boundary freeze to remove territory from Midvale's Idaho study area and recognize such territory as part of Eagle's Oregon study area. Comments are due by April 20, 2009 and reply comments are due by May 5, 2009.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

3/13/09
Leaco Rural Telephone Cooperative Redefinition: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Leaco Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc., pursuant to section 54.207 of the Commission’s rules, requesting the Commission’s agreement with the decision of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission to redefine the service areas of certain rural local exchange carriers. Comments are due by April 13, 2009 and reply comments are due by April 28, 2009.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

3/5/09
Competitive ETC Interim Cap Alaska Native Regions/Tribal Lands Exception Waiver Order: The Commission waives on its own motion the limitation on the availability of uncapped high-cost universal service support for competitive eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) serving tribal lands or Alaska Native regions (Covered Locations). Specifically, for the period in which the interim cap is in effect, the Commission waives the restriction in paragraph 33 of the Interim Cap Order limiting the availability of uncapped per line support to competitive ETCs serving Covered Locations "to one payment per each residential account."
Order: Word | PDF | text

2/27/09
U.S. Virgin Islands Telephone Corp. High-Cost Abeyance Request: This letter directs USAC to hold in abeyance until May 31, 2009, any adjustments in universal service fund high-cost loop support for the Virgin Islands Telephone Corporation.
Letter: Word | PDF | text

2008

 

12/29/08
South Dakota Commission Service Area Redefinition Proceeding Public Notice: Pursuant to section 54.207 of the Commission's rules, the Wireline Competition Bureau provides notice that it is initiating a proceeding to consider a redefinition of service area petition filed by the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. Comments on the proceeding are due January 28, 2009 and reply comments are due February 12, 2009.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

12/15/08
Alltel Communications, Inc., et al.: The Wireline Competition Bureau amends certain ETC designations granted in the Interim Cap Order. The Bureau amends the ETC designation of New York RSA 2 Cellular Partnership, limiting the designation to the 13 wire centers requested; grants designation to St. Lawrence Seaway Cellular Partnership in 9 wire centers in the study area of Citizens Telecommunications of New York d/b/a Frontier Communications; and accepts the relinquishment of the designation of Dobson Cellular Systems Inc. and American Cellular Corp. in the state of New York.
Order: Word | PDF | text

12/10/08
2009 Modification of Average Schedule Universal Service Support Formulas: Each year, the Commission must review and approve or modify any proposed modifications to the formulas used to calculate universal service high-cost loop support and local switching support for average schedule companies. The high-cost loop and local switching support formulas are proposed by NECA and USAC, respectively. 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. The formulas proposed for 2009 are consistent with the methods we have approved in previous years.
Order: Word | PDF | text

12/10/08
Competitive ETC March 2008 Capped High-Cost Support: The Wireline Competition Bureau provides notice that competitive ETCs should confirm their March 2008 universal service high-cost support amount information with USAC and file any corrections on or before December 31, 2008. To provide certainty regarding the amount of high-cost support available to competitive ETCs under the cap in each state, after December 31, 2008, USAC will not accept changes from competitive ETCs regarding the data on which their March 2008 high-cost support is based, absent grant of a waiver of this deadline by the Commission.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

12/08/08
Virgin Islands Telephone Corporation: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by the Virgin Islands Telephone Corporation (Vitelco) on November 21, 2008, seeking waiver of sections 32.2000(g)(2)(ii) and 36.621 of the Commission’s rules to address these rules’ effect on Vitelco’s receipt of universal service high-cost loop support. Comments on the petition are due January 7, 2009, and reply comments are due January 22, 2009.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

12/04/08
Worldcall Interconnect, Inc.: WCB seeks comment on an ETC designation petition filed by Worldcall Interconnect, Inc. for two counties in New York. Comments are due January 5, 2009, and reply comments are due January 21, 2009.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

12/04/08
Open Mobile: WCB seeks comment on a request by PRWireless, Inc. (d/b/a Open Mobile) for waiver of the March 30, 2008 line count filing deadline for ICLS. PRWireless is an ETC in Puerto Rico. Comments are due January 5, 2009, and reply comments are due January 21, 2009.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

12/04/08
Filing Deadline Waiver Requests: WCB seeks comment on: (i) a request by FiberNet LLC for waiver of the June 30, 2008 line count filing deadline for IAS; and (ii) a request by CommuniGroup of Jackson, Inc. for waiver of the of the September 30, 2008 line count filing deadline for IAS, HCLS and HCMS. Comments are due January 5, 2009, and reply comments are due January 21, 2009.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

12/03/08
Virgin Mobile USA, L.P. Withdrawal: The Wireline Competition Bureau grants Virgin Mobile's request to withdraw its petition for designation as an ETC in Massachusetts.
Order: Word | PDF | text

12/03/08
Hopi Telecommunications, Inc.: WCB seeks comment on (i) a request by Hopi Telecommunications, Inc. for waiver of the October 1, 2008 annual certification for ICLS; and (ii) a request by Etex Telephone Cooperative for waiver of the October 1, 2008 projected-data filing deadline for LSS.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | text

11/28/08
U.S. Virgin Islands Telephone Corp. High-Cost Abeyance Request: This letter directs USAC to hold in abeyance until February 28, 2009, any adjustments in universal service fund high-cost loop support for the Virgin Islands Telephone Corporation.
Letter: Word | PDF | Text

11/6/08
Commission Responds to D.C. Circuit Mandamus and Joint Board Recommended Decision and Seeks Further Comment on Comprehensive Reform: The Commission addresses compensation rates for ISP-bound traffic, declines to adopt the Joint Board's recommendations for reforming distribution of high-cost universal service support, and seeks further comment on comprehensive universal service and intercarrier compensation reform. Comments will be due 14 days after publication in the Federal Register, and reply comments will be due 21 days after Federal Register publication.
Order: Word | PDF
Martin Statement: Word | PDF
Copps, Adelstein, Tate and McDowell Joint Statement: Word | PDF

10/22/08
HTC Services, Inc.
Wireline Competition Bureau denies a petition by HTC for a waiver of the filing deadlines in section 54.802(a) of the Commission rules.
Order: Word | PDF

10/22/08
Wireline Competition Bureau Addresses Universal Service Fund Waiver Requests
Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) grants six separate requests, filed by Advanced Communications Technology, Inc. (ACT); Allo Communications (Allo); Aventure Communication Technology, LLC (Aventure); CC Cellular; PrairieWave Black Hills, LLC (PrairieWave); and Texas RSA 1 Limited Partnership dba XIT Wireless (XIT), for waivers of various high-cost universal service support filing deadlines set forth in sections 54.307 and 54.802 of the Commission’s rules.
Order: Word | PDF

10/6/08
National Exchange Carrier Association, Inc., (NECA) and Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC)
Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on NECA's and USAC's proposed modifications to universal service high-cost loop and local switching support formulas, respectively, for average schedule companies. Pursuant to Commission rules, each year NECA and USAC submit modifications to these formulas. The proposed formulas, if approved, will be effective January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009. Comments are due November 5, 2008 and reply comments are due November 20, 2008.
Public Notice: Word | PDF

9/17/08
Ballard Rural Telephone Cooperative Corporation, Inc. and HTC Communications, LLC: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on two petitions for waiver of universal service high-cost filing deadlines submitted by Ballard Rural Telephone Cooperative Corporation, Inc. and HTC Communications, LLC of the Commission's rules. Comments are due October 17, 2008, and reply comments are due November 3, 2008.

Public Notice: Word | PDF

8/27/08
Sacred Wind Communications, Inc. And Qwest Corporation: In this order, WCB grants Sacred Wind's request to extend the timing of our previously granted waiver of sections 36.611 and 36.612, permitting Sacred Wind to receive immediate high-cost loop support based on projected costs, subject to true-up, to the end of 2008. Sacred Wind requests this extension because approval of the transaction by the New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission was delayed until December 15, 2006, which resulted in only 15 days of network costs during calendar year 2006 (actual costs for 2006 are the basis for 2008 high-cost support payments).

Order: Word | PDF

8/25/08
WCB Grants WeavTel Petition for Waiver of USF Filing Deadline
In this order, the Wireline Competition Bureau grants Westgate Communications LLC d/b/a WeavTel waiver of a filing deadline required by section 54.903(a) of the Commission's rules to allow WeavTel to receive universal service high-cost support.
Order: Word | PDF

8/22/08
WCB Seeks Agreement with Study Area Redefinitions: In its May 1, 2008 Interim Cap Order, the Commission redefined the service areas of several rural telephone companies in New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia. Pursuant to section 54.207(d) of the Commission's rules, the Wireline Competition Bureau sent the order to the respective state commissions seeking their agreement with the redefinitions.
New York letter: PDF | Text
North Carolina letter: PDF | Text
Pennsylvania letter: PDF | Text
Tennessee letter: PDF | Text
Virginia letter: PDF | Text

8/20/08
High-Cost Support Filing Waiver Petitions
The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on petitions for waiver of filing deadlines submitted by H&B Cable Service, Inc.; Flat Rock Telephone Co-op, Inc.; Western New Mexico Telephone Company, Inc.; Yukon Telephone Company, Inc.; Windstream Communications, Inc.; and Northern New England Telephone Operation LLC and Telephone Operating Company of Vermont LLC (FairPoint Communications). Comments on the petitions are due September 19, 2008, and reply comments are due October 6, 2008.
Public Notice: Word | PDF

8/12/08
United States Cellular Corporation
The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by United States Cellular Corporation to amend its eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) designation in Tennessee. Comments are due September 11, 2008 and reply comments are due September 26, 2008.
Public Notice: Word | PDF

8/7/08
Virgin Mobile USA, L.P.
The Wireline Competition Bureau grants the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable's motion for a 21-day extension of the deadlines for filing comments and reply comments in response to Virgin Mobile's petition seeking limited eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) designation in Massachusetts. Comments are due August 21, 2008 and reply comments are due September 5, 2008.
Public Notice: Word | PDF

8/1/08
Mid-Com Request for Review Public Notice: Mid-Communications, Inc. (Mid-Com) requests review of a decision by USAC to adjust Mid-Com's local switching support retroactively for calendar year 2006. Comments on the request are due September 2, 2008, and reply comments are due September 17, 2008.
Public Notice: Word | PDF | Text

7/31/08
SADDLEBACK et al. ANNUAL ETC REPORT FILING WAIVER ORDER
In this order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) grants petitions for waiver filed by Saddleback Communications (Saddleback), Pine Belt Cellular, Inc. (Pine Belt), and IT&E Overseas, Inc, (IT&E) seeking waiver of the annual eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) filing deadlines set forth in section 54.209(b) of the Commission’s rules for 2006 and 2007. The Bureau also grants a petition for waiver filed by Gila River Telecommunications, Inc. (Gila River) seeking waiver of the annual ETC filing deadline for 2006. Finally, the Bureau grants Gila River’s petition for waiver of the 2007 annual ETC filing deadline, but denies Gila River's request for a prospective waiver of section 54.209 for all future annual ETC filings.
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7/28/08
NEP Cellcorp ETC Public Notice: NEP Cellcorp, Inc. (NEP) asks the Commission to amend its decision to deny NEP’s request for eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) designation in the rural study area of North-Eastern Pennsylvania Telephone Company. Comments are due August 27, 2008 and reply comments are due September 11, 2008.
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7/1/08
Virgin Mobile Massachusetts ETC Petition Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Virgin Mobile USA, L.P. (Virgin Mobile) for a limited designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier in Massachusetts. Virgin Mobile is seeking eligibility for Lifeline universal service support only. Comments on the petition are due July 31, 2008 and reply comments are due August 15, 2008.
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6/17/08
Public Notice: Northwest Iowa Telephone Company: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Northwest Iowa Telephone Company for waiver of a filing deadline required by section 54.301(e)(1) of the Commission's rules for receipt of universal service support. Comments on the petition are due July 17, 2008 and reply comments are due August 1, 2008.
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6/10/08
Order: Competitive ETC Interim Cap Erratum: The Telecommunications Access Policy Division released an erratum correcting a May 1, 2008 order, which capped high-cost universal service support to competitive eligible telecommunications carriers.
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6/6/08
Public Notice: Palmerton/Northeastern Pennsylvania Telephone Company Waiver Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Palmerton Telephone Company and Northeastern Pennsylvania Telephone Company for waiver of a filing deadline required by section 54.301(e)(1) of the Commission’s rules for receipt of universal service funds. Comments are due July 7, 2008, and reply comments are due July 22, 2008.
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5/22/08
Public Notice: The Bureau seeks comment on two petitions filed by Virgin Mobile USA, L.P., seeking eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) designation in North Carolina and Tennessee. Virgin Mobile is seeking limited eligibility for Lifeline universal service support only. Comments are due June 23, 2008, and reply comments are due July 8, 2008.
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5/16/08
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Sacred Wind Communications, Inc. (Sacred Wind) to extend its previously received waiver of sections 36.611 and 36.612 of the Commission's rules. The Commission previously granted Sacred Wind a waiver of these rule sections to allow it to immediately receive universal service high-cost loop support. Comments are due June 16, 2008, and reply comments are due July 1, 2008.
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5/16/08
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a joint petition for waiver filed by Dubois Telephone Exchange, Inc. (Dubois) and Qwest Corporation (Qwest). Dubois and Qwest seek a waiver of the study area boundary freeze to transfer an unserved portion of Qwest's Wyoming study area to Dubois's Wyoming study area. Comments are due June 16, 2008, and reply comments are due July 1, 2008.
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5/16/08
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a request filed by ETS Telephone Company, Inc. (ETS), f/k/a Kingsgate Telephone, Inc., regarding potential retroactive application of the Commission's 2004 Skyline Order to ETS's Texas study area. ETS requests confirmation that the Skyline Order does not have retroactive effect on its study area. Comments are due June 16, 2008, and reply comments are due July 1, 2008.
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5/16/08
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on two petitions for waiver of filing deadlines associated with receipt of universal service high-cost support filed by iBroadband Networks, Inc. d/b/a Cedar Valley Communications and HTC Services Inc. Comments are due June 16, 2008, and reply comments are due July 1, 2008.
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5/16/08
Order: In this Order, WCB extends the deadline for filing reply comments in response to the three High-Cost NPRMs from May 19, 2008, to June 2, 2008.
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5/2/08
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by the Kansas Corporation Commission for a declaratory ruling affirming the lawfulness of its procedure for certifying carriers’ receipt of federal universal service support. The Kansas Corporation Commission filed its petition in response to a primary jurisdiction referral by the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. Comments on the petition are due by June 2, 2008 and reply comments are due by June 17, 2008.
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5/1/08
Order: FCC Takes Action to Cap High Cost Support Under the Universal Service Fund.

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Adelstein Statement: Word | Acrobat
Tate Statement: Word | Acrobat
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4/21/08
Order: The Wire Competition Bureau granted three separate requests for waiver filed by the Illinois Commerce Commission, Farmers Mutual Telephone Company, and the Wyoming Public Service Commission, of the high-cost universal service support filing deadlines set forth in sections 54.313(d) and 54.314(d) of the Commission's rules.
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3/24/08
Order: Comment Deadlines for Three Universal Service High-Cost Support Notices of Proposed Rulemaking Extended by Two Weeks. Revised Filing Dates: Comments Due: April 17, 2008; Reply Comments Due: May 19, 2008
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3/4/08
Public Notice: Comment cycles were established for the Identical Support Rule NPRM, the Reverse Auctions NPRM, and the Joint Board Comprehensive Reform NPRM. Comments are due April 3, 2008, and reply comments are due May 5, 2008. Parties may consolidate their comments and reply comments for the three NPRMs.
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2/8/08
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on petitions filed by Saddleback Communications and Gila River Telecommunications, Inc., seeking waivers of the October 1, 2006, filing deadline associated with the receipt of universal service funds pursuant to section 54.209 of the Commission’s rules. Comments on the petitions are due February 25, 2008, and reply comments are due March 3, 2008.
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2/8/08
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Thumb Cellular, LLC (Thumb Cellular) seeking review and reversal of a decision of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) regarding the results of a 2007 Improper Payment Improvement Act (IPIA) audit of the high-cost support received by Thumb Cellular during the period October 1, 2004 through September 30, 2005. Comments are due March 10, 2008 and reply comments on or before March 24, 2008.
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01/29/08
Commission issues NPRM seeking comment on rules governing the amount of high-cost universal service support provided to competitive eligible telecommunications carriers.
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Copps Statement: Word | Acrobat
Adelstein Statement: Word | Acrobat
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01/29/08
Commission issues NPRM seeking comment on the merits of using reverse auctions to determine the amount of high-cost universal service support provided to eligible telecommunications carriers serving rural, insular, and high-cost areas.
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Copps Statement: Word | Acrobat
Adelstein Statement: Word | Acrobat
Tate Statement: Word | Acrobat
McDowell Statement: Word | Acrobat

1/29/08 Commission issues NPRM seeking comment on the recommendation of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service regarding comprehensive reform of high-cost universal service support.
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Copps Statement: Word | Acrobat
Adelstein Statement: Word | Acrobat
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1/29/08
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by USCOC of Greater Missouri, LLC d/b/a U.S. Cellular, pursuant to section 54.207 of the Commission’s rules, requesting the Commission’s agreement with the decision of the Missouri Public Service Commission to redefine the service areas of certain rural telephone companies.
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1/28/08
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by TracFone Wireless, Inc. seeking designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC), only for purposes of participating in the Lifeline program, in the District of Columbia. Comments are due February 27, 2008 and reply comments on or before March 13, 2008.
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1/18/08
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau extends the deadline for filing reply comments in response to Osirus Communications, Inc.'s petition seeking to become a member of the National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA), to participate in NECA tariffs and pools, and to begin immediately to receive universal service high-cost support. Reply comments are due February 1, 2008.
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1/18/08
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Hawaiian Telcom, Inc. (Hawaiian Telcom) on December 31, 2007, seeking waiver of the Commission’s rules regarding high-cost universal service support.
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1/18/08
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) provides notice that it is initiating a proceeding to consider a petition filed by United States Cellular Corporation (U.S. Cellular), pursuant to section 54.207 of the Commission’s rules.
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1/18/08
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) seeks comment on petitions filed by Texas RSA 1 Limited Partnership, d/b/a XIT Wireless, Hardy Telecommunications Inc. and Thumb Cellular, LLC, seeking waiver of filing deadlines associated with the receipt of universal service funds.
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1/8/08
Order: In this order, the Wireline Competition Bureau denies Cedar Valley Communications, Inc.'s request for a waiver of a line count filing deadline to allow Cedar Valley to receive universal service high-cost loop support after missing the filing deadline by more than five months.
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2007

12/26/07
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Allo Communications, seeking waiver of the September 28, 2007, filing deadline associated with the receipt of universal service support pursuant to section 54.802 of the Commission’s rules. Comments on the petition are due by January 25, 2008, and reply comments are due by February 11, 2008.
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12/26/07
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau released a Public Notice initiating a proceeding to consider USCOC of Greater Missouri, LLC d/b/a U.S. Cellular's petition for redefinition of certain rural telephone company study areas in the state of Missouri. Comments in the proceeding are due by January 25, 2008, and reply comments are due by February 11, 2008.
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12/20/07
Order: In this order, the Wireline Competition Bureau approves NECA's and USAC's proposed 2008 high-cost loop and local switching support formulas for providing universal service support to average schedule companies.
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12/13/07
Public Notice: Virgin Mobile: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on four petitions filed by Virgin Mobile USA, L.P. (Virgin Mobile). One petition requests that the Commission forbear from applying the requirement in section 214(e)(1)(A) of the Act that an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) offer services supported by the universal service fund using either its own facilities or a combination of its own facilities and resale of another carrier’s services. In the remaining three petitions, Virgin Mobile seeks designation as an ETC, only for purposes of participation in the Lifeline/Link Up program, in the state of New York and the commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Virginia. Comments are due January 14, 2008 and reply comments are due January 29, 2008.
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12/13/07
Public Notice: TracFone: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on two petitions filed by TracFone Wireless, Inc. seeking designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC), only for purposes of participating in the Lifeline program, in the states of Delaware and New Hampshire. Comments are due January 14, 2008 and reply comments are due January 29, 2008.
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12/12/07
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau released an order granting a request from Bristol Bay Cellular Partnership (Bristol Bay), a competitive eligible telecommunications carrier in Alaska, for a waiver of section 54.307(b) of the Commission’s rules. Specifically, due to the unique circumstances presented by Bristol Bay, the order waives the requirement that subscriber line count data submitted for purposes of obtaining universal service support be based on the subscriber’s billing address.
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12/4/07
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Osirus Communications, Inc., seeking waiver of Commission rules to allow it to join the National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA) and to receive immediate universal service support. Comments are due January 3, 2008 and reply comments are due January 18, 2008.
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11/29/07
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by CC Cellular, seeking waiver of the March 30, 2007, filing deadline associated with the receipt of universal service funds pursuant to sections 54.307(c)(4) of the Commission's rules. Interested parties may file comments on or before December 29, 2007 and reply comments on or before January 13, 2008.
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11/29/07
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Hargray Wireless, LLC, pursuant to section 54.207 of the Commission's rules, requesting the Commission's agreement with the decision of the South Carolina Public Service Commission to redefine the service area of United Telephone Company of the Carolinas d/b/a Embarq at the wire center level. Interested parties may file comments on or before December 29, 2007 and reply comments on or before January 13, 2008.
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11/26/07
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau released a Public Notice initiating a proceeding to consider Triangle Communication System, Inc.'s petition for redefinition of certain rural telephone company study areas in the state of Montana. Comments in the proceeding are due by December 26, 2007, and reply comments are due by January 10, 2008.
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11/20/07
Recommended Decision: Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service Issues Recommended Decision on High-Cost Reform.
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11/9/2007
Public Notice: Comment is sought on petitions filed by Saddleback Communications, Gila River Telecommunications, Inc., and Pine Belt Cellular, Inc. seeking waivers of the October 1, 2007, deadline for Commission-designated eligible telecommunications carriers to file annual reports pursuant to section 54.209 of the Commission’s rules. Comments are due by November 23, 2007 and reply comments are due by November 30, 2007. 11/9/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

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

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

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

10/5/2007
Public Notice: Comment is sought on the National Exchange Carrier Association, Inc.'s 2008 modification of average schedule universal service high-cost loop support formula, and on the Universal Service Administrative Company's 2008 average schedule company local switching support formula. Comments are due November 5, 2007 and reply comments are due November 20, 2007. 10/5/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

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

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

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

9/20/2007
Order: The Telecommunications Access Policy Division adopted a protective order to provide limited access to confidential information in Centennial USVI Operations Corp.'s petition for designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier in the U.S. Virgin Islands. 9/20/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

9/20/2007
Order: The Telecommunications Access Policy Division adopted a protective order to provide limited access to confidential information in Choice Communications LLC's petition for designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier in the U.S. Virgin Islands. 9/20/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

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

8/29/2007
Public Notice: Triangle Communication Redefinition: The Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) seeks comment on a petition filed by Triangle Communication System Inc. requesting the Commission’s agreement with the decision of the Montana Public Service Commission to redefine the service areas of certain rural telephone companies in Montana at the wire center level. Comments on the petition are due September 28, 2007 and reply comments are due October 15, 2007. 8/29/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

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

8/15/2007
Order: The Telecommunications Access Policy Division adopted a protective order to provide limited access to confidential information in Corr Wireless Communications LLC's petition for designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier in Alabama. Word | Acrobat| Text

8/15/2007
Order: The Telecommunications Access Policy Division adopted a protective order to provide limited access to confidential information in NEP Cellcorp, Inc.'s petition for designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier in Pennsylvania. Word | Acrobat| Text

8/15/2007
Order: The Telecommunications Access Policy Division adopted a protective order to provide limited access to confidential information in Cingular Wireless LLC's petition for designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier in Georgia. Word | Acrobat| Text

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

8/13/2007
Order: In this order, Telecommunications Access Policy Divisuion grants Sagebrush Cellular, Inc. (Sagebrush) a waiver of the certification filing deadline in section 54.904(d) of the Commission's rules to allow Sagebrush to receive Interstate Common Line Support from the date of its ETC designation. 8/8/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

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

8/6/2007
Order: The Commission denied a petition filed by Iowa Telecommunications Services, Inc. requesting that the Commission forbear from enforcing certain sections of the Commission’s rules to permit Iowa Telecom to be eligible for high-cost universal service support under the non-rural mechanism, rather than under the high-cost loop support mechanism for rural carriers. 8/6/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/14/2007
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: In this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Notice), we seek comment on the recommendation of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service (Joint Board) that the Commission take immediate action to rein in the explosive growth in high-cost universal service support disbursements. Specifically, we seek comment on the Joint Board’s recommendation that the Commission impose an interim, emergency cap on the amount of high-cost support that competitive eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) may receive. The Joint Board also recommended that both it and the Commission further explore comprehensive high-cost distribution reform, and sought comment on various reform proposals in a Public Notice released on the same day as the Recommended Decision. 5/14/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

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

4/6/2007
Order: In this order, pursuant to section 10(c) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the Act), the Wireline Competition Bureau extend by 90 days the date by which the petition requesting forbearance filed by Iowa Telecommunications Services, Inc. (Iowa Telecom) shall be deemed granted in the absence of a Commission decision that the petition fails to meet the standards for forbearance under section 10(a) of the Act. 4/6/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

4/3/2007
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau grant a joint request from SRT Communications, Inc. (SRT) and North Dakota Telephone Company (NDTC) (collectively, the Petitioners) for a waiver of the study area boundary freeze codified in the Appendix-Glossary of Part 36 of the Commission’s rules. This waiver will permit NDTC to remove the Velva exchange comprising approximately 720 lines from its North Dakota study area and will permit SRT to add that exchange to its existing North Dakota study area. We also grant SRT’s request for waiver of section 69.3(e)(11) of the Commission’s rules so that it can include the acquired exchange in the National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA) common line tariff. 4/3/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

3/29/2007
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) grant Cellular South's petition for waiver of sections 54.904(d) of the Commission's rules to enable Cellular South to receive Interstate Common Line Support as of its ETC designation date. Specifically, Cellular South seeks waiver of a filing deadline that occurred prior to its ETC designation date. We find that Cellular South has demonstrated good cause to grant this waiver. 3/29/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

3/26/2007
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) seeks comment on a petition filed by Missouri RSA No. 5 Partnership pursuant to section 54.207 of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. § 54.207 requesting the Commission’s agreement with the decision of the Missouri Public Service Commission (MPSC) to redefine the study areas of four rural telephone companies at the wire center level. 3/26/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

3/16/2007
Order: The National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA) files annually a proposed formula for calculating high-cost loop support for average schedule members of the common line pool. The Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) issued orders modifying each of NECA’s proposed formulas for the years 2000 through 2005. In turn, NECA filed Applications for Review (Applications) or Petitions for Reconsideration (Petitions) of each of the Bureau orders, requesting in each instance that the Commission or the Bureau adopt NECA’s preferred formula. 3/16/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

3/14/2007
Order: On May 19, 2005, GTA Wireless, LLC (GTA), filed a Petition for Designation as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (Petition) in the above-captioned proceeding. In its Petition, GTA sought designation as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier throughout the Territory of Guam, pursuant to section 214(e)(6) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. On October 3, 2006, Pulse Mobile, LLC, formerly GTA, submitted a request to withdraw the Petition. We grant the GTA request for withdrawal. 3/14/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

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

3/14/2007
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) grant in part and deny in part a petition by Corr Wireless Communications, LLC (Corr), an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC), for waiver of certain filing deadlines set forth in sections 54.313(d)(3) and 54.307(c) of the Commission’s rules. 3/14/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

3/13/2007
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau deny three separate requests for waiver filed by three eligible telecommunications carriers - NPI-Omnipoint Wireless, LLC, SouthEast Telephone, Inc., and SEI Data, Inc. - of certain filing deadlines required for receipt of high-cost universal support service as set forth in sections 54.307(c), 54.802(a), 54.809(c), and 54.903 of the Commission's rules. 3/13/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

3/12/2007
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau dismiss as moot the request of the Telecommunications Regulatory Board of Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico Board) for clarification or, in the alternative, waiver of section 54.311(b) of the Commission’s rules. 3/12/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

2/12/2007
Public Notice : In this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Dobson Cellular Systems Inc. and American Cellular Corporation pursuant to section 54.207 of the Commission’s rules, requesting the Commission’s agreement with the decision of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to redefine the service areas of certain rural telephone companies in Oklahoma at the wire center level. 2/12/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

2/8/2007
Order : In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau grant a petition filed by Smith Bagley, Inc. (SBI) seeking designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) on the Navajo Reservation (Reservation) in Utah pursuant to section 214(e)(6) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the Act). 2/8/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

2/8/2007
Order : In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau adopted a protective order granting limited access to Exhibit E of the Cingular petition for designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 2/8/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

2/5/2007
Order : In this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) extended the comment cycle for the Cingular ETC petition for designation in Georgia. Comments are due February 20 and replies due February 27. 2/5/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

1/31/2007
Order : In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau grant Hopi Telecommunications, Inc.’s (Hopi) request to be designated as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) on the Hopi Reservation and on a small portion of the Navajo Reservation in Arizona [1] pursuant to section 214(e)(6) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the Act). Hopi, a tribally-owned wireline carrier, seeks ETC designation in the study area where it purchased three local exchanges of CenturyTel of the Southwest (CenturyTel), a rural incumbent local exchange, to provide telecommunications services to areas, including underserved and unserved areas, on tribal lands. Applying the Commission’s two-step analysis for ETC designations for tribal lands, we first conclude that the Commission has jurisdiction to determine whether Hopi should be designated an eligible telecommunications carrier. We also conclude that Hopi has satisfied the statutory eligibility requirements of section 214(e)(1) to be designated an ETC on the Reservation in Arizona. 1/31/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

1/26/2007
Order : In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau grant Pine Cellular Phones, Inc.'s petition for waiver of 54.307 of the Commission’s rules. Pine Cellular, through its contractor, filed its data one day late. We find that Pine Cellular has demonstrated that there is good cause to grant its petition. 1/26/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

1/26/2007
Order : In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau grant MTA Communications Inc. d/b/a MTA Wireless’ (MTAW) petition for waiver of 54.314(d). MTAW was designated an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) prior to the 2005 amendment to 54.314 to allow newly designated ETCs to receive funding as of their designation date. We find that MTAW has demonstrated that there is good cause to grant its petition so it can receive funding as of its designation date. 1/26/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

1/26/2007
Order : In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau grant the Kansas Corporation Commission’s (Kansas Commission) petition for waiver of sections 54.313 and 54.314 of the Commission's rules. The Kansas Commission missed the deadline for filing the annual certification for a newly designated eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC). We find that the Kansas Commission has demonstrated that there is good cause to grant its petition and allow the ETC to receive support as of its designation date. 1/26/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

1/26/2007
Order : In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau grant AT&T Communications of NY and AT&T Communications of California’s (collectively, AT&T) petition for waiver of 54.802(a) of the Commission’s rules. AT&T filed its line count data four days after the September 29, 2006 deadline. We find that AT&T has demonstrated that there is good cause to grant its petition. 1/26/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

1/25/2007
Public Notice : In this Public Notice, WCB seeks comment on the petition filed by Cingular Wireless, LLC seeking designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) in the state of Georgia pursuant to section 214(e)(6) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. 1/25/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

1/18/2007
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau grant a request by NPCR, Inc. (NPCR), an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC), for a waiver of section 54.802(a) of the Commission's rules. For the reasons set forth, we find that NPCR has demonstrated that good cause warrants granting this waiver. 1/18/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

1/09/2007
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau approves National Exchange Carrier Association’s (NECA) proposed high-cost loop formula and Universal Service Administrative Company’s (USAC) proposed local switching support formula. As we have done previously, we direct NECA and USAC to provide support to average schedule carriers consistent with this Order retroactive to January 1, 2007. 1/09/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

1/04/2007
Public Notice: In this Public Notice, Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by American Cellular Corporation pursuant to section 54.207 of the Commission’s rules, requesting the Commission’s agreement with the decision of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to redefine the service areas of certain rural telephone companies in Minnesota at the wire center level. 1/04/07. Word | Acrobat| Text

2006

12/28/2006
Order: In this Order, we grant the request of North River Telephone Cooperative (North River), an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) in Virginia, for a waiver of the annual filing deadline set forth in section 54.904(d) of the Commission’s rules. We find that North River has demonstrated good cause that warrants this waiver. 12/28/06. Word | Acrobat| Text

12/28/06
Order: In this Order, we grant MCI's petition for waiver of sections 54.802(a) and 54.809(c) of the Commission's rules. MCI missed its annual certification and three quarterly line reports for interstate access support (IAS) during a time when it was transitioning from bankruptcy. We find that MCI has demonstrated good cause to grant this waiver: MCI's difficulties with emerging from bankruptcy and the impact of a loss of approximately $1.5 million in IAS funding. Word | Acrobat| Text

12/28/06
Order: In this Order, we grant Mid-Tex's petition for waiver of section 54.314(d)(5) of the Commission's rules and deny Mid-Tex's petition for waiver of section 54.904 of the Commission's rules. We find that Mid-Tex's ETC designation date made it impossible for the state commission to file the high-cost use certification prior to the deadline in section 54.314(d)(5). We also find that Mid-Tex's confusion over the ICLS certification deadline in section 54.904 did not warrant a waiver. Word | Acrobat| Text

12/28/06
Order: In this Order, we grant San Isabel's request for a waiver of various line count and certification filing deadline so that it may receive universal service support beginning immediately after its ETC designation date of December 30, 2002. We conclude that the missed deadlines were not the fault of San Isabel. We deny, however, San Isabel's request for waiver of the two line count filing deadlines that occurred after the date the state commission certified San Isabel (Sept 24, 2003). We find no reason why San Isabel could not have submitted those required filings. As a result, San Isabel will not be eligible for universal service support for the first and second quarters of 2004. In summary, the Order permits San Isabel to be eligible for universal service support from Jan 1, 2003 to Dec 31, 2003 and from July 1, 2004 and thereafter. Word | Acrobat| Text

12/19/06
Order: In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) grants a petition by CenturyTel of Wisconsin, LLC and Telephone USA of Wisconsin, LLC (CenturyTel) for a waiver of the filing deadline in section 36.612(a)(3) of the Commission's rules for the receipt of safety valve support. The Bureau finds that CenturyTel has demonstrated that good cause warrants this waivers. In particular, the Bureau finds absent a waiver, CenturyTel would be denied SVS for an entire fiscal year which would undermine the Commission's USF policies to promote quality services available at just, reasonable and affordable rates. Word | Acrobat

11/27/06
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau extend the timing of the waiver of sections 36.611 and 36.612 of the Commission’s rules granted to Adak Eagle Enterprises, LLC d/b/a Adak Telephone Utility (Adak Telephone) in the Adak Order. The extension of this waiver will permit Adak Telephone, a new local exchange carrier (LEC) in Alaska, to receive high-cost loop support based on projected costs in 2006 and 2007, until its historical costs become available in 2008. We grant this extension on our own motion to permit Adak Telephone to continue receiving high-cost loop support without interruption, consistent with the Wireline Competition Bureau’s (Bureau) intention in originally granting the waiver in the Adak Order.
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11/27/06
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau invites interested parties to comment on a petition filed by Cingular Wireless, LLC seeking designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier in the Commonwealth of Virginia pursuant to section 214(e)(6) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. Comment Date: December 4, 2006. Reply Coment Date: 11, 2006.
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11/22/06
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau grants an appeal filed by Thumb Cellular of a USAC decision denying it Interstate Common Line Support for the third quarter of 2003 because USAC determined that Thumb Cellular’s FCC Form 507, which includes line count data, was received on March 31, 2003 - one day after USAC’s calculated filing date. Among other things, the Bureau finds that USAC should have deemed the 507 forms filed on this day to be timely filed because the due date fell on a Sunday. In particular, under Section 1.4(j) of the Commission’s rules, because March 30 was a Sunday, the document could have been filed on the next business day which was Monday, March 31, 2003.
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10/25/06
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau conditionally grant a joint request from Rural Telephone Service Company, Inc. (RuralTel), Nex-Tech, Inc. (Nex-Tech), United Telephone Company of Kansas and United Telephone of Eastern Kansas (collectively, United) for a waiver of the study area boundary freeze codified in the Appendix-Glossary of Part 36 of the Commission’s rules. This waiver will permit United to remove twelve exchanges comprising approximately 5,400 lines from United’s Kansas study areas. Consistent with the precedent established by the Commission in the Heart of Iowa Order, we allow Nex-Tech to transfer its competitive LEC lines to RuralTel’s newly configured incumbent LEC study area on the condition that RuralTel treats Nex-Tech’s former competitive LEC lines as if these lines were acquired from an unaffiliated carrier and subject to the provisions of section 54.305. We also grant RuralTel’s request for waiver of section 69.3(e)(11) of the Commission’s rules so that RuralTel can include the acquired exchanges in the National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA) common line tariff.
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10/25/06
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau grant a joint request from Gorham Telephone Company, Inc., (Gorham) and RuralTel for a waiver of the study area boundary freeze codified in the Appendix-Glossary of Part 36 of the Commission’s rules. The study area waiver will permit RuralTel to remove two exchanges comprising approximately 272 access lines from its Kansas study area. The waiver also will permit Gorham to add these exchanges to its existing Kansas study area. We also grant Gorham a waiver of section 69.3(e)(11) of the Commission’s rules in order to allow it to continue to use the NECA as its tariff pool administrator.
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10/18/06
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau Seeks Comment on the 2007 Modification of Average Schedule Universal Service High-Cost Loop support Formula and the 2007 Average Schedule Company Local Switching Support Formula. Comment Date: November 11, 2006 and Reply Comment Date: November 8, 2006.
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9/12/06
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau grants the petition for waiver of the June 30, 2006 deadline for receipt of interstate access universal service support. We find that Verizon has demonstrated that good cause warrants granting this waiver.
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9/12/06
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau grants the petitions of three carriers for waiver of the September 30, 2005 deadlines. We find that the Petitioners have demonstrated that good cause warrants these waivers.
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9/11/06
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau grants a joint request from United Telephone Company of Kansas and United Telephone Company of Eastern Kansas and Twin Valley Telephone, Inc. for a waiver of the study area boundary freeze.
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8/22/06
ERRATUM: The Telecommunications Access Policy Division on August 15, 2006 released an Order DA 06-1645, in the Matter of Sacred Wind Communications, Inc. and Qwest Corporation. This Erratum corrects the Order.
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8/15/06
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau grant a joint request from Sacred Wind Communications, Inc. and Qwest Corporation for a waiver of the study area boundary freeze codified in the Appendix-Glossary of Part 36 of the Commission's rules.
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8/14/06
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau grant the requests of Buggs Island Telephone Cooperative and Pembroke Telephone Cooperative for waivers of the annual certification deadline set forth in section 54.314 of the Commission's rules.
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8/14/06
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau grant the requests of Northwest Dakota Cellular of North Dakota Limited Partnership; North Central RSA 2 of North Dakota Limited Partnership; North Dakota RSA No. 3 Limited Partnership; Badlands Cellular of North Dakota Limited Partnership; North Dakota 5-Kidder Limited Partnership; and Bismarck MSA Limited Partnership for a waiver of the September 30, 2004 data submission reporting deadline set forth in section 54.307(c) of the Commission's rules.
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8/14/06
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau grant a request from Pine Belt Cellular, Inc. for a waiver of the October 1, 2004 annual certification filing deadline set forth in section 54.313 of the Commission's rules.
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8/14/06
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau grant a request from Centennial Cellular Tri-State Operating Partnership and Centennial Claiborne Cellular Corp. for waiver of the April 1, 2004 and October 1, 2004 certification deadlines in section 54.314(d) of the Commision's rules. Mississippi Public Service Commission was also granted a request for a waiver of the January 1, 2005 certification deadline.
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8/14/06
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau grant a request from Cellular South Licenses, Inc. for a waiver of the December 31, 2003, filing deadline for interstate access universal service support set forth in section 54.802(a) of the Commission's rules.
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8/14/06
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau grant the petition of North Carolina RSA 3 Cellular Telephone Company d/b/a Carolina West Wireless to be designated as an eligible telecommunications carrier in portions of its licensd service area in the state of North Carolina.
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8/11/06
Public Notice: The Telecommunications Access Policy Division of the Wireline Competition Bureau granted the petitions for waiver of certain filing deadlines for the receipt of universal service support for the following Petitioners: Highland Cellular, Inc., Megagate, American Cellular Corp., and NPCR, Inc.
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8/10/06
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by CTIA-The Wireless Association and a petition filed by Cingular Wireless LLC requesting declaratory rulings regarding certain aspects of the 2006 Contribution Methodology Reform Order and previous Commission and Bureau-level Orders. Comments Due: September 11, 2006 and Reply Comments Due: September 26, 2006.
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8/7/06
Order: The Commission grant requests for review filed by Darien Telephone Company, Inc., Logal elephone Cooperative, Inc., and Roanoke & Botetourt Telephone Company pursuant to sections 54.719 and 54.722 of the Commission's rules.
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7/25/06
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on the petition of Gorham Telephone Company, Inc., and Rural Telephone Service Company, Inc., to waive the study area boundary freeze, as codified, in Part 36, and Gorham Telephone Company's request for waiver of section 69.3(e)(11) of the Commission's rules. Comments Due: August 8, 2006 and Reply Comments Due: August 15, 2006.
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7/12/06
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Verizon Communications, Inc. seeking waiver of the quarterly line count filing deadline associated with the receipt of universal service interstate access support pursuant to section 54.802(a) of the Commission's rules. Comments Due: July 26, 2006 and Reply Comments Due: August 2, 2006.
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7/18/06
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on the petition of Accipiter Communications, Inc., and Qwest Cororation to waive the study area boundary freeze, as codified in part 36, and section 69.3(e)(11) of the Commission's rules. Comments Due: July 24, 2006 and Reply Comments Due: July 31, 2006.
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6/30/06
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on petitions filed by Pine Belt Cellular, Inc., Sagebrush Cellular, Inc., and Cedar Valley Communications, Inc. seeking waivers of various filing deadlines associated with the receipt of universal service support pursuant to the Commission's rules. Comment Date: July 14, 2006 and Reply Comment Date: July 21, 2006.
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6/2/06
Public Notice: IOWA TELECOM SERVICES, INC. SEEKS FORBEARANCE FROM OR WAIVER OF THE COMMISSION’S UNIVERSAL SERVICE RULES TO PERMIT IT TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR UNIVERSAL SERVICE SUPPORT UNDER THE HIGH-COST MECHANISM FOR NON-RURAL CARRIERS PLEADING CYCLE ESTABLISHED. Comment Date: July 3, 2006 and Reply Comment Date: July 18, 2006.
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6/2/06
Public Notice: QWEST CORPORATION, PINE TELEPHONE SYSTEMS, INC., AND OREGON TELEPHONE CORPORATION SEEK WAIVER OF THE STUDY AREA BOUNDARY FREEZE AS CODIFIED IN PART 36 - PLEADING CYCLE ESTABLISHED. Comment Date: June 16, 2006 and Reply Comment Date: June 23, 2006.
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6/2/06
Public Notice: The Commission extend the high-cost universal service support rules adopted in the Rural Task Force Order on an interim basis until the Commission concludes its rural review proceeding and adopts changes, if any, to those rules as a result of that proceeding.
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4/27/06
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau conditionally grant a joint request from Lost Nation-Elwood elephone Company and Iowa Telecom for a waiver of the study area boundary freeze codified in the Appendix-Glossary of Part 36 of the Commission's rules.
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4/27/06
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau conditionally grant a joint request from Partner Communications Cooperative and Iowa Telecommunications Services, Inc., d/b/a Iowa Telecom for a waiver of the study area boundary freeze codified in the Appendix-Glossary of Part 36 of the Commission's rules.
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4/14/06
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on the petition, filed on March 15, 2006, by Cellular Network Partnership d/b/a Pioneer Cellular for waiver of the Septmber 30, 2005 filing deadline set forth in section 54.307(c) of the Commission's rules. Comments are due April 28, 2006 and reply comments are due May 5, 2006.
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4/14/06
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition, filed by North Dakota Network Company pursuant to section 54.207 of the Commission's rules, requesting the Commission's agreement with the decision of the North Dakota Public Service Commission to redefine the service areas of rural telephone companies in North Dakota at the wire center level. Comment Date: May 5, 2006 and Reply Comment Date: May 19, 2006
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3/17/06
Public Notice: Parties are invited to comment on the petition filed by Pine Belt Cellular, Inc. seeking designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier in the state of Alabama pursuant to section 214(e)(6) of the Communications Act of 1934. Comment Date: April 6, 2006 and Reply Comment Date: April 21, 2006
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3/17/06
Public Notice: Parties are invited to comment on the petition filed by Hopi Telecommunications, Inc. seeking designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier in the Hopi and Navajo Reservations in the state of Arizona pursuant to section 214(e)(6) of the Communications Act of 1934. Comment Date: April 6, 2006 and Reply Comment Date: April 21, 2006
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3/17/06
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Mark Twain Communications Company pursuant to section 54.207 of the Commission's rules, requesting the Commission's agreement with the decision of the Missouri Public Service Commission to redefine the service area of Spectra Communications Group, a rural incumbent local exchange carrier. Comment Date: April 7, 2006 and Reply Comment Date: April 21, 2006
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3/15/06
Order: The Commission conditionally grant a joint request from Heart of Iowa Communications Cooperative and Iowa Telecommunications Services, Inc., d/b/a Iowa elecom for a waiver of the study area boundary freeze codified in the Appendix-Glossary of Part 36 of the Commission's rules.
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3/10/06
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Buerau seeks comment on a petition filed by the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission pursuant to section 54.207 of the Commission's rules, requesting the Commission's agreement with its decision to redefine the service areas of rural incumbent local exchange carriers for the purposes of designating Brookings Municipal Utilities d/b/a Swiftel Communications as an eligible telecommunications carrier. Comment Date: March 31, 2006 and Reply Comment Date: April 14, 2006.
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3/6/06
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Buerau seeks comment on petitions filed by Pembroke Telephone Cooperative, North River Telephone Cooperative, Nebraska Technology & Telecommunications, Inc., and Great Lakes of Iowa, Inc. seeking waivers of various filing deadlines associated with the receipt of unviersal service support pursuant to the Commission's rules. Comment Date: March 20, 2006 and Reply Comment Date: March 27, 2006.
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3/15/06
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petitions filed by American Cellular Corporation pursuant to section 54.207 of the Commission's rules, requesting the Commission's agreement with the decision of the Minnesota Public Service Commission to redefine the service areas of rural incumbent local exchange carrier service areas. Comment Date: March 17, 2006 and Reply Comment Date: March 31, 2006.
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2/23/06
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau grant requests by Dixon Telephone Company, Lexcom Telephone Company, and Citizens Telephone Company of Higginsville, Missouri - incumbent local exchange carriers that have been designated as eligible telecommunications carriers - for a waiver of the data submission reporting deadline set forth in section 54.301(b) of the Commission's rules for local switching support.
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2/3/06
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau grant the petition of Corr Wireless Communications, LLC, as amended, to be designated as an eligible telecommunications carrier in portions of its licensed service area in the state of Alabama, pursuant to section 214(e)(6) of the Communications Act of 1934.
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1/20/06
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by N.E. Colorado Cellular, Inc. d/b/a Viaero Wireless pursuant to section 54.207 of the Commission's rules, requesting the Commission's agreement with the decision of the Nebraska Public Service Commission to redefine the service areas of rural incumbent local exchange carrier service aras. Comment Date: February 6, 2006 and Reply Comment Date: February 21, 2006.
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1/12/06
Order: The Commission approved the Universal Service Administrative Company's modified local switching support formula and, with respect to Part 36 high-cost support, adopted the National Exchange Carrier Association's cost per loop (CPL) formula.
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1/12/06
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau provides notice that it is initiating a proceeding to consider petitions filed by RSA 7 Limited Partnership, Iowa 8 - Monona Limited Partnership, and Iowa RSA 10 General Partnership and Midwest Wireless Iowa, L.L.C. pursuant to section 54.207 of the Commission's rules. Comment Date: January 27, 2006 and Reply Comment Date: February 13, 2006.
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2005

12/30/05
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau grants Adak Eagle Enterprises, LLC d/b/a Adak Telephone Utility (Adak Telephone), a new local exchange carrier (LEC) in Alaska, waivers of certain Commission rules so that it may receive high-cost loop support based on projected costs until historical costs become available. Adak Telephone would be eligible to receive high-cost universal service support as of the date it was designated an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC). Further, the Bureau would grant Adak Telephone’s request for waiver of the Commission’s rules so that it may participate immediately in the National Exchange Carrier Association’s (NECA) pools and tariffs.
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12/23/05
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau grants the Petition of FiberNet, LLC for a waiver of the data submission reporting deadline set forth in section 54.307 of the Commission's rules.
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12/9/05
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: The Commission released the attached NPRM seeking comment on issues raised by section 254(b) of the Communications Act and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit’s decision in Qwest Corp. v. FCC (Qwest II). Specifically, it seeks comment on how to reasonably define the statutory terms “sufficient” and “reasonably comparable” in light of the court’s holding in Qwest II. The NPRM also tentatively concludes that the Commission should establish an interim non-rural insular mechanism as proposed by Puerto Rico Telephone Company.
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11/29/05
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau grants a joint request for waiver of the study area boundary freeze filed by Sully Telephone Association, Inc. (Sully) and Reasnor Telephone Company, LLC (Reasnor). This waiver permits Sully to remove one exchange from its Iowa study area, and permits Reasnor to create a new Iowa study area for the acquired exchange. Reasnor is also granted a waiver of section 69.605(c) of the Commission’s rules to allow it to operate its new study area in Iowa as an interstate average schedule company.
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11/29/05
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau grants a joint request for waiver of the study area boundary freeze filed by Direct Communications Cedar Valley, LLC (Direct Communications) and Qwest Corporation (Qwest). This waiver allows the territory served by Eagle Mountain City’s municipal telephone system (EMC) to be removed from Qwest’s study area and will allow Direct Communications to establish a new study area in the state of Utah. Direct Communications is also granted waiver of certain of the Commission's rules to allow it to become a member of the National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA), to receive interstate access settlements and universal service support pursuant to NECA’s average schedule formulas, and to receive, to the extent it is eligible, federal universal service support on the date that it would otherwise be entitled to receive such support.
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11/29/05
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau grants a joint request for waiver of the study area boundary freeze filed by Madison River Telephone Company, LLC, its wholly owned subsidiary MebTel, Inc. d/b/a MebTel Communications (Madison River) and BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc. (BellSouth). The waiver permits BellSouth to remove two exchanges from its North Carolina study area, and permits Madison River to add these exchanges to its MebTel study area in North Carolina. Madison River is also granted a waiver of section 69.3(e)(11) of the Commission’s rules to allow it to continue to use the National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA) as its tariff pool administrator.
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11/29/05
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau grants a joint request for waiver of the study area boundary freeze filed by United Telephone Company of Kansas (United) and Blue Valley Telecommunications, Inc. (Blue Valley). The waiver permits United to remove two exchanges from its Kansas study area, and permits Blue Valley to add these exchanges to its existing Kansas study area. Blue Valley is also granted a waiver of section 69.3(e)(11) of the Commission’s rules to allow it to continue to use the National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA) as its tariff pool administrator.
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11/22/05
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau grants the Petitions of Alliance Communications and its subsidiaries waiver of the data submission reporting deadline.
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11/14/05
Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau announces the designation of a Temporary Eligible Telecommunications Carrier for the purpose of providing the Hurricane Katrina Lifeline Assistance.
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10/27/05
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau would grant a joint request by Citizens Communications and Frontier Communications, on behalf of 31 eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs), for a waiver of the June 30, 2005, filing deadline for interstate access universal service support set forth in section 54.802(a) of the Commission’s rules.
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10/7/05
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau grants the petition of RCC Minnesota, Inc. and RCC Atlantic, Inc. to be designated as an eligible telecommunications carrier in portions of its licensed service areas in New Hampshire.
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9/14/05
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau granted Northwest Communications Cooperative and Noonan Farmers Telephone Company Joint Request for Waiver of the Study Area Boundary Freeze Codified in the Appendix-Glossary of Part 36 of the Commissions rules.
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9/8/05
Order: The Commission conditionally granted the petition of TracFone Wireless for forbearance from the requirement that a carrier designated as an ETC for purposes of federal universal service support provide services, at least in part, over its own facilities. TracFone seeks eligibility for Lifeline support only. This Order does not establish TracFone as an ETC. TracFone's pending ETC petitions will be addressed in subsequent order(s).
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6/23/05
Order: This order corrects our recently released NTELOS ETC designation. NTELOS was designated an ETC for non-rural wire centers but mistakenly included several rural wire centers. This order corrects the list of wire centers such that NTELOS is only designated for non-rural wire centers.
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6/14/05
Order: In this order released today, we grant petition of NTELOS to be designated as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) for requested service areas in Virginia.
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5/16/05
Order: In this order released today, we grant a request from Sandwich Isles for waiver of the study area boundary freeze codified in the Appendix-Glossary of Part 36, and sections 36.611 and 69.2(hh) of the Commission’s rules. We also grant Sandwich Isles a waiver of the definition of incumbent local exchange carrier (LEC) in Part 36 and in section 54.5 of the Commission’s rules to the limited extent necessary to permit Sandwich Isles to receive universal service support based on its own costs. These waivers will permit Sandwich Isles to continue being treated as an incumbent LEC for purposes of receiving universal service support and participating in the National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA) tariffs and pools.
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4/19/05
Order: In this order released today, we granted a joint request from Sioux Valley Telephone Company (Sioux Valley) and Hills Telephone Company, Inc (Hills) for a waiver of the study area boundary freeze codified in the Appendix-Glossary of Part 36 of the Commission's rules. This waiver permitted Sioux Valley to remove three exchanges comprising approximately 557 access lines from its South Dakota study area. This waiver also permitted Hills to create a new South Dakota study area for the acquired exchanges. We also granted Hills a waiver of section 69.605(c) of the Commission’s rules to operate its new study area in South Dakota as an interstate average schedule company.
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3/17/05
Report and Order: In this Report and Order, consistent with the recommendations of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, the Commission, among other things, adopts additional mandatory requirements for ETC designation proceedings in which the Commission acts pursuant to section 214(e)(6) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the Act). In addition, in this Report and Order, states that exercise jurisdiction over ETC designations pursuant to section 214(e)(2) of the Act, are encouraged to adopt these requirements when deciding whether a common carrier should be designated as an ETC.
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2/17/05
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau released the attached order which extended TracFone Wireless Inc's Petition for Forbearance until September 6, 2005.
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1/14/05
Order: The Wireline Competition Bureau released the attached order which waives certain filing deadlines to give effect to the Commission's Skyline Order, which intended to permit Skyline Telephone to begin receiving high-cost universal service support in 2004.
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1/10/05
Order: The Commission released an Order denying in part and granting in part a request by Valor Telecommunications of Texas, L.P. (Valor), a rural incumbent local exchange carrier formed through the acquisition of approximately 315,000 lines from GTE in 2000, for waiver of section 54.305 of the Commission’s rules. Specifically, the Commission granted Valor a limited waiver of section 54.305 to allow it to receive additional safety valve support consistent with the modifications to the safety valve mechanism that the Commission adopted today in FCC 05-1.
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1/10/05
Order on Reconsideration: The Commission released an Order and Order on Reconsideration amending section 54.305 of the Commission’s rules so that it does not apply to transfers of exchanges between non-rural carriers after the phase-down of interim hold-harmless support, and granting a request by the National Telephone Cooperative Association (NTCA) to provide that rural carriers may receive “safety valve” support for investment made in the first year of operating acquired exchanges.
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2004

12/30/04
Wireline Competition Bureau approves NECA's universal service formulas for average scheduled companies for 2005.
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12/8/04
Wireline Competition Bureau Initiates Proceeding to Consider Petition to Redefine Certain Rural Telephone Company Service Areas in the State of Minnesota.
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11/2/04
The Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service to Hold En Banc Hearing on High-Cost Universal Service Support in Areas Served by Rural Carriers.
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10/22/04
The Wireline Competition Bureau released the attached Public Notice. In this Public Notice, the Bureau which grants in part and denies in part the petition of Advantage Cellular Systems, Inc. to be designated as an eligible telecommunications carrier in the state of Tennessee.
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10/19/04
The Wireline Competition Bureau released the attached Public Notice. In this Public Notice, the Bureau provides notice that it is initiating a proceeding to consider a petition filed by American Cellular Corporation, requesting Federal Communications Commission agreement with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin’s decision to redefine the service areas of certain rural telephone companies.
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10/6/04
The Wireline Competition Bureau initiates proceeding to consider Petition to Redefine a Rural Telephone Company Service Area in the State of Wisconsin.
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9/24/04
In the attached Order, the Bureau grants five petitions of ALLTEL Communications, Inc. ("ALLTEL") to be designated as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) in non-rural areas in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia, pursuant to section 214(e)(6) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. In doing so, the Bureau finds ALLTEL has satisfied the statutory eligibility requirements of section 214(e)(1) to be designated as an ETC.
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8/25/04
The attached Order was released today and will appear in tomorrow's daily digest. In this Order, the Bureau grants the petitions of NPCR, Inc. d/b/a Nextel Partners (Nextel) to be designated as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) for the requested service areas in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia, pursuant to section 214(e)(6) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the Act). In so doing, the Bureau concludes that Nextel, a commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) carrier, has satisfied the statutory eligibility requirements of section 214(e)(1) to be designated as an ETC.
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8/19/04
The attached Public Notice announces that it has granted petitions for waiver of certain filing deadlines associated with the receipt of universal support.
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8/16/04
The attached Order grants a request from Grande Communications, Inc. (Grande), a competitive eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC), for waiver of the January 1, 2003 certification filing deadline set forth in section 54.314(d) of the Commission’s rules for high-cost universal service support in areas served by CenturyTel, Inc., a rural local exchange carrier. TAPD also grants Grande’s request for waiver of the December 30, 2002 and March 30, 2003 quarterly filing deadlines for line count data set forth in section 54.307(c) of the Commission’s rules for high-cost universal service support and interstate common line support. Granting Grande’s waiver requests will allow it to receive universal service support as of May 22, 2003, the date the Public Utility Commission of Texas designated Grande as an ETC.
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8/16/04
The attached Order grants a request from Grande Communications, Inc. (Grande), a competitive eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC), for waiver of the January 1, 2003 certification filing deadline set forth in section 54.314(d) of the Commission’s rules for high-cost universal service support in areas served by CenturyTel, Inc., a rural local exchange carrier. TAPD also grants Grande’s request for waiver of the December 30, 2002 and March 30, 2003 quarterly filing deadlines for line count data set forth in section 54.307(c) of the Commission’s rules for high-cost universal service support and interstate common line support. Granting Grande’s waiver requests will allow it to receive universal service support as of May 22, 2003, the date the Public Utility Commission of Texas designated Grande as an ETC.
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8/16/04
The attached Order grants a request from Centennial Cellular Tri-State Operating Partnership and Centennial Claiborne Cellular Corp. (Centennial) for waiver of the April 1, 2003 certification filing deadline set forth in section 54.313(d) of the Commission’s rules for high-cost universal service support in areas served by BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc., a non-rural local exchange carrier. Granting the request filed by Centennial, a competitive eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC), will allow Centennial to receive high-cost universal service support as of September 24, 2003, the date that the Mississippi Public Service Commission designated Centennial as an ETC.
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7/27/04
The attached Order grants a request from Searsboro Telephone Company, Inc. and Killduff Telephone Company for a waiver of the study area boundary freeze codified in the Appendix-Glossary of Part 36 of the Commission's rules.
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7/23/04
The attached Order designates Guam Cellular and Paging, Inc. d/b/a Saipancell as an eligible telecommunications carrier in the Northern Mariana Islands.
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6/28/04
The attached Order asks the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service to review the Commission's rules relating to the high-cost universal service support mechanisms for rural carriers.
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6/24/04
The Wireline Competition Bureau released the attached Public Notice seeking comment on two petition filed on June 8, 2004 by TracFone Wireless, Inc., a reseller of commercial mobile radio services.
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5/16/04
The Wireline Competition Bureau grant a request from Smithville Telephone Company, Inc. an incumbent local exchange carrier that been desingated as an eligible telecommunications carrier, for a waiver of October 1, 2003 data filing deadline.
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5/6/04
The Wireline Competition Bureau denies the attached Order (DA 04-1287) FiberNet, LLC's, Petition for a Waiver of 54.307(c) of the Commission's rules for high-cost universal service support.
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4/12/04
In the attached Order the Commission's grant in part and deny in part the petition of Highland Cellular Inc., to be designated as an eligible telecommunications carrier in portions of Virginia.
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3/18/04
The Wireline Competition Bureau initiates a proceeding to consider a petition filed by ALLTEL Communications, Inc. requesting the Commission’s agreement with the Michigan Public Service Commission’s decision to redefine the "service areas" of certain rural telephone companies in the state of Michigan. (DA 04-686)
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1/22/04
In this Order, the Commission grant in part and deny inpart, subject to enumarated conditions, the petition of Virginia Cellular to be designated as an eligibile telecommunications carrier.
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2003

12/24/03
The Wireline Competition Bureau update line counts and other input data used in the Commission's forward-looking economic cost model for purposes of calculating and targeting non-rural high-cost support beginning January 1, 2004.
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12/19/03
The Wireline Competition Bureau grants the request for a waiver with the attached Order (DA 03-4041) Puerto Rico Telephopne Company, Request for a Waiver of State Certification Requirements for High-Cost Universal Service Support for Non-Rural Carrieres.
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12/5/03
The Wireline Competition Bureau released the attached Order (DA 03-3867) denying petitions filed by the Maine Public Utilities Commission and the Verizon Telephone Companies seeking reconsideration of the Bureau’s decision to upgrade the computer language of its forward-looking cost model and to correct programming errors identified by interested parties.
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10/27/03
The Wireline Competition Bureau announces the posting of a revised version of the Commission's cost model used to calculate high-cost support for non-rural carriers.
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10/27/03
The Commission released the attached Order in response to the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and recommendations of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service.
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9/5/03
The Wireline Competition Bureau grants a request from Qwest Corporation (Qwest) for a waiver of the July 31, 2003 loop cost data filing deadline set forth in section 36.611 of the Commission’s rules.
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7/25/03
The Wireline Competition Bureau grants a request from N.E. Colorado Cellular, Inc. (N.E. Colorado Cellular), a competitive eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC), for waiver of the October 1, 2001 certification filing deadline set forth in section 54.314(d)(1) of the Commission's rules for receiving high-cost universal service support in areas served by rural carriers. Granting N.E. Colorado Cellular's waiver request will allow it to receive universal service support beginning February 6, 2002, the date N.E. Colorado Cellular filed its high-cost certification under section 54.314(d) with the Commission.
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7/24/03
Seeks additional comment on updating line counts in the Commission's forward-looking cost model for purposes of determining support for non-rural carriers following a Commission decision in the Ninth Report and Order remand proceeding. Specifically, the Bureau seeks comment on whether to continue to update special access lines in the cost model, or whether to zero out special access lines from the cost model's calculations. Moreover, the Bureau seeks comment on whether to update the cost model with year-end 2002 line count data which will be filed July 31, 2003.
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7/18/03
In the attached Order, the Telecommunications Access Policy Division grants a request from Western Wireless Corporation (Western Wireless), a competitive eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC), for waiver of the October 1, 2002 certification filing deadline set forth in section 54.314(d)(1) of the Commission’s rules for high-cost universal service support in areas served by rural carriers. Granting Western Wireless’s waiver request will allow it to receive universal service support beginning January 6, 2003, the date the South Dakota Public Utility Commission designated Western Wireless as an ETC.
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7/10/03
The Commission released an Order on Remand which addresses two issues on remand from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. This Order on Remand concludes that the $650 million IAS amount adopted in the CALLS Order represents a reasonable estimate of the implicit support in access charges to be replaced with explicit support and is supported by the record in this proceeding. The Order on Remand also concludes that the record supports the adoption of a 6.5 percent X-factor to achieve the Commission's target rate levels for price cap carriers.
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1/28/03
WCB released an Order granting the study area waiver request of Nemont Telephone Cooperative, Inc., Missouri Valley Communications, Inc., Reservation Telephone Cooperative and Citizens Telecommunications Company of North Dakota. The Order also grants requests for waiver of section 61.41(c)(2),and section 69.3(e)(11). The Order also denies the request for waiver of section 69.605(c) for continued operation as an average schedule company.
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1/7/03
Federal -State Joint Board on Universal Service (Delphi Order) Adopted the Delphi version of the forward-looking cost model, which has been translated from turbo-pascal computer language, for calculating high cost support for non-rural carriers.
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2002

12/27/02
Average Schedule Support Order. Approves NECA's modified local switching support formula; with respect to Part 36 high-cost support, adopts NECA's cost per loop formula; and denies NECA's request for supplemental payments for certain average schedule companies.
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12/18/02
Public Service Telephone Company. Denies request for confidential treatment of loop cost data provided by NECA pursuant to sections 36.611 and 36.613 of the Commission's rules.
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12/13/02
Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control Request for Waiver Granted the petition of the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control for a waiver of the calendar year 2002 state certification requirements for high-cost universal service support in areas served by rural carriers.
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12/6/02
Blackduck Telephone Company and Arvig Telephone Company. Granted a request for a waiver of the definition of "study area" contained in the Part 36 Appendix-Glossary of the Commission's rules.
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12/14/02
RFB Cellular, Inc. Granted the Request from RFB for waiver of certification filing deadline and waiver of quarterly filing deadlines for line count data set forth in sections 54.314(d)(1) and 54.307(c) of the Commission's rules.
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10/16/02
The Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service issues recommendations of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service on issues from the Ninth Report and Order that was remanded to the Commission.
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9/13/02
Dickey Rural Telephone Cooperative, Dickey Rural Access, Inc., Polar Telecommunications, Inc., Red River Rural Telephone Association, Red River Telecom, Inc. and Citizens Telecommunications Company of North Dakota WCB granted the petition for waiver of the study area boundary freeze as codified in Part 36, Appendix-Glossary of the Commission's rules filed by Dickey Rural Telephone Cooperative, et al.
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6/13/02
Multi-Association Group (MAG) Plan for Regulation fo Interstate Services of Non-Price Cap Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers & Interexchange Carriers; Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service. The Commission waived on its own motion, the requirement that carriers file annual certifications on 6/30/02, in order to receive interstate Common Line Support.
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6/13/02
Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service MAG Plan for Regulation of Interstate Services of Non-Price Cap Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers & Interexchange Carriers RE: Commission denied the petitions for reconsideration. Granted the petition for reconsideration filed by National Telephone Carriers Association on 7/5/01. Amended Part 36 of the Commission's rules.
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5/6/02
Access Charge Reform, Price Cap Performance Review for Local Exchange Carriers, Low Volume Income Long Distance Users RE: Granted in part request by the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates for limited modifications of Interim Protective Order to permit limited access to certain carrier-filed line count information.
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3/22/02
First Order on Reconsideration in CC DKT No. 00-256, Twenty-Fourth Order on Reconsideration in CC DKT No. 96-45 RE: Multi-Association Group (MAG) Plan for Regulation of Non-Price Cap Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers. Federal-State Joint board on Universal Service. Modifying the Commission's procedures with respect to the initial filing by rate-of-return carriers of data necessary for the Universal Service Administrative Company to calculate Interstate Common Line Support.
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1/25/02
Common Carrier Bureau released an Erraturm that corrects a phrase in Appendix A in order to make it consistent with the text of the November 8, 2001, MAG Order.

2001

12/18/01
Common Carrier Bureau announces estimated state-by-state high-cost Universal Service support amounts for non-rural carriers for 2002. Text | Word | Attached Spreadsheet

12/18/01
Common Carrier Bureau released an Order that updates line count input values for the high-cost universal service support mechanism for non-rural carriers for purposes of calculating and targeting support amounts for the year 2002. The Bureau also updates the company-specific data used in the model to calculate investment in general support facilities and switching costs. Finally, the Bureau denies a petition for reconsideration filed by Sprint Corporation of the Bureau's 2001 Line Counts Update Order. Text | Word

November 2001 Releases

11/30/01
The Common Carrier Bureau released an order granting Saddleback Communications and Qwest Corporation for request for a waiver of the definition of "study area" contained in the Part 36 Appendix-Glossary of the Commission's rules. We also grant Saddleback's request for waiver of the "all-or-nothing" rule to permit Saddleback to operate under rate-of-return regulation and section 69.3(e)(11) to permit Saddleback to participate in the NECA common line tariff effective upon closing of the transaction. Text | Word

11/8/01
The Commission released a Report and Order in the Multi-Association Group (MAG) proceeding that reforms the interstate access charge structure for rate-of-return carriers, and creates a new universal service support mechanism, Interstate Common Line Support, to replace implicit support for universal service in their access charges. The companion Further Notice seeks additional comment on the MAG incentive plan and on the MAG's proposed changes to the Commission's "all-or-nothing" rule. It also seeks comment on pricing flexibility measures for rate-of-return carriers, and on merging the Long Term Support mechanism into the new support mechanism as of July 1, 2003. Comment date: February 15, 2002, Reply Comment date: March 18, 2002. Text Word | Acrobat

11/06/01
The Commission released an order denying USTA's petition for reconsideration of the Contribution Interval Order modifying the methodology used to assess contributions that carriers make to the federal universal service support mechanisms. Acrobat | Text

October 2001 Releases

10/23/01
Erratum. The Common Carrier Bureau released an Erratum to a September 17, 2001, Order. On September 17, 2001, the Common Carrier Bureau released an Order granting the request of the Illinois Consolidated Telephone Companyand Odin Telephone Exchange Inc. for a waiver of the definition of "study area" contained in the Part 36 Appendix-Glossary of the Commission's rules. This erratum corrects the released text. DA-01-2258 Acrobat | Text

10/19/01
The Commission released the attached order denying petitions for reconsideration of the Bureau's designation of Western Wireless as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) for the purpose of receiving federal universal service support in Wyoming. Acrobat | Text

10/05/01
The Commission released an Order, that denies Moultrie Independent Telephone Company’s petition for declaratory ruling, request for waiver of Part 36, and motion for stay. Moultrie seeks a ruling regarding the regulatory accounting and separations treatment of “sale and lease-back” arrangements between itself and an affiliate. (Dkt No. CC-96-45, Released 10/5/01) DA 01-292 Text | Word

10/05/01
The Federal Communications Commission released an Order that finds that the FCC, not the South Dakota PUC, has jurisdiction to designate Western Wireless an ETC for service to tribal members on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Acrobat | Text

10/05/01
The Federal Communications Commission released an Order that designates Western Wireless as an ETC for service to tribal members on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Acrobat | Text

September 2001 Releases

09/20/01
The Federal Communications Commission released an Order denying the request of Federal Transtel to waive or reconsider the Commission's rules and permit Federal Transtel to recalculate its 1998 and 1999 contributions to the federal universal service mechanisms. Text | Word

09/18/01
Common Carrier Bureau released an Order that denies Oklahoma Telephone & Telegraph request for waiver of section 36.621(a)(4) of the Commission's rules, which limits the amount of corporate operations expenses that a carrier may include in the high-cost loop support mechanism. (Text | Word

Common Carrier Bureau released an Order that grants Illinois Consolidated Telephone Company's (ICTC) and Odin Telephone Exchange, Inc.'s (Odin) request for a waiver of the definition of "study area" contained in the Part 36 Appendix-Glossary of the Commission’s rules. This waiver will facilitate a transfer of telephone exchanges between these companies. (Dkt No. CC-96-45, Released 9/17/01) DA 01-1583 Text | Word

Common Carrier Bureau released a Public Notice seeking comment on updating line counts and other limited information used in calculating high-cost universal service support for non-rural carriers for 2002. Comment Date: 15 days from publication in the Federal Register. Reply Comment Date: 21 days from publication in the Federal Register (Dkt No. CC-96-45, Released 9/11/01) DA 01-2107 Text | Word

August 2001 Releases

Common Carrier Bureau released a Public Notice seeking comment on its review of the definition of universal service. Comments Due: 60 days after publication in Federal Register. Reply Comments Due: 120 days after publication in Federal Register. (Dkt No 96-45, FCC No. 01-J-1, released 8/21/01) Text | Word

Common Carrier Bureau released an Order that granted the petition for waiver of section 54.809(c) of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. Section 54.809(c), filed by Smith Bagley, Inc. on July 16, 2001. (Dkt No 96-45, DA No. 01-1911, released 8/15/01). Text | Word.

Common Carrier Bureau released an Order that denies San Carlos Apache Telecommunications Utility, Inc (San Carlos) request for waiver of sections 36.611 and 36.612 of the Commission's rules and rejects San Carlos's request for accelerated high-cost universal service support. (Dkt No 96-45, DA No. 01-1834, released 8/10/01) Text | Word

Common Carrier Bureau released a Public Notice seeking comment on the petition of Guam Cellular and Paging, Inc. d/b/a Guamcell Communications under section 214(e)(6) requesting designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier for service offered in Guam. Comments Due: 30 days after publication in Federal Register. Reply Comments Due: 45 days after publication in Federal Register. (Dkt No 96-45, DA No. 01-1842, released 8/1/01) Text | Word

June 2001 Releases

Common Carrier Bureau released an Order granting in part a request from Citizens/Qwest for study area waivers to allow Citizens to acquire approximately 158,000 access lines in Arizona. Denies Citizens request to create a new study area in Arizona, and requires Citizens to include the acquired access lines in its existing Arizona study area. Permits Citizens to maintain the status quo by continuing to receive rural high-cost loop support for its existing access lines in Arizona, pending Commission resolution of issues related to rural self-certifications, the definition of a rural telephone company, and further examination of section 54.305 as it relates to the transfer of exchanges between non-rural carriers after the phase-down of interim hold-harmless support. (Dkt No 96-45, DA No. 01-1536, released 6/29/01) Text | Word

The Common Carrier Bureau released a Public Notice seeking comment on translation of the cost model from Turbo-Pascal computer language to Delphi computer language and announces posting of updated Turbo-Pascal version of the cost model. Comments Due: 45 days from publication in Federal Register. Reply Comments Due: 60 days from publication in Federal Register. (Dkt No. CC-96-45, Released 6/20/01) DA No. 01-1458. Text Word

The Common Carrier Bureau released a Public Notice announcing that Skyline Telephone is seeking a waiver of sections 36.611, 36.612 AND 69.2(HH) Universal Service Fund" to provide expedited and economic service to previously unserved areas. Comments Due: 06/29/2001 Reply Comments Due: 07/16/2001. (Dkt No 96-45, DA No. 01-1414, released 6/15/01) Text Word

 

Common Carrier Bureau released an Order granting the requests from Amana Colonies Telephone Company and South Slope Cooperative Telephone Company: for a waiver of the definition of "study area" contained in Part 36 Appendix-Glossary of the Commission's rules and grants waiver of the definition of "average schedule company" included in section 69.605(c). (Dkt No 96-45, DA No. 01-1327, released 6/6/01) Text | Word

May 2001 Releases

 

The Commission released an Order, consistent with the recommendation of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service that modifies the rules for providing high-cost universal service support to rural telephone companies for the next five years based upon the proposals made by the Rural Task Force. (Dkt No. CC-96-45, CC 00-256, released 5/23/01) FCC 01-157Text | Word Errata to FCC 01-157, released 6/1/01: Text | Word

March 2001 Releases

The Commission released an Order, that grants Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, Inc., Panhandle Telephone Cooperative, Inc., and EagleNet, Inc.: a waiver of the Part 36 (universal service) freeze on study area boundaries to enable the petitioners to remove six exchanges operated by Pioneer from the petitioners' jointly operated Oklahoma study area, and permit Pioneer to incorporate the six exchanges into its existing Oklahoma study area. (Dkt No. CC-96-45, Released 3/19/01) DA 01-659

The Commission released an Order, which grants a waiver to the West Virginia Public Service Commission of the October 1, 2000 filing deadline for state certification for first quarter 2001 high-cost support (non-rural carriers). (Dkt No. CC-96-45, Released 3/13/01) FCC 01-86Text | Word

Common Carrier Bureau releases Order granting Wyoming Public Service Commission: a waiver of sections 54.309 and 54.311 of the Commission's rules to enable the Wyoming Commission to target non-rural high-cost universal service support to the Wyoming Commission's retail and unbundled network element rate zones. (Dkt No. CC-96-45, Released 3/9/01) DA 01-612 Text | Word


February 2001 Releases

Common Carrier Bureau releases Order granting Qwest/All West Communications, Inc/Carbon/Emery Telecom, Inc./Central Utah Telephone, Inc./Hanksville Telecom, Inc./Manti Telephone Company/Skyline Telecom/ UBET Telecom, Inc. Petition to Effectuate Transfer of Twelve Exchanges in Utah: Grants waivers of Part 36 of the Commission's rules concerning (universal service) freeze on study area boundaries; 61.41(c) of the Commission's price cap rules; 69.605(c) of the Commission's average schedule rules; and 69.3(e)(11) of the Commission's tariff pooling rules. (Dkt No. CC-96-45, Released 2/27/01) DA 01-507 Text | Word

Common Carrier Bureau releases Order granting Qwest/Citizens Petition for Waiver to Effectuate Sale of Five Exchanges in Wyoming: Grants waiver of the Part 36 (universal service) freeze on study area boundaries. (Dkt No. CC-96-45, Released 2/16/01) DA 01-410 Text | Word

The Commission denies the petition of Oncor Communications, Inc. to forbear from enforcement of the Commission's rules requiring that contributions to the Federal Universal Service support mechanisms be based on carrier revenue from the prior year. (Dkt No. CC-96-45, Released 2/13/01) FCC 01-51Text | Word

January 2001 Releases

Common Carrier Bureau releases Order granting the requests from Mescalero Apache Telecom, Inc. (Mescalero), GTE Southwest Incorporated (GTE), and Valor Telecommunications of New Mexico, LLC (Valor), for a waiver of the definition of "study area" contained in the Part 36 Appendix-Glossary of the Commission’s rules. This waiver will permit USValor to alter the boundaries of a New Mexico study area it has acquired from GTE so that it can transfer to Mescalero approximately 950 access lines currently served by the Mescalero, Alto, and Ruidoso, New Mexico exchanges. This waiver also will permit Mescalero to establish a new study area in New Mexico for the approximately 950 access lines it intends to acquire from Valor. (Dkt No. CC-96-45, Released 1/18/01) DA No. 01-129 Text | Word

The Commission releases Order granting the request from Mescalero Apache Telecom, Inc., Petition for a waiver of Section 54.305 of the Commission's Rules. This waiver will enable Mescalero to receive increased high-cost support based on its costs and fulfill its commitment to bring basic service to all unserved residences on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in its first two years of operation, as well as permit Mescalero to expand service in underserved areas of the Reservation. (Dkt No. CC-96-45, Released 1/18/01) FCC No. 01-13. Text | Word

Common Carrier Bureau releases Order granting the requests from ATEAC, Inc., Alaska Telephone Company, Arctic Slope Telephone Association Cooperative, Inc., Interior Telephone Company, Inc., Mukluk Telephone Company, Inc., and United-KUC, Inc. for waiver to effectuate sale of 13 exchanges comprising 23,796 access lines in Alaska: Grants waiver of the Part 36 (universal service) freeze on study area boundaries. (Dkt No. CC-96-45, Released 1/17/01) DA No. 01-101 Text | Word

Commission releases Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service's Recommended Decision concerning the Rural Task Force plan for reforming the high-cost loop support mechanism for rural carriers. Comment Date: 30 days after publication in the Federal Register Reply Comment Date: 45 days after publication in the Federal Register. (Dkt No. CC-96-45, Released 1/12/01) Text | Word

2000

Common Carrier Bureau releases Memorandum Opinion and Order. In the tribal order released in June, the Commission committed to resolving petitions for ETC designation that are properly pending before us under section 214(e)(6) within 6 months of filing. This Order grants Cellco's petition for ETC designation in the state of Delaware. (Dkt No. CC-96-45, Released 12/26/00) DA 00-2895

Common Carrier Bureau releases Memorandum Opinion and Order. In the tribal order released in June, the Commission committed to resolving petitions for ETC designation that are properly pending before us under section 214(e)(6) within 6 months of filing. This Order grants Western Wireless's petition for ETC designation in the state of Wyoming. Concludes that granting Western Wireless ETC designation in rural service areas is in the public interest. (Dkt No. CC-96-45, Released 12/26/00) DA 00-2896Text | Word


The Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service adopted and released the attached Recommended Decision recommending that the Commission use the Rural Task Force's Recommendation regarding reforms to rural high-cost universal service support mechanisms as a foundation for implementing a rural universal service plan. Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, (CC Docket No. 96-45, Released 12/22/00) FCC 00J-4 Text | Word | HTML


Common Carrier Bureau releases an Order adopting the updated line count input values for the new high-cost universal service support mechanism for non-rural carriers for purposes of calculating and targeting support amounts for the year 2001. (Dkt No. CC-96-45, Released 12/8/00) DA 00-2729.Text | Word


Common Carrier Bureau releases Public Notice announcing state-by-state high-cost Universal Service support amounts for non-rural carrier for 2001. (Dkt No. CC-96-45, Released 12/8/00) DA 00-2746. Text | Word | attached spreadsheet


Thirteenth Report and Order adopts measures for phasing down the interim hold-harmless support provision of the forward-looking high-cost universal service support mechanism for non-rural carriers. (see spreadsheet, Appendix C, of the Report and Order. The companion Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeks comment on the narrow issue of whether, following the phase-down of interim hold-harmless support, section 54.305 of the Commission's rules should no longer be applied to transfers of telephone exchanges between non-rural carriers. (Dkt No. CC-96-45, Released 12/8/00) FCC 00-428 Text | Word


Common Carrier Bureau releases Public Notice announcing the proposed universal service contribution factor for the first quarter of 2001. (Dkt No. CC-96-45, Released 12/8/00) DA 00-2764. Text | Word


November 2000 Releases

Common Carrier Bureau releases Order granting the requests from Citizens Telecommunications company of Illinois and GTE South Inc and GTE North Inc. for waiver of definition of "study area" in Part 36, Appendix-Glossary, of the Commission's rules. (Dkt No. CC-96-45, Released 11/27/00) DA 00-2662 Text | Word


Common Carrier Bureau releases Order granting the requests from Citizens telecommunications Company of Idaho and Qwest Corporation for a waiver of the definition of "study area" contained in Part 36 of the Commission's rules. (Dkt No. CC-96-45, Released 11/27/00) DA 00-2640 Text | Word


Common Carrier Bureau releases Order granting the waiver requests from the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia and New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to permit retroactive distribution of federal universal service support to three carriers that were not designated as ETCs prior to January 1, 1998. (Dkt No. CC-96-45, Released 11/9/00) DA 00-2522. Text | Word


Order grants Jordan-Soldier Valley Telephone Company/Alpine Communications, L.C. - Petition for Waiver to Effectuate Sale of 300 access lines in Iowa: Grants waivers of: (1) the Part 36 (universal service) freeze on study area boundaries and; (2) section 69.605(c) to permit Jordan-Soldier to continue operating as an average schedule company. (Dkt No. CC-96-45, Released 11/3/00) DA 00-2473. Text | Word


October 2000 Releases

Order grants Citizens Telecommunications Company of Nebraska petition for waiver of definition of "study area". (Dkt No. CC-96-45, Released 10/3/00), DA 00-2222 Text | Word


Order grants Citizens Telecommunications of Iowa for waiver of definition of "study area". (Dkt No. CC-96-45, Released 10/2/00), DA 00-2221 Text | Word


September 2000 Releases

Common Carrier Bureau partially denies 4 price cap LECs' requests for confidential treatment of line count data submitted under the rules for the interstate access universal service support mechanism. Denies the confidentiality requests only to the extent necessary to enable the Universal Service Administrative Company to comply with Commission rules requiring it to publish statewide and per-line interstate access universal service support levels. (CC Docket Nos. 96-262, 94-1, 99-249, 96-45, Released 9/20/00), DA 00-2132 Text | Word


Common Carrier Bureau releases order that protects the confidentiality of price cap LEC line counts that cannot be determined when the Universal Service Administrative Company publishes statewide and per-line interstate access universal service support levels. (CC Docket Nos. 96-262, 94-1, 99-249, 96-45, Released 9/20/00), DA 00-2133 Text | Word


August 2000 Releases

Order grants Valor Telecommunications of Texas, LP and GTE Southwest Incorporated request for a waiver of the definition of study area. (Dkt No. CC-96-45, DA No. 00-1908). Released 8/21/00 Text | Word


Order grants Sully Buttes Telephone Cooperative, Inc. and QWest Corporation petition for waiver of Part 36, Appendix-Glossary of the Commission 's rules (Dkt No. CC-96-45, DA No. 00-1894, Released 8/18/00) . Text | Word


Telephone USA of Wisconsin/GTE Petition for Waivers to Effectuate Sale of 35 Exchanges in the State of Wisconsin: Grants waivers of: (1) the Part 36 (universal service) freeze on study area boundaries; (2) section 61.41(c)(2) to permit Telephone USA to continue operation under rate-of-return regulation; and (3) section 69.3(e)(9) to permit the acquired access lines to reenter the NECA common line pool. DA 00-1862, Released 8/16/00 Text | Word


CenturyTel of Central Wisconsin/GTE Petition for Waivers to Effectuate Sale of 42 Exchanges in the State of Wisconsin: Grants waivers of: (1) the Part 36 (universal service) freeze on study area boundaries; (2) section 61.41(c)(2) to permit CenturyTel to continue operation under rate-of-return regulation; and (3) section 69.3(g)(2) to permit the acquired access lines to reenter the NECA common line pool. DA 00-1863, Released 8/16/00 Text | Word


Commission releases a Declaratory Ruling providing guidance regarding whether section 214(e) of the Act requires a common carrier to provide supported services throughout a service area prior to being designated as an eligible telecommunications carrier. CC Docket No. 96-45, FCC 00-248 Released 8/10/00. Text | Word


Order grants requests for removal of individual caps on high-cost loop support filed by Accent Communications, Inc., et al.: Grants requests of 40 rural telephone companies for the removal of all remaining individual caps on high-cost loop support imposed in the past as part of the grant of study area waivers. Removes caps effective January 1, 2000. Denies requests to remove individual caps on high-cost loop support prior to January 1, 2000. Action is consistent with the Common Carrier Bureau's September 9, 1999 Order lifting nine individual caps on high-cost loop support. (Dkt No.: CC-96-45, DA No.: 00-1761, Released 8/4/00). Text | Word


Common Carrier Bureau releases list of carriers filing rural certification letters and notifications of changes in status. (Dkt No.: CC-96-45, DA No.: 00-1705, Released 8/1/00) Text | Word


July 2000 Releases

Order grants requests from Spectra Communications/GTE Petition for Waivers to Effectuate Sale of 107 Exchanges in the State of Missouri: Grants waivers of: (1) the Part 36 (universal service) freeze on study area boundaries; (2) section 61.41(c)(2) to permit Spectra to continue operation under rate-of-return regulation; and (3) section 69.3(e)(9) to permit the acquired access lines to reenter the NECA common line pool. (DA No. 00-1625, Released 7/27/00). Text | Word


Common Carrier Bureau seeks comment on updating line counts for calculating high-cost universal service support for non-rural carriers for the year 2001. Comments due August 8, 2000 and reply comments due August 15, 2000 (Dkt No. CC-96-45, DA No. 00-1626, Released 7/24/00) . Text | Word


Order grants requests from Rye and U S WEST for: (1) waiver of the Part 36 definition of study area to permit the transfer 94 access lines in the Pueblo exchange; and (2) waiver of section 61.41(c)(2) of the Commission's rules to permit Rye to continue operating under rate-of-return regulation after acquiring U S WEST access lines that are currently under price cap regulation. (Dkt No.: CC-96-45, DA No.: 00-1585, Adopted: 7/17/00, Released 7/18/00) Text | Word


Order grants joint petition of Citizens Telecommunications Company of North Dakota and U S WEST Communications, Inc. for a waiver of the definition of "study area" contained in the Part 36 Appendix-Glossary of the Commission's rules. (Dkt No.: CC-96-45, DA No.: 00-1548, Adopted: 7/11/00, Released 7/12/00) Text | Word


Order grants petition of CenturyTel of Northwest Arkansas, LLC and CenturyTel of Central Arkansas, LLC and GTE Arkansas Incorporated, GTE Midwest Incorporated, and GTE Southwest Incorporated for a waiver of the definition of "study area" contained in the Part 36 Appendix-Glossary of the Commission's rules and grants petition of CenturyTel of Northwest Arkansas, LLC and CenturyTel of Central Arkansas, LLC for waiver of sections 61.41(c) and 69.3(g)(2) of the Commission's rules to enable the petitioners to operate the acquired exchanges under rate-of-return regulation and include the acquired access lines in the NECA common line pool. Dkt No.: CC-96-45. Action by Deputy Chief, Accounting Policy Division, Common Carrier Bureau. . (DA No. 00-1434). Adopted: 6/27/00. Text | Word


June 2000 Releases

Commission adopts measures to: (1) promote telecommunications subscribership and infrastructure deployment within American Indian and Alaska Native tribal communities; (2) establish a framework for the resolution of eligible telecommunications carrier designation requests; and (3) apply the framework to pending petitions for designation as eligible telecommunications carriers. (CC Dkt. No. 96-45, Adopted 6/8/2000, Released 6/30/2000) FCC 00-208: Acrobat | Text | Word 7/12/2000


May 2000 Releases

Public Notice released in which the Bureau seeks comment on whether line count data for wire centers not receiving high-cost universal service support should be afforded confidential treatment. Previously, the Commission denied, to a limited extent, requests for confidential treatment of quarterly line count data at the wire center level for those wire centers receiving support. DA 00- 1068 (released May 12, 2000). Comments due June 26, 2000 and reply comments due July 17, 2000. Text | Word


April 2000 Releases

Commission clarifies how quarterly line count data will be incorporated in the new high-cost universal service support mechanism. CC Docket No. 96-45, FCC 00-126 (Released 4/7/00). Text | Word


Commission denies to a limited requests for confidential treatment of wire center line count data in wire centers receiving high-cost universal service support, CC Docket No. 96-45, FCC 00-125 (Released 4/7/00 ). Text


Common Carrier Bureau releases Interim Protective Order to facilitate review of wire center line count data. CC Docket No. 96-45, DA 00-773 , (released 4/7/00). Text | Word


Common Carrier Bureau releases estimated state-by-state universal service high-cost support amounts for non-rural carriers. CC Docket No. 96-45, DA 00-774 , (released 4/7/00). Text | Word | Excel


Public Notice establishing a comment cycle for GTE Midwest Incorporated and Spectra Communications Group, LLC seek a waiver of the definition of "Study Area" in Part 36 and section 69.3(E)(9) and 61.41(C) of the Commission's rules DA 00-743, Released 4/3/00. Text | Word


January 2000 Releases

Common Carrier Bureau announces procedures for releasing high-cost support amounts for non-rural carriers and revised model results. (CC Docket Nos. 96-45, 97-160; DA 00-110): Released 1/21/00. Text | Word Support Spreadsheet: Excel

1999

Commission postpones targeting of high-cost universal service support, Nineteenth Order on Reconsideration in CC Docket No. 96-45, and Dissenting Statement of Commissioner Furchtgott-Roth, FCC 99-396 Word | Text


November 1999 Releases

Commission releases an order adopting input values for the forward-looking high-cost model, cc Docket Nos. 96-45, 97-160, FCC 99-304 with appendices ZIP 11/2/99

Commission releases an order implementing a new forward-looking high-cost support mechanism for non-rural carriers, CC Docket No. 96-45, FCC 99-306 Text | WP51 11/2/99

Common Carrier Bureau releases state-by-state universal service high-cost support amounts for non-rural carriers and forward-looking cost model results, CC Docket Nos. 96-45, 97-160, DA 99-2399 Text Word Support Spreadsheet Excel 11/2/99

Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service seeks comment on phasing out the interim hold-harmless provision of the Commission's forward-looking high-cost support mechanism, CC Docket No. 96-45, Public Notice. FCC 990j2: Text | Word


September 1999 Releases

Common Carrier Bureau extends rural carrier re-certification filing deadline. (CC Docket No. 96-45) DA 99-1948: Text | Word 9/30/99

CCB agrees with Washington Commission's proposed service area designation, and grants the requested waiver to permit the disaggregation of federal high cost support currently given at the study area level. (CC Docket No. 96-45) DA 99-1844: Text | WordPerfect 9/15/99

Western Wireless Corporation petitions for designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier and for related waivers to provide services eligible for universal service support to Crow Reservation, Montana. Public Notice: Text | Word, 9/13/99

Commission adopts Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Promoting Deployment and Subscribership in Unserved and Underserved Areas, Including Tribal and Insular Areas. News Release: Text | Word97 FCC 99-204: Text | WordPerfect | Acrobat - Includes Appendix E 9/15/1999


August 1999 Releases

Accounting Policy Division, Common Carrier Bureau grants South Dakota Public Utilities Commission an extension of the dates for comments and replies on Western Wireless' Petition for Preemption of its order denying Western Wireless designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier. Order: Text | WordPerfect, 8/5/99


July 1999 Releases

Line count information from non-rural local exchange carriers and holding companies requested to estimate high cost support. (CC Dkt. Nos. 96-45, 97-160) DA 99-1406: Text | WordPerfect | Attachment: Excel 7/22/1999 Common Carrier Bureau Releases Revised Spreadsheet for Estimating Universal Service Support Using Proposed Input Values in the Forward-Looking Cost Model. (CC Dkt. Nos. 96-45, 97-160) DA 99-1322: Text | WordPerfect 7/2/1999


June 1999 Releases

Common Carrier Bureau Releases Preliminary Results Using Proposed Input Values in the Forward-Looking Cost Model for Universal Service (CC Dkt. Nos. 96-45, 97-160). Public Notice: Text | WordPerfect | Density Workbook: Excel | Wirecenter Workbook: Excel | Results Zip File (206 MB): Zip | Workfiles Zip File (107 MB): Zip 6/16/1999


May 1999 Releases

Commission Releases Order and Further Notice on High Cost Support Mechanism; FCC 99-119: Text | WordPerfect | Acrobat


and Further Notice on Cost Model Inputs, FCC 99-120 (without appendices): Text | WordPerfect | Acrobat
FCC 99-120 (including appendices): Zipped file containing WordPerfect, Word97, & Excel files, 531 KB 5/27/1999


February 1999 Releases

Common Carrier Bureau Releases Preliminary Common Input Values to Facilitate Selection of Final Input Values for the Forward-Looking Cost Model for Universal Service. Public Notice: Text | WordPerfect Spreadsheet: Excel 2/5/99


January 1999 Releases

Common Carrier Bureau Sends List of Rural Telephone Companies to the Universal Service Administrative Company for Purposes of Determining Federal Universal Service High Cost Support Beginning July 1, 1999. Public Notice: Text | WordPerfect, List of Rural Telephone Companies with Study Area Codes: Text | WordPerfect 1/4/99, 1/19/99

FCC Responds to GTE Requests in Two Filings in the Matter of Forward-Looking Mechanism for High Cost Support for Non-Rural LECs. Text | WordPerfect 1/11/99

1998

Common Carrier Bureau Announces the Location of the December 11, 1998 Workshop on Input Values to be Used to Estimate Forward-Looking Economic Costs for Purposes of Universal Service Support (CC Docket Nos. 96-45, 97-160). Text | WordPerfect 12/7/98

Commission Seeks Comment on Joint Board's Second Recommended Decision (comment date 12/23/98, reply date 1/13/99). 12/4/98

Common Carrier Bureau to Post on the Internet Modifications to the Forward-looking Economic Cost Model for Universal Service Support, CC Docket Nos. 96-45, 97-160. 12/17/98

Common Carrier Bureau Requests Outside Plant Structure and Cable Cost Data for High Cost Model. WordPerfect | Zip | underground and buried cable costs | copper and fiber cable costs | company data | density data 12/15/98

Common Carrier Bureau Announces Workshops on Input Values on December 1, 10, and 11, 1998. First workshop will discuss preliminary values in spreadsheet #1 for switching investment, corporate operations expenses and customer operations expenses. Workshops on December 10 and 11 will discuss preliminary values in spreadsheet #2 for plant specific and plant non-specific expenses and materials costs (copper and fiber cable, digital loop carriers (DLCs), serving area interfaces (SAIs)). 11/25/98, 12/8/98


November 1998 Releases

Joint Board Makes Universal Service Recommendations to FCC: Provides Guidance on Issues Concerning Support for Non-Rural Carriers that Serve High Cost Areas (CC Docket No. 96-45, FCC 98J-7). Text | WordPerfect | Acrobat | Public Notice | News Release & Statements 11/24/98

Western Wireless Petitions Commission for Clarification or Policy Change Regarding the Distribution of Federal Universal High Cost Support to Carriers. Text | WordPerfect 11/5/98

Joint Board Makes Universal Service Recommendations to FCC: Provides Guidance on Issues Concerning Support for Non-Rural Carriers that Serve High Cost Areas (CC Docket No. 96-45, FCC 98J-7). Text | WordPerfect | Acrobat | Public Notice | News Release & Statements 11/24/98


October 1998 Releases

Commission Takes Further Action to Ensure Fair and Efficient Administration of the Universal Service Support Mechanisms. (CC Docket No. 96-45, FCC 98-278) Text | WordPerfect | Acrobat | News Release | Furchtgott-Roth Statement 10/27/98

Commission Adopts Model Platform For Use in Determining Universal Service Support for High Cost Areas. (CC Docket Nos. 96-45 and 97-160, FCC 98-279) Text | WordPerfect | Acrobat | Furchtgott-Roth Statement | News Release 10/23/98

Revenue Benchmark Data Request Extension Order Granting Requests for Extensions of Time to Sprint and North State Telephone Company. Text | WordPerfect | Acrobat 10/14/98

Revenue Benchmark Data Request Extension Order -- extends the deadline for compliance and grants partial waivers as requested by certain LECs (Anchorage Telephone Utility, GTE, Puerto Rico Telephone Company, U S West, Roseville Telephone Company, North State Telephone Company). Text | WordPerfect | Acrobat 10/7/98


August 1998 Releases

Common Carrier Bureau Seeks Comment on the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission's and Twenty Rural Telecommunications Companies' Petition for Agreement with Designation of Rural Company Eligible Telecommunications Carrier Service Areas at the Exchange Level and for Approval of the Use of Disaggregation of Study Areas for the Purpose of Distributing Portable Federal Universal Service Support. Text | WordPerfect 8/26/98

Common Carrier Bureau Seeks Comment on Model Platform Development. WordPerfect | Acrobat 8/10/98

Revenue Benchmark Data Request Seeking Information from Non-Rural Local Exchange Carriers and Holding Companies ( Order with form for designating confidential information ). WordPerfect | Acrobat | Excel Spreadsheet 8/7/98

Common Carrier Bureau Announces New Date for Sending List of Rural Telephone Companies to the Universal Service Administrative Company. WordPerfect | Acrobat 8/7/98


July 1998 Releases

Protective Order (CC Docket Nos. 96-45, 97-160) to facilitate and expedite review of confidential documents submitted in the high cost proceeding, DA 98-1490. WordPerfect | Acrobat | Text 7/28/98

Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service to Convene an Open Meeting on Wednesday, July 29, 1998, in Seattle, Washington, CC Docket No. 96-45. 7/23/98

Common Carrier Bureau Announces the Release of Version 2.6 of an Engineering Process Model Known as the Hybrid Cost Proxy Model. HCPM is a hybrid model that represents the views of individual Commission staff members, and should not be interpreted as an official statement or a proposed Commission decision. 7/23/98

Commission Seeks Comment on GVNW Request for Clarification and/or Modification of Certain Provisions in Parts 32, 36, 54, and 69 of the Commission's Rules (CC Docket No. 96-45, DA 98-1421). WordPerfect | Acrobat 7/20/98

Order Referring Issues to Joint Board and Extending Non-Rural Implementation Date. (CC Docket No. 96-45, FCC 98-160). WordPerfect | Acrobat | News Release | Kennard Statement | Furchtgott-Roth Statement 7/17/98


June 1998 Releases

Commission Acknowledges Receipt of Letters Self-Certifying LECs as Rural Telephone Companies. WordPerfect | Acrobat 6/23/98


State High Cost Model Inputs, Outputs, and Comments (CC Docket Nos. 96-45 and 97-160, DA 98-217) as Received for: Hawaii, Illinois updated 6/11/98, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, and South Carolina. (All files in a single 8-MB zip file) File updates will be made available upon receipt. 6/11/98


Commission Holds En Banc Hearing June 8, 1998 on Proposals to Revise the Methodology for Determining Universal Service Support, CC Docket Nos. 96-45 and 97-160. Public Notice | Presentations


Common Carrier Bureau Releases Preliminary Results Using Proposed Input Values in the Forward-Looking Cost Model for Universal Service (CC Dkt. Nos. 96-45, 97-160). Public Notice: Text | WordPerfect | Density Workbook: Excel | Wirecenter Workbook: Excel | Results Zip File (206 MB): Zip | Workfiles Zip File (107 MB): Zip 6/16/1999


May 1998 Releases

Common Carrier Bureau Requests Further Comment on Selected Issues Regarding the Forward-looking Economic Cost Mechanism for Universal Service Support. WordPerfect | Acrobat 5/7/98


April 1998 Releases

Common Carrier Bureau Seeks Comment on Program to Monitor Impacts of Universal Service Support Mechanisms (DA 98-580). Acrobat - with forms | Zipped WordPerfect - without forms 4/27/98


Order Granting Extension of Filing Deadline for State Cost Studies (DA 98-788). WordPerfect | Acrobat 4/24/98


NRRI has released a study by David Gabel of Queens College that includes estimates of the forward-looking cost of switches using data obtained from the Common Carrier Bureau and other inputs, including cables, for use in proxy cost models. This study can be accessed on NRRI's home page. The inclusion of this link to Dr. Gabel's study does not constitute an endorsement of its results. 4/17/98


Common Carrier Bureau Seeks Comment on Proposals to Revise the Methodology for Determining Universal Service Support (DA 98-715). Text | WordPerfect | Acrobat 4/16/98


March 1998 Releases

Filing Format for State Cost Studies.
Text | WordPerfect | Acrobat | Inputs Spreadsheet (Excel) 3/2/98


February 1998 Releases

Carriers to File by April 30 Self-certification of Their Status as a Rural Telephone Company Based on Information from the Previous Year. 2/13/98


Notification of Final Date to File Amendments to Cost Models in Universal Service Proceeding for High Cost Support for Non-rural LECs (CC Docket Nos. 96-45 and 97-160). 2/5/98

 

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