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Default Comment Cycle for USF Contribution Appeals

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Released: July 2, 2014


Federal Communications Commission

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DA 14-957

Release Date: July 2, 2014



WC Docket No. 06-122

The Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) announces that effective immediately, it will begin

applying the default comment cycle in section 1.45 of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. § 1.45, to

requests for review of decisions by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) concerning

contributions to the Universal Service Fund (USF).1

The default comment cycle provides ten (10) days

for comments after the original appeal is filed, and five (5) days for replies.2

The Bureau may extend the

comment cycle by public notice in individual cases if a particular request for review raises complex or

difficult issues of industry-wide significance to allow commenters sufficient time to fully respond to the

issues presented. Interested parties, however, should not assume that the Bureau will so extend the

comment period for any given request for review.3

Interested parties can monitor the filing of requests for review of USAC contributions decisions

through the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) at

For further information, please contact Carol Pomponio, Telecommunications Access Policy

Division, Wireline Competition Bureau at (202) 418-7400 or TTY (202) 418-0484, or

1 See 47 C.F.R. § 54.722. Requests for review of USAC contributions decisions are filed in WC Docket No. 06-122.

2 47 C.F.R. §1.45.

3 See, e.g., Wireline Competition Bureau Waives Default Comment Cycle for Petition to Reverse Forbearance From

Dominant Carrier Regulation Of Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers' Non-TDM-Based Special Access Services,

WC Docket No. 05-25, RM-10593, Public Notice, 27 FCC Rcd 14028 (2012). Commission rules also allow

interested parties to request an extension of time in which to file comments, though such extensions are not routinely

granted. See 47 C.F.R.§ 1.46. For a limited time following this Public Notice, the Bureau may issue public notices

reminding parties of the default comment deadlines when a new request for review is filed, but parties should not

rely on the Bureau issuing such public notices.

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