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FCC Seeks Public Input on Intercarrier Service, Universal Service Fund Reform

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Released: March 15, 2011


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DA 11-502

Released: March 15, 2011



FCC Commissioners Seek Public Input in Series of Workshops Aimed at Helping Shape


CC Docket Nos. 96-45, 01-92,

WC Docket Nos. 03-109, 05-337, 07-135, 10-90 and

GN Docket No. 09-51

On February 8, 2011, the Commission unanimously adopted a Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on proposals to
fundamentally modernize the Commission's intercarrier compensation (ICC) system and Universal
Service Fund Reform (USF).1 At that time, the Commission made clear its commitment to reforming
USF and ICC. This week, in a joint blog post, Chairman Genachowski, and Commissioners Copps,
McDowell, Clyburn, and Baker reiterated their commitment to reforming USF and ICC "as soon as
possible" and to do so in "an open, public, and participatory process." 2
To this end, the Commissioners announced that they all "look forward to moving to an
Order within a few months" after the record is complete in late May. They also announced the first
in a series of workshops to identify solutions for reform and promote an open dialogue. The first
workshop is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 in the Commission
Meeting Room (TW-C305), 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C.
The April 6th workshop will focus on intercarrier compensation, including phantom traffic
and access stimulation, the appropriate ICC framework for voice over Internet protocol (VoIP)
traffic, and options for developing a recovery mechanism as part of comprehensive reform. Panelists
participating in the workshop are expected to come prepared to discuss responses to reform
proposals, and are welcome to bring new ideas to the table. Additional details concerning the
workshop agenda and panelists will be forthcoming.
The workshop will be free and open to the public, and will also be streamed live at Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon

1 See Connect America Fund, WC Docket No. 10-90, A National Broadband Plan for Our Future, GN Docket
No. 09-51, Establishing Just and Reasonable Rates for Local Exchange Carriers, WC Docket No. 07-135,
High-Cost Universal Service Support, WC Docket No. 05-337, Developing an Unified Intercarrier
Compensation Regime
, CC Docket No. 01-92), Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, CC Docket
No. 96-45), Lifeline and Link-Up, WC Docket No. 03-109, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Further Notice
of Proposed Rulemaking, FCC 11-13 (rel. Feb. 9, 2011) (USF/ICC Transformation NPRM). The Chairman
expressed his plan to move expeditiously, and recognized that "there will be ample opportunity for input from
all, including through public workshops on key issues." See id. at Attach. Separate Statement of Chairman
Julius Genachowski

request. The request should include a detailed description of the accommodation needed and contact
information. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible in order to allow
the agency to satisfy such requests whenever possible. Send an email to or call the
Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY).
For further information, contact Randy Clarke of the Wireline Competition Bureau or
Victoria Goldberg in the Pricing Policy Division of the Wireline Competition Bureau at (202) 418-
1520, or via e-mail at or
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