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Universal Service for High Cost Areas - Connect America Fund 2003 Headlines

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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