Federal Communications Commission
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445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
Released: April 10, 2013
WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU SEEKS COMMENT ON THE
UNITED STATES TELECOM ASSOCIATION PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION AND
CLARIFICATION OF CERTAIN HIGH-COST UNIVERSAL SERVICE REPORTING RULES
WC Docket No. 10-90
Comment Date: May 10, 2013
Reply Comment Date: May 28, 2013
The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by US Telecom Association
(USTelecom)1 for reconsideration and clarification of two high-cost universal service rules. First,
USTelecom seeks reconsideration and clarification of certain parts of section 54.313 of the Commission’s
rules, which outlines the filing requirements for eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) for
eligibility to receive high cost universal service support, and their application to ETCs.2 Second,
USTelecom seeks reconsideration and clarification of various aspects of the proposed FCC Form 481 and
accompanying instructions, for which the Bureau is currently seeking approval from the Office of
Management and Budget under the Paperwork Reduction Act.3
Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission’s rules, interested parties may file
comments on or before the dates indicated above.4 Comments may be filed using the Commission’s
Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS).5
Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the
1 US Telecom Association Petition for Reconsideration and Clarification, WC Docket No.10-90 (filed Apr 4, 2013)
Petition at 1-4; 47 C.F.R. § 54.313.
Petition at 5-6.
4 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.415, 1.419.
5 See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings
, GC Docket No. 97-113, Report and Order, 13
FCC Rcd 11322 (1998).
Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each
filing. If more than one docket or rulemaking number appears in the caption of this proceeding,
filers must submit two additional copies for each additional docket or rulemaking number.
Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-
class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail. All filings must be addressed to the Commission’s Secretary,
Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.
All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission’s Secretary must be
delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St., SW, Room TW-A325, Washington, DC 20554.
The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All hand deliveries must be held together with rubber
bands or fasteners. Any envelopes and boxes must be disposed of before entering the building.
Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must
be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.
U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 445 12th Street,
SW, Washington DC 20554.
People with Disabilities: To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities
(Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call the
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (tty).
In addition, one copy of each pleading must be sent to each of the following:
(1) Abdel Eqab, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th
Street, S.W., Room 5-B431, Washington, D.C. 20554; e-mail: Abdel-Hamid.Eqab@fcc.gov;
(2) Charles Tyler, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th
Street, S.W., Room 5-A452, Washington, D.C. 20554; e-mail: Charles.Tyler@fcc.gov
The proceeding this Notice initiates shall be treated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in
accordance with the Commission’s ex parte
rules.6 Persons making ex parte
presentations must file a
copy of any written presentation or a memorandum summarizing any oral presentation within two
business days after the presentation (unless a different deadline applicable to the Sunshine period applies).
Persons making oral ex parte
presentations are reminded that memoranda summarizing the presentation
must (1) list all persons attending or otherwise participating in the meeting at which the ex parte
presentation was made, and (2) summarize all data presented and arguments made during the
presentation. If the presentation consisted in whole or in part of the presentation of data or arguments
already reflected in the presenter’s written comments, memoranda or other filings in the proceeding, the
presenter may provide citations to such data or arguments in his or her prior comments, memoranda, or
other filings (specifying the relevant page and/or paragraph numbers where such data or arguments can be
found) in lieu of summarizing them in the memorandum. Documents shown or given to Commission
staff during ex parte
meetings are deemed to be written ex parte
presentations and must be filed
consistent with rule 1.1206(b). In proceedings governed by rule 1.49(f) or for which the Commission has
6 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.
made available a method of electronic filing, written ex parte
presentations and memoranda summarizing
oral ex parte
presentations, and all attachments thereto, must be filed through the electronic comment
filing system available for that proceeding, and must be filed in their native format (e.g.
, .doc, .xml, .ppt,
searchable .pdf). Participants in this proceeding should familiarize themselves with the Commission’s ex
For further information, please contact Abdel Eqab, Telecommunications Access Policy Division,
Wireline Competition Bureau at (202) 418-7400 or TTY (202) 418-0484.
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