Just So You Know

"Just So You Know" are short and quick updates (local rate floor freeze, FCC filing site down, FCC filing delayed, etc)

Published: 4/16/2019
Views: 1570
As mentioned in the April 15, 2019, GVNW Just So You Know publication, the FCC has eliminated the Local Rate Floor rule that has been in effect since 2011. The Order released on April 15, 2019, further explains that the FCC will continue to monitor residential local rates for a period of one year by continuing to require the accompanying reporting obligations. After July 1, 2020, Local Rate Floor reporting requirements will be eliminated.   Read More...

Published: 4/15/2019
Views: 1551
On April 12, 2019, the FCC eliminated the Local Rate Floor rule that has been in effect since 2011. Had the FCC not eliminated the rule, many rural consumers would have seen their local phone bill increase from $18 to $26.98 on July 1, 2019.   Read More...

Published: 4/1/2019
Views: 1853
Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs) and/or certifying state commissions (“state entities”) are required to submit updated Study Area Boundary data by March 15 of each year, showing any changes made by December 31 of the previous year.   Read More...

Published: 1/18/2019
Views: 2085
A reminder that all carriers that utilize the National Portability Administration Center (NPAC) database due to either porting or pooling must comply with the new Annual Continuation Qualification (ACQ) requirements by keeping the information on file with iconectiv current and attesting to such.   Read More...

Published: 1/11/2019
Views: 2034
A reminder that carriers participating in Connect America Fund (CAF) programs with set broadband deployment obligations must file geocoded data via USAC’s HUBB portal by March 1, 2019. The filing will consist of the latitude and longitude coordinates for every location passed (not actual subscribers) where broadband service was newly deployed or upgraded in 2018.   Read More...

Published: 10/9/2018
Views: 1245
A reminder that beginning December 1, 2018, the Lifeline minimum service standards will increase as follows:   Read More...

Published: 9/27/2018
Views: 1763
If you recall, the FCC released an Order that was effective August 11, 2016 requiring Covered Providers to notify residential non-line powered subscribers (i.e. those served via fiber, fixed wireless, etc.) of service limitations in the event of a power outage. Notification must be provided to affected customers at the Point of Sale and annually.   Read More...

Published: 7/25/2018
Views: 1441
On July 13, 2018, the FCC released an Order that (1) eliminated the last of the Dialing Parity rule and (2) eased the “N-1” rule. The amended rules will be effective 30 days after the Order is published in the Federal Register.   Read More...

Published: 6/13/2018
Views: 1557
A reminder that beginning July 1, 2018, Lifeline service providers in all states and territories are required to use the FCC’s new Lifeline consumer forms which consist of the Lifeline Application Form, Lifeline Annual Recertification Form, and the Lifeline Household Worksheet.   Read More...

Published: 6/12/2018
Views: 1769
Net neutrality rules go into effect today, June 11, 2018. The new rules require Internet Service Providers (“ISPs”) to disclose network management practices either through transparency disclosures that are accessible through the ISPs website or through the new database established by the Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau at https://www.fcc.gov/disclosure-instructions-isps#block-menu-block-4.   Read More...

Published: 6/7/2018
Views: 1595
The Wireline Competition Bureau announced yesterday, on its own motion, that it was granting a brief, limited waiver of the filing deadline for the annual eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) reporting requirements under section 54.313(j) of the Commission’s rules.   Read More...

Published: 5/10/2018
Views: 1661
The Wireline Competition Bureau announced the revised A-CAM offer on May 7, 2018. Click Here to view the report that lists the revised state-level offers along with the revised deployment obligations.   Read More...

Published: 4/6/2018
Views: 1781
A reminder that the FCC Form 481 is due July 2, 2018. All ETCs participating in the High Cost and/or Lifeline programs (except Mobility Fund Phase I participants) must file the Form 481 annually. Updated instructions are now available and ETCs are able to log into the USAC E-File portal and access the 481.   Read More...

Published: 3/19/2018
Views: 1698
A reminder that the online Form 183 Application for the CAF Phase II Auction is now available at https://auctionsignon.fcc.gov/signon/index.htm. In order to access the online Form 183 and to start filling out the application, carriers will need to use their FRN and password.   Read More...

Published: 2/1/2018
Views: 1778
A reminder that carriers who participate in the Connect American Fund programs are required to report geolocated deployment data for newly deployed or upgraded locations.   Read More...

Published: 11/30/2017
Views: 2096
Lifeline-Supported Services Minimum Standards
A reminder that beginning December 1, 2017, the Lifeline minimum service standards will increase as follows   Read More...

Published: 11/10/2017
Views: 1917
2018 Urban Rates for Voice & Broadband Services
On November 8, 2017 the FCC released a Public Notice regarding the 2018 reasonable comparability benchmarks for fixed voice and broadband services for ETC's.   Read More...

Published: 10/24/2017
Views: 741
No More International Traffic & Revenue Reports
As you may recall, the FCC released a temporary waiver earlier this year with regards to the International Traffic & Revenue reporting requirement that has historically been due July 31 annually.   Read More...

Published: 9/1/2017
Views: 861
Lifeline Process Updates
As a reminder, beginning August 2017 (September 1 snapshot) FCC Form 497s will not be processed if the number of Lifeline subscribers claimed is higher than the NLAD snapshot. Subscribers claimed on the FCC Form 497 from here on out will need to be equal to or less than the NLAD subscriber count. 497 filings for NLAD opt-out states (CA, TX, OR, VT) are not affected by this process change at this time.   Read More...

Published: 7/28/2017
Views: 777
Competitive Overlap Challenge
As you may be aware, the Wireline Competition Bureau has announced that the updated June 30, 2016 Form 477 data will be the data used for the competitive overlap challenge processes for the CAF-BLS and the Alaska Plan.   Read More...

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