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Timeline for Completion of Urban Rates Survey Announced

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Released: December 16, 2013


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Released: December 16, 2013

Wireline Competition Bureau Announces Timeline for Completion of Urban Rates Survey

WC Docket No. 10-90

On April 3, 2013, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) adopted an Order setting the form
and content for a survey of urban rates for fixed voice and fixed broadband residential services, required
by the USF/ICC Transformation Order. 1 The information collected in this survey will be used to
establish a rate floor for voice services that eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) receiving high-
cost loop support (HCLS) or frozen high-cost support must meet to receive their full support amounts,
and to develop benchmarks to help evaluate whether rates for fixed voice and broadband services in rural
areas are reasonably comparable to offerings in urban areas.
To obtain statistically valid samples, the Bureau will be collecting the rates offered by providers
of fixed services identified using the most recent FCC Form 477 data in 500 urban Census tracts. There
will be separate samples for fixed voice and fixed broadband services. Because some providers serve
many urban Census tracts, these providers may receive surveys for multiple Census tracts.
Notifications that a provider is required to complete a survey will be sent via email to each
selected provider’s FCC Form 477 contact person and certifying official on or around

December 16,

. The survey consists of an online reporting form which will be accessible only to the selected
providers. The email notification will provide detailed information on how to access and complete the
survey online report form and how to obtain technical assistance. Completed surveys will be due on

January 17, 2014

Additional information on the urban rates survey, including the orders referenced in this Public
Notice, can be found on the Commission’s urban rate survey webpage at Specific questions regarding the urban rates
survey should be sent to You can also contact the Industry Analysis and
Technology Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, by calling (202) 418-0940, (202) 418-0484 (tty).
For additional information about this Public Notice, please contact Jay Schwarz at (202) 418-0948 or
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1 Connect America Fund, WC Docket No. 10-90, Order, 28 FCC Rcd 4242 (Wireline Comp. Bur. and Wireless
Telecom. Bur. 2013); see Connect America Fund; A National Broadband Plan for Our Future; Establishing Just
and Reasonable Rates for Local Exchange Carriers; High-Cost Universal Service Support; Developing a Unified
Intercarrier Compensation Regime; Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service; Lifeline and Link-Up;
Universal Service Reform—Mobility Fund
; WC Docket Nos. 10-90, 07-135, 05-337, 03-109, CC Docket Nos. 01-
92, 96-45, GN Docket No. 09-51, WT Docket No. 10-208, Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking, 26 FCC Rcd 17663 (2011)(USF/ICC Transformation Order), pets. for review pending sub nom. In re:
FCC 11-161
, No. 11-9900 (10th Cir. argued Nov. 19, 2013).

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