To ensure recipients of high-cost support are meeting their service obligations, the FCC has established a uniform framework for measuring the speed and latency performance of fixed voice and broadband services for recipients of high-cost support. Providers are
required to submit testing results as part of their annual compliance certification. Carriers that do not comply with the speed and latency requirements will be subject to a reduction in support, commensurate with their level of noncompliance.
Broadband performance testing is required for recipients of the Connect America Fund high-cost universal service support, including:
Eligible telecommunications carriers are required to submit testing results as part of their annual Form 481 compliance certifications beginning July 1, 2020. Subsequent to the initial submission, data and certifications will be due by July 1 of each year for the preceding calendar
Although the Commission has not yet acted on petitions for reconsideration/applications for review of various aspects of the testing requirements (see links below), it has delayed the testing start date until the first quarter of 2020.
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May 2019 Performance Measures Testing Delay Public Notice
December 2018 RoR USF Reform Order
Broadband network testing requirements: less than a year to implement (08.15.18)