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    September 24, 2018 - REGSCan

    • The FCC issued the agenda for its September 26, 2018 Open Meeting. The FCC will hear a presentation on the recent results of the CAF Phase II auction and will consider eight items, including: a Declaratory Ruling and Report and Order on state and local approvals for the deployment of small wireless facilities; a Report and Order to allow for use of auctions to assign certain toll-free numbers and to modernize the administration and assignment of toll-free numbers; and an NPRM addressing calls to 911 made from multi-line telephone systems, etc.  
    • WTA, et al. discussed the USF high-cost budget for RLECs and the speed and latency performance testing framework for certain recipients of high-cost support. Great Plains, et al. suggested that allocating an additional $66 million annually to increase A-CAM funding up to $200 per location is an appropriate, measured step towards advancing the FCC’s goal to close the digital divide in rural areas. ITTA urged the FCC to fully fund separate budgets for the A-CAM program and legacy support mechanisms and expressed support for the FCC commencing the Remote Areas Fund auction.  
    • The August 15, 2018 Rural Call Completion Orderis effective October 19, 2018, except for 64.2115, which requires OMB approval. PRA comments are due November 19, 2018, on a new information collection to establish an intermediate provider registry.  
    • O1 and Teliax discussed CenturyLink’s Petition for Forbearance on the VoIP symmetry rule.  

    September 17, 2018 - REGSCan

    • The FCC announced the proposed USF contribution factor for the fourth quarter of 2018 will be 20.1 percent, up from the current 17.9 percent.  
    • The FCC is circulating items on: Comprehensive Review of the Part 32 Uniform System of Accounts; and Reform of Certain Part 61 Tariff Rules et al.  
    • The FCC seeks comment on approaches to identifying and resolving discrepancies between the number of model-determined funded locations that CAF Phase II auction support recipients are expected to serve and the actual number of locations that support recipients can serve. Comments are due 30 days after Federal Register publication; replies due 45 days after FR.  
    • WTA, et al. discussed the USF high-cost budget for RLECs and the speed and latency performance testing framework for recipients of high-cost support. Golden West and NTCA urged the FCC to act before the end of the year to put the high-cost USF programs on a path for success.  
    • Comments were filed on the NPRM that proposes to move the Mobility Fund II challenge process speed test deadline to November 26, 2018. Replies were due September 14, 2018. FR  
    • The FCC announced the release of updated data on fixed broadband deployment and mobile voice and broadband deployment as of June 30, 2017, based on Form 477 data. The FCC also announced the National Broadband Map has been updated.  
    • The new rules in the Wireline Broadband Order are effective October 15, 2018, except for sections III.A–E, which will be effective on the later of February 3, 2019, or 30 days after OMB approval.  
    • Comments are due October 12, 2018, for an FCC report on promoting broadband internet access service for veterans, in particular low-income veterans and veterans residing in rural areas.  
    • NARUC filed reply comments on the FNPRM that proposes to extend the jurisdictional separations freeze for 15 years. FR  
    • ITTA, USTelecom, et al. discussed the Eighth Circuit decision remanding the portion of the BDS Order for price cap carriers relating to TDM transport services.  
    • Comments were filed on the Notice of Inquiry on creating a USF pilot program to promote the use of telehealth services among low-income Americans. Replies are due October 10, 2018.

    • The FCC seeks comment on whether certain docketed proceedings should be terminated as dormant. Comments are due 30 days after Federal Register publication; replies are due 45 days after FR.


    September 10, 2018 - REGSCan

    • The FCC issued a tentative agenda for its September 26, 2018, Open Meeting. The FCC will consider eight items, including: a Declaratory Ruling and Report and Order on state and local approvals for the deployment of small wireless facilities; a Report and Order to allow for use of auctions to assign certain toll-free numbers and to modernize the administration and assignment of toll-free numbers; and an NPRM addressing calls to 911 made from multi-line telephone systems, etc.  
    • The Eighth Circuit affirmed the Minnesota District Court’s ruling that Charter’s VoIP service is an information service and that state regulation of Charter’s VoIP services was therefore preempted.  
    • Comments were filed on the 8YY Access Charge Reform FNPRM, in which the FCC proposes to migrate interstate and intrastate originating end office and tandem switching and transport charges for toll free (8YY) calls to bill-and-keep. Replies are due October 1, 2018.  
    • WTA, et al. discussed concerns with the speed and latency performance testing framework for certain recipients of high-cost USF support contained in the July 6, 2018 Network Testing Order.  

    September 4, 2018 - REGSCan

    • The FCC issued a Public Notice announcing bidding in the CAF Phase II auction (Auction 903) concluded on August 21, 2018. There were 103 winning bidders in the auction, with the 10-year support amount totaling $1.488 billion and covering 713,176 locations in 45 states. Winning bidders are required to submit a post-auction application for support by October 15, 2018.  
    • Comments are due September 10, 2018, on the NPRM that proposes to modify the timeframe for collecting acceptable speed test data in support of Mobility Fund II eligibility challenges. Replies are due September 14, 2018. The Order accompanying the NPRM, which extended the deadline for the close of the Mobility Fund II challenge window by an additional 90 days, is effective August 30, 2018.  
    • NECA filed comments supporting the proposals in the FNPRM to extend the current freeze of Part 36 category relationships and jurisdictional cost allocation factors for a fifteen-year period and to allow RLECs who elected to freeze their categorizations the opportunity to unfreeze those relationships. NTCA, WTA, ITTA and others also filed comments. Replies are due September 10, 2018.  
    • The Eighth Circuit Court issued a Decision addressing Petitions for Review of the April 2017 Report and Order that altered the FCC’s regulations for business data services. The court vacated and remanded portions of the final rules affecting TDM transport services.  
    • ITTA discussed methods to establish initial BSD rate levels for A-CAM carriers exiting the NECA pools.  
    • NTCA discussed the need for sufficient USF support for RoR carriers.  
    • GVNW discussed the 100 percent competitive overlap process.  
    • Thirteen intervenor briefs were filed on August 27, 2018, in the D.C. Court on behalf of Petitioners in the review of the Restoring Internet Freedom Order.  
    • The FCC issued a Report and Order and Order adopting a schedule of regulatory fees to assess and collect $322,035,000 in regulatory fees for fiscal year 2018. The FCC announced FY 2018 regulatory fees are due September 25, 2018.