Federal Communications Commission
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Released: October 31, 2013
OVER $32 MILLION OF CONNECT AMERICA FUNDING AUTHORIZED TO CONNECT
UNSERVED HOMES AND BUSINESSES IN ALASKA, HAWAII, AND PUERTO RICO
WC Docket No. 10-90
By this public notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) authorizes funding for the
second round of Connect America Phase I, in response to elections from three price cap carriers: Alaska
Communications Systems (ACS), Hawaiian Telecom, and Puerto Rico Telephone Company (PRTC).
Each of these three carriers elected to accept a second round of Phase I funding.1 Because no parties
challenged the elections of ACS, Hawaiian Telecom, or PRTC, funding is hereby authorized for these
elections, and upon release of this Public Notice, the Universal Service Administrative Company is
authorized and directed to distribute Connect America Phase I incremental support to those carriers in the
amounts specified in Attachment 1.2 These carriers will receive a total of $32,764,769 to spur the
deployment of broadband-capable networks in two states and one U.S. territory.
ACS had challenged the National Broadband Map’s designation of 52 census blocks as being
served by Internet access with speeds of at least 3 Mbps/768 kbps.3 These blocks are shown on the map
as served by Yukon Tech d/b/a BBN, a fixed wireless Internet service provider. ACS alleges that BBN
does not offer speeds of at least 3 Mbps/768 kbps.4 As evidence, ACS submits advertising materials from
1 Letter from Ruth Willard, Senior Director Revenue Management, Alaska Communications Systems, to Marlene H.
Dortch, Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, WC Docket No. 10-90 (filed Aug. 20, 2013) (ACS
Election Letter); Letter from Kevin T. Paul, Senior Vice President – Technology, Hawaiian Telecom, to Marlene H.
Dortch, Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, WC Docket No. 10-90 (filed Aug. 16, 2013); Letter from
Mario R. Barrera, Chief Operating Officer, Puerto Rico Telephone Company, to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary,
Federal Communications Commission, WC Docket No. 10-90 (filed Aug. 20, 2013); Letter from Thomas J. Navin,
Counsel for Puerto Rico Telephone Company, to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, Federal Communications
Commission, WC Docket No. 10-90 (filed Aug. 23, 2013).
2 Each carrier is obligated to deploy broadband-capable infrastructure to a sufficient number of locations to satisfy
its buildout obligations. Deployments must conform with the rules for the second round of Phase I, including, but
not limited to, the requirement that deployments take place in areas shown on the National Broadband Map as
unserved by fixed Internet access with speeds of 3 Mbps downstream and 768 kbps upstream (3 Mbps/768 kbps) or
in areas where the National Broadband Map’s speed designation was successfully challenged. This authorization of
funding does not constitute a ruling by the Bureau that any given census block indicated in a carrier’s election
contains eligible locations. Carriers will be required to certify in their two- and three-year milestone reports that the
deployment locations met all the required criteria.
3 ACS Election Letter at 1. Neither PRTC nor Hawaiian Telecom indicated that they were challenging the National
Broadband Map’s designation of any census blocks as served by Internet access with speeds of at least 3 Mbps/768
BBN’s website showing a maximum upload speed of 512 kbps, below the required threshold of 768
kbps.5 BBN did not respond to ACS’s allegations. Given the evidence presented by ACS, combined with
the lack of any evidence to the contrary from BBN, the Bureau concludes that it is more likely than not
that the census blocks challenged by ACS are not currently served by fixed Internet access with speeds of
at least 3 Mbps/768 kbps. A list of these blocks is included as Attachment 2 to this Public Notice.6
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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).
For further information, please contact Ryan Yates, Telecommunications Access Policy Division,
Wireline Competition Bureau at 202-418-7400, TTY (202) 418-0484, or at Ryan.Yates@fcc.gov
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at 1-2 & Attach.
6 Locations in these blocks will be treated as if they were shown on the National Broadband Map as served by
Internet access with speeds of 768 kbps/200 kbps, but lacking 3 Mbps/768 kbps Internet access.
Connect America Phase I Round Two Authorized Amounts
ACS of the Northland, LLC
Hawaiian Telecom, Inc.
Puerto Rico Telephone
ACS Census Blocks – Challenge Granted