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Universal Service Joint Board Staff Releases Monitoring Report

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Released: December 23, 2013

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See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

December 23, 2013
Mark Wigfield, 202-418-0253



Washington, D.C. – The staff of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service has released
its most recent Monitoring Report on Universal Service. This report contains information
designed to monitor the impact of various universal service support mechanisms, and the
methods used to finance them, based on data filed by the telephone industry with the Federal
Communications Commission through October 2013. This report, with a few exceptions,
reflects data filed with the FCC by the telephone industry for the year 2012 and prior years, and
projections for 2013.
A monitoring program was established in the mid-1980s, at the recommendation of the
Separations Joint Board, to track trends related to universal service and related matters. Since
then, Joint Board staff prepared Monitoring Reports at least once a year – a compendium of
statistical data on industry revenues, subscribership and penetration, universal service fund
contributions and payments, price indices, and network usage. The report is the only
Commission document that includes information on every incumbent local telephone company
in the nation. In 1998, the publication of this report was moved from the Separations Joint Board
staff to the Universal Service Joint Board staff. This is the seventeenth Monitoring Report from
the Universal Service Joint Board staff and the twenty-fourth overall.
The report may be downloaded at The document is only
available online.
For additional information about this report, please contact Jay Bennett by e-mail or by phone at (202) 418-0940.
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