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Rate-of-Return Resources

RATE-OF-RETURN CARRIER RESOURCES

These resources have been compiled for Eligible Telecommunications Carriers designated as a rate-of-return carrier related to the implementation of CAF.

Visit the Connect America Home Page to view releases applicable to all recipients of Connect America support.

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General Releases

Alternative Connect America Cost Model

Connect America Fund Phase II support for price cap carriers will be provided using a combination of a forward-looking broadband cost model and competitive bidding. The Commission has also sought comment on using a cost model to facilitate the provision of Connect America support to rate-of-return carriers that voluntarily elect to transition to model-based support.

Alternative Connect America Cost Model Resources Alternative Connect America Cost Model Public Notices and Illustrative Results

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Waiver Orders

In the USF/ICC Transformation Order, the Commission instituted a waiver process to allow any carrier negatively affected by universal service reforms to file a petition for waiver. When considering waiver petitions, the Commission will evaluate the impact of reforms on the continued operation of voice and broadband services, and the effect on consumer rates.

Benchmarks

In April 2014, the Commission eliminated the High-Cost Loop Support (HCLS) benchmarking rule. The HCLS benchmarking rule placed overall limits on capital and operating expenses eligible for HCLS reimbursement, and redistributed freed up HCLS to carriers that stayed within these limits. Updated: June 17, 2015
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