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Published: 2/10/2016
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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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Published: 1/22/2016
Views: 4070
New Lifeline Rules Become Effective On Or After February 4, 2016
The Wireline Competition Bureau (“Bureau”) has announced that the rules set forth in the 2015 Lifeline Reform Order, released on June 22, 2015, have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”), and that the announcement of the OMB approval of the rules will be sent to the Federal Register on February 4, 2016.   Read More...
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Published: 11/18/2015
Views: 4754
Federal District Court Dismisses Claims By Sprint And Verizon Regarding Intramta Wireless Rule Relating To Access Charges
On November 17, 2015, a Federal District Court dismissed Sprint and Verizon’s claims that Local Exchange Carriers (“LECs”) are unlawfully charging them IXC access charges for IntraMTA wireless calls that originate and terminate in the same MTA.   Read More...
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Published: 11/6/2015
Views: 4801
Rural Exemption Excludes Small Telephone Companies From Fcc’s New Copper Retirement Notice Requirement Rules
On October 19, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) new Copper Retirement Notice Requirement Rules, adopted August 7, 2015, were published in the Federal Register. It was hoped by many in the industry that along with the publication of the rules there would be a clarification that small carriers whose rural exemption remains intact are exempt from the new copper retirement notice requirements.   Read More...
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Published: 10/22/2015
Views: 5085
FCC Reminds High-Cost Support Reciepents That Support Must Be Used For Its Intended Purposes
The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a Public Notice on October 19th to remind High-Cost Support Recipients that support funds are to be used only for its intended purposes of maintaining and extending communications service to rural, high-cost areas of the nation.   Read More...
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Published: 7/21/2015
Views: 5293
The Fcc’s New Rules For Document Retention For Initial Lifeline Eligibility And For A Uniform Snapshot Date For Reimbursements
On June 22, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released the Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Order on Reconsideration, Second Report and Order, and Memorandum Opinion and Order that changed a few things with regards to the Lifeline program. The Order was subsequently published in the Federal Register and will be effective on August 13, 2015. The following are some of the high-lights from the recent Lifeline Order:   Read More...
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Published: 6/18/2015
Views: 4583
600 MHz incentive auction - Rural Bidding Credit
The upcoming FCC 600MHz may be of interest to many rural companies throughout the United States. The 600MHz block of spectrum, much like the valuable 700MHz spectrum that was auctioned a few years ago, will be highly sought after for its propagation characteristics (it goes through walls and buildings better than spectrum higher in the spectrum range).   Read More...
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Published: 3/12/2015
Views: 4705
Wireline Competition Bureau Releases Alternative Connect America Model Version 1.01
The Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") in April 2014 proposed a transition framework for a voluntary election by rate-of-return carriers to receive model-based support. At that time the Commission directed the Wireline Competition Bureau ("Bureau") to make adjustments to the Connect America Cost Model ("CAM") so that it could be used in rate-of-return areas.   Read More...
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Published: 3/5/2015
Views: 4690
Biennial Recertification Of Study Area Boundary Or Update
Companies will recall that the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau ("Bureau") previously required each incumbent local exchange carrier ("ILEC") to submit online with the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") a map containing its service boundary area, at the exchange area level, along with a certification that the information was accurate.   Read More...
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Published: 1/23/2015
Views: 3094
Schools And Libraries 2015 E-Rate Funding Year Bidding Process
USAC has opened the Schools and Libraries E-rate Program Form 471 filing window allowing applicants to continue the process of obtaining funding commitment decisions from USAC for the 2015 Schools and Libraries funding year beginning July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. The Form 471 funding window closes at midnight on March 26, 2015.   Read More...
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Published: 9/17/2014
Views: 2802
WCB Releases OMB Approved Amended Form Questions & Instructions For Special Access

On September 15, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) Wireline Competition Bureau (“Bureau”) released its anticipated Office of Management and Budget’s (“OMB”) approved amended form questions and instructions for the data collection process relating to the special access circuit market.

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Published: 8/26/2014
Views: 2821
Wireline Competition Bureau Will Proceed With Special Access Data Request

On August 18, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) Wireline Competition Bureau (“Bureau”) issued a Public Notice announcing it will proceed with the collection of data adopted in 2012, for a comprehensive analysis of the special access circuit market.

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Published: 8/14/2014
Views: 2696
FCC Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) Released E-RATE Report and Connectivity Data Maps

The FCC adopted the E-Rate Modernization Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on July 11, 2014 with the goal of updating the E-Rate funding program

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Published: 8/8/2014
Views: 2791
FCC Form 477 Has New Requirements For Local Telephone Competition and Broadband Reporting

The FCC released an Order on June 27, 2013 that revamped the current FCC Form 477 reporting requirements. The new reporting requirements and filing system are now effective for the June 30, 2014 data collection period but the filing deadline has been extended to October 1, 2014.

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Published: 6/23/2014
Views: 2815
Webinars To Be Held To Address The FCC's Rules Regarding 911 Reliability And Certification
The staff of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau will hold a webinar on how the recently adopted rules regarding 911 reliability are likely to apply to small and rural providers and the certification process.   Read More...
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Published: 6/11/2014
Views: 2545
FCC Issues A Multifaceted Order And Announces An FNPRM For Broadband Service Requirements
On June 10, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a multifaceted order that finally put text to the Seventh Order on Reconsideration that was announced on April 23, 2014. The Order establishes a transition process for carriers to raise rates in order to meet the urban floor rate for residential voice services over the next four years to avoid High-Cost support reductions.   Read More...
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Published: 4/23/2014
Views: 2653
FCC Adopts Seventh Order On Reconsideration Of Transformation Reform Order
On April 23, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) adopted its long anticipated Seventh Order on Reconsideration in an effort to improve the climate for broadband investment in areas served by small rate-of-return incumbent local exchange carriers (“ILECs”).   Read More...
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Published: 3/21/2014
Views: 2738
Wireline Competition Bureau announces $20.46 As New Benchmark Rate For Voice Services
On March 20, 2014, the Wireline Competition Bureau (“Bureau”) announced the results of the long anticipated urban rate survey for voice services that will be used as the floor rate for incumbent Eligible Telecommunications Carriers (“ETC”) for 2014.   Read More...
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Published: 1/15/2014
Views: 2548
Wireline Competition Bureau Extends Study
We recently discussed that the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau (“Bureau”) had announced in a Public Notice the publication of an online map of study area boundaries.   Read More...
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