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12/22/2011
Midcontinent Communications Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Midcontinent Communications for waiver of a filing deadline required by section 54.307(c) of the Commission’s rules for receipt of high-cost universal service support. Section 54.307(c) sets forth the deadline for a competitive eligible telecommunications carrier to file line count data with the Universal Service Administrative Company to receive high-cost universal service support.
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12/22/2011
Virgin Islands Telephone Corp. Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Virgin Islands Telephone Corp. d/b/a Innovative Telephone (Innovative) to waive the National Exchange Carrier Association's (NECA) rolling 24-month adjustment period and require that NECA recalculate Innovative's 2011 High Cost Loop Support (HCLS) based on corrected loop count data. Innovative claims that its 2009 loop count data submitted to NECA was inaccurate because Innovative had been erroneously including loops that were related to non-switched wideband services.
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12/22/2011
Citizens Tel Coop Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by Citizens Tel Coop for waiver of a filing deadline required by section 54.314(d) of the Commission’s rules for receipt of high-cost universal service support. Section 54.314(d), among other things, sets forth the deadline for a rural incumbent local exchange carrier that is not subject to state jurisdiction to file an annual certification with the Commission and the Universal Service Administrative Company stating that the carrier “will only use support for the provision, maintenance, and upgrading of facilities and services for which support is intended,” which is required for such a carrier to be eligible to receive high-cost universal service support.
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12/15/2011
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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