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Published: 7/11/2018
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Election Process for 2019 USAC-Elected Recertification
For those carriers electing to have USAC perform their rolling Lifeline recertification, it is necessary to elect USAC using the online election form. The election period for USAC-elected recertification is open from July 16, 2018 to August 31, 2018.   Read More...
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Published: 6/8/2018
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Addendum To G-Point Key Dates For Fcc Forbearance Of The Contribution Assessment On Broadband For Rate-Of-Return Carriers
Yesterday GVNW announced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted forbearance (Press Release) from applying the USF contribution requirements to rural LEC-provided broadband Internet access transmission services offered on a common carrier basis.   Read More...
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Published: 6/7/2018
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FCC Eliminates Usf Contribution Assessment On Broadband For Rate-Of-Return Carriers
In response to a Petition for Forbearance filed by NTCA and USTelecom, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted forbearance (Press Release) from applying the USF contribution requirements to rural LEC-provided broadband Internet access transmission services offered on a common carrier basis.   Read More...
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Published: 5/30/2018
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At June Meeting, Fcc Expected To Eliminate Usf Contribution Assessment On Broadband For Rate-Of-Return Carriers
In response to a Petition for Forbearance filed by NTCA and USTelecom, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to grant forbearance from applying the USF contribution requirements to rural LEC-provided broadband internet access transmission services offered on a common carrier basis.   Read More...
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Published: 3/28/2018
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FCC Takes Action on USF Issues
On March 23, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission adopted an order intended to ensure that high-cost universal service support provided to eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) is used only for the provision, maintenance, and upgrading of facilities and services for which the high-cost support is intended.   Read More...
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Published: 3/1/2018
Views: 729
Procedures Set For Mobility Fund Phase II Challenge Process And Dates For Challenge Window Set
On February 27, 2018, the Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force, along with the Wireline Competition Bureau and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, established the procedures for the Mobile Fund Phase II challenge process and published the map of areas presumptively eligible for Mobility Fund Phase II (MF-II) support (initial eligible areas map).   Read More...
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Published: 2/15/2018
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Access Request Form For The Mobility Fund Phase Ii Challenge Process Portal Is Now Available
On February 14, 2018, the Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force, along with the Wireline Competition Bureau and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, announced that a web-based form is now available for eligible mobile service providers or government entities (state, local, or Tribal) to request access to the Universal Service Administration Company’s challenge process portal.   Read More...
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Published: 1/30/2018
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CAF Phase II Auction (903) Dates and Procedures Set by FCC
On January 30, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) adopted an order that set the date for the highly anticipated CAF Phase II Auction and the procedures on how it will take place. Below is a brief summary of the relevant dates and some of the procedures set for the auction.   Read More...
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Published: 12/20/2017
Views: 1036
Net Neutrality Information For Clients To Use With Customers
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently rescinded its Net Neutrality rules. The following are suggestions for how your company may deal with questions from customers about what impact the FCC’s decision might have on the internet and their services with your company.   Read More...
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Published: 4/5/2017
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Congressional Review Act Resolution Repealing FCC’s Privacy Rules Signed into Law
On March 28, on highly partisan votes, the U.S. House of Representatives, following action by the U.S. Senate a week earlier, passed a joint resolution of congressional disapproval that wipes the FCC’s new broadband privacy regulations out of the rulebook. The President signed the legislation on April 3, putting it into effect.   Read More...
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Published: 3/8/2017
Views: 2607
FCC Grants Waiver From Enhanced Reporting Requirements For Small BIAS Providers With 250,000 Or Fewer Broadband Connections
On March 2, 2017, the Federal Communication Commission (“FCC”) released an Order that the FCC originally adopted in February that grants a waiver from the 2015 Open Internet Order’s enhanced reporting requirements for BIAS providers.   Read More...
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Published: 2/27/2017
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FCC Extends High Cost Universal Broadband “HUBB” Portal Filing Deadlines for Connect America Recipients
On February 24, 2017, the Federal Communication Commission (“FCC”) released an Order extending the March 1, 2017 High Cost Universal Broadband (“HUBB”) Portal filing deadlines for Connect America Fund support recipients regarding their broadband deployment location reporting obligations.   Read More...
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Published: 1/9/2017
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Follow-up on Changes to the Federal Lifeline Program
The FCC issued an Order on January 6, 2017 clarifying that ETCs that do not already have a standalone Broadband Internet Access Service (BIAS) offering in areas where they receive high-cost support are not required to create a new standalone Lifeline BIAS offering as a result of the 2016 Lifeline Modernization Order.   Read More...
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Published: 12/14/2016
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FCC Releases Guidance Regarding Broadband Deployment Location Reporting Obligations
On December 8, 2016, the Federal Communication Commission (“FCC”) released a Public Notice providing guidance to Connect America Fund support recipients regarding their broadband deployment location reporting obligations.   Read More...
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Published: 12/7/2016
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Follow-up on Changes to the Federal Lifeline Program
You may recall that the FCC released an Order on April 27, 2016 that made significant changes to the Federal Lifeline program. As a reminder, the following rules became effective on December 2, 2016.   Read More...
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Published: 7/28/2016
Views: 2962
Obligations to Offer Backup Power Options and Provide Disclosure Information Regarding Backup Power Use During Power Outages
As a reminder, the FCC's Battery Backup Rules take effect on August 11, 2016, for small providers with 100,000 or fewer customer lines. The new rules focus narrowly on providers of any facilities-based, fixed voice service that is intended as a residential service and is not line-powered ("Covered Providers").   Read More...
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Published: 5/20/2016
Views: 3280
Changes to the Federal Lifeline Program
On March 31, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) adopted an order that reformed its Lifeline program. The text of the order was not released until April 27, 2016. The new order sets a lifeline budget of $2.25 billion that will be annually adjusted for inflation.   Read More...
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Published: 4/12/2016
Views: 3697
May 2 Deadline for ETCs to Elect to have USAC Perform Lifeline Recertification
As was true last year, ETCs are being offered the opportunity to have the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) perform Lifeline recertification for your Lifeline subscribers in 2016 https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-347A1.pdf.   Read More...
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Published: 2/17/2016
Views: 3841
FCC Provides Backup Power Disclosure Template
Last month the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the backup power consumer disclosure rule it adopted in its IP Transition Report and Order. OMB must approve the rule under the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act before it can go into effect.   Read More...
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Published: 2/10/2016
Views: 3942
FCC Enforcement Bureau Issues Advisory Regarding Annual CPNI Certifications Due By March 1, 2016
The Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) Enforcement Bureau (“Bureau”) has posted an advisory notice to remind telecommunications carriers and interconnected VOIP providers that certifications for compliance with rules relating to Customer Proprietary Network Information (“CPNI”) are due by March 1, 2016.   Read More...
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