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WCB Announces Availability of CAM Capex Workbook Tutorial Video

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Released: July 9, 2013


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DA 13-1538

Released: July 9, 2013



WC Docket No. 10-90

Today, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) announces the availability of the
CACM/CAM Input Walkthrough Tutorial Series, a tutorial video designed to assist parties accessing
and utilizing the Connect America Cost Model (CAM). Specifically, the tutorial video reviews
version 10 of the capital expenditures workbook (Capex V10) to help parties better understand the
structure and inputs contained in the workbook.
The inputs discussed in the tutorial video provide the basis to determine the investments
made to construct a fiber to the premises (FTTP) network.1 In particular, the tutorial discusses the
relevant inputs for structure material, fiber material, and other FTTP materials, as well as the inputs
regarding the levels of plant sharing under the forward-looking assumptions within the CAM.2 The
tutorial also reviews the inputs for labor and material loading, capturing the additional costs
associated with the network build beyond just the material costs. Finally, the tutorial examines the
inputs associated with switching costs, middle mile and central office materials, and land and
building costs. As the tutorial explains, these inputs are separated into dedicated tabs in the Capex
V10 workbook; once the company-specific values are loaded into the respective input tabs, these
values are funneled into the "Model Inputs" tab, which captures the complete data set that will be
imported into the CAM for processing.
Parties should follow the same procedures to access the CAM tutorial video as the Bureau
has announced for previous versions of the CAM. In particular, parties may view the video by
visiting or and
navigating to the Resources page. In order to access the tutorial video, parties must execute the
relevant acknowledgement of confidentiality, licensing, and nondisclosure documents released as
attachments to a Third Supplemental Protective Order. 3

1 Earlier this year, the Bureau released an order adopting key engineering assumptions for the CAM, which
concluded that modeled costs will reflect an IP-based FTTP network capable of providing both voice and
broadband. See Connect America Fund; High-Cost Universal Service Support, WC Docket Nos. 10-90, 05-
337, Report and Order, 28 FCC Rcd 5301 (Wireline Comp. Bur. 2013). Consistent with this approach, the
Bureau has sought public comment on a number of relevant FTTP input values for use in the CAM. See WCB
Cost Model Virtual Workshop 2012, (last
visited July 2, 2013).
2 Structure material inputs include both aerial structure and underground materials, while fiber material inputs
include the cost of cables, drops, and central office termination. Other FTTP materials consist of optical
network termination units, fiber drop terminals, fiber splitters, and optical line terminals.
3 See Connect America Fund, WC Docket No. 10-90, Third Supplemental Protective Order, 27 FCC Rcd
15277 (Wireline Comp. Bur. 2012).

For further information, please contact Katie King in the Wireline Competition Bureau at
(202) 418-1500, or via e-mail at
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