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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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