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Released: October 18, 2013
WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU ANNOUNCES AVAILABLILTY OF CONNECT
AMERICA FUND PHASE II WEBINAR RECORDINGS
WC Docket No. 10-90
As a part of its open, transparent and deliberative process to implement Connect America Fund
Phase II (Phase II),1 the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) presented three webinars about Phase II
to state public utility commissions on September 11, 12, and 25, 2013. The Bureau posted the staff
presentations associated with the webinars on the Commission's website last month.2 Today, the Bureau
announces that audio recordings for all three webinars are available at http://www.usac.org/hc/about/outreach/online-learning.aspx
The first webinar, titled "Connect America Phase II: Update on Implementation," provides an
overview of Phase II and the Bureau's progress in implementing Phase II.
The second webinar, titled "Connect America Cost Model Overview," addresses the Connect
America Fund Phase II cost model. The webinar provides an overview of the model, the resources
available to better understand the model, and information on how to access the model.
1 Connect America Fund Phase II will provide ongoing support to areas served by price cap carriers, including areas
currently lacking broadband-capable infrastructure, using "a combination of a forward-looking broadband cost
model and competitive bidding." Connect America Fund et al.
, WC Docket No. 10-90 et al., Report and Order and
Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 26 FCC Rcd 17663, 17673-74, paras. 23-25 (2011), pets. for review
pending sub nom. In re: FCC 11-161
, No. 11-9900 (10th Cir. filed Dec. 8, 2011).
2 See Wireline Competition Bureau Announces Availability of Staff Presentations Regarding Connect America
, WC Docket No. 10-90, Public Notice, DA 13-1919 (Wireline Comp. Bur. rel. Sept. 17, 2013); Wireline
Competition Bureau Announces Availability of Additional Staff Presentation Regarding Connect America Fund
, WC Docket No. 10-90, Public Notice, DA 13-2015 (Wireline Comp. Bur. rel. Sept. 30, 2013). These staff
presentations were also submitted into the record in WC Docket No. 10-90. See
Letter from Michael J. Jacobs,
Legal Advisor to the Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, to Marlene H.
Dortch, Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, WC Docket No. 10-90 (filed Sept. 17, 2013); Letter from
Michael J. Jacobs, Legal Advisor to the Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications
Commission, to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, WC Docket No. 10-90 (filed
Sept. 30, 2013).
The third webinar, titled "Connect America Fund Phase II Challenge Process," describes the
process by which parties can challenge whether an area is served by an unsubsidized competitor for
purposes of determining eligible areas for Phase II funding.3
To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (braille, large print,
electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to email@example.com
or call the Consumer & Governmental
Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).
For further information, please contact Heidi Lankau in the Wireline Competition Bureau at (202)
418-2876 or via e-mail at Heidi.Lankau@fcc.gov
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3 See Connect America Fund
, WC Docket No. 10-90, Report and Order, 28 FCC Rcd 7211 (Wireline Comp. Bur.
2013) (adopting the framework for the Phase II challenge process).