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12/27/2012
Accipiter Communications, Inc., Follow Up Letter: This letter to Accipiter Communications, Inc. requests additional information to enable the Wireline Competition Bureau to complete its analysis of Accipiter's petition for waiver of certain Commission rules.
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12/27/2012
Connect America Phase II Footprint Challenge Process Public Notice: Sought comment on procedures for challenging a census block’s eligibility to receive Connect America Phase II support. Also sought comment on procedures for carriers to accept a statewide commitment in Connect America Phase II.
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12/26/2012
South Central Telephone Association, Inc. Public Notice: Public Notice seeking comment on a petition filed by South Central Telephone Association, Inc. requesting waiver of section 54.302 of the Commission’s rules and the Commission’s rule limiting reimbursable costs for purposes of determining high cost loop support.
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12/20/2012
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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