April 15, 2019 - REGScan
- The FCC adopted six items at its April 12, 2019 Open
Meeting, including a Report
and Order that eliminated the high-cost USF program’s local
service rate floor rule (statements by Pai,
and a Memorandum
Opinion and Order granting forbearance to Bell Operating
companies and independent incumbent carriers from certain structural and
nondiscrimination requirements (statements by Pai,
The items are not yet released.
comments were filed on the FNPRM
on implementing an auction mechanism for support in RoR legacy support
areas that are overlapped by an unsubsidized competitor, addressing
budgetary impacts as carriers transition to broadband-only lines, and
applying the Tribal Broadband Factor from the A-CAM II offer to legacy
- USTelecom supported
the current draft Order eliminating the local service rate floor, and said
the FCC should take swift action in this matter because some carriers have
fast approaching state notification and tariffing requirements well in
advance of the Commission’s deadline for action.
- ITTA, USTelecom, and WISPA supplemented
the proposals in their Petition
for Reconsideration of the Network Testing Order related to the
frequency of latency testing, manner of speed and latency testing, and
Pai discussed 5G
initiatives and said the FCC will create a new $20.4 billion Rural Digital
Opportunity Fund, with the money targeted at extending high-speed broadband
to up to four million homes and small businesses in rural America. Summary of initiatives.
item entitled “Universal Service Contribution Methodology” was placed on circulation with the Commission.
- AT&T addressed
questions raised by Commission staff regarding access stimulation and urged
the Commission to act promptly either to complete its stated goal of
finishing the transition of switched access traffic to bill-and-keep or to
adopt only “Prong 1” in the pending NPRM on access stimulation.
- The FCC announced
the Office of Management and Budget has approved, for a
period of three years, the information collection associated with rules
requiring intermediate providers to register with the Commission before
offering to transmit covered voice communications. Section 64.2115 is
effective May 15, 2019.
April 8, 2019 - REGScan
- The FCC issued the agenda
for its April 12, 2019 Open Meeting. The FCC will consider six items,
including an Order
proposing to eliminate the local service rate floor and its accompanying
reporting obligations and an Order
partially granting USTelecom’s Forbearance Petition.
- The FCC announced
it is ready to authorize CAF Phase II auction support for the Auction 903
winning bids identified in the attachment to the Public Notice. Applicants
are required to submit irrevocable standby letter(s) of credit and
Bankruptcy Code opinion letter(s) by April 17, 2019.
- Commissioner O’Rielly wrote a blog
post on a draft item establishing
an overall budget for the USF.
supported elimination of the local service rate floor
policy and suggested a waiver of the rule may be necessary due to timing
concerns. NTCA also discussed the importance of sufficient and predictable USF
funding in making the business case for network investments and also then
sustaining the delivery of voice and broadband services in rural America
and on tribal lands.
and WTA discussed network performance testing requirements for
RLECs and other small recipients of high-cost support. They discussed the
problem of availability, cost, and compatibility of the performance
testing hardware and software that is currently being developed for RLECs
and others that do not have the resources to construct their own.
asserted granting Viasat’s Petition for Reconsideration to
alter the voice testing methodology set forth in the Performance Metrics
Order would undermine the integrity of the CAF program and its auction
Wireline Competition Bureau issued an Order establishing procedures for the 2019 annual access charge tariff
filings and Tariff Review Plans for ILECs.
were filed on
the NPRM proposing to amend the
Truth in Caller ID rules to implement the anti-spoofing provisions of the RAY
BAUM’S Act. Reply comments are due May 3, 2019.
April 1, 2019 - REGScan
- The FCC announced
Petitions for Reconsideration of the December 13, 2018 RoR USF Reform Order
have been filed by Pineland
Telephone and Silver
Star Telephone. Oppositions are due 15 days after this notice
is published in the Federal Register. Replies due 10 days after
- NTCA discussed its support for elimination of the
local service rate floor policy, and suggested a waiver of the rule may be
necessary due to timing concerns.
- USTelecom, AT&T, CenturyLink,
Consolidated, Frontier, and Windstream discussed
USTelecom’s proposal for a system for batch-updating USAC’s HUBB portal.
- PRA comments are
due May 28, 2019, on an extension of a currently approved
information collection associated with study area boundary data reporting
in Esri shapefile format.
- CenturyLink claimed
the FCC intended in the Transformation Order for its VoIP-PSTN framework
to encompass both fixed and nomadic VoIP, and the only reasonable
conclusion is the FCC anticipated that LECs would not be prohibited from
assessing end office switching charges on over-the-top traffic.
- The Wireline Competition Bureau released an Order
designating eight providers as ETCs, conditioned upon and limited to
petitioners’ authorization to receive support awarded through the CAF
Phase II auction.
- The Second
Report and Order that created a comprehensive database to
enable callers to verify whether a telephone number has been disconnected
before calling that number is
effective March 26, 2019. Compliance will not be required for
sections 52.15(f)(1)(ii)(8), 52.103(d), and 64.1200(l)(1) until OMB
USDA Rural Development will
accept applications for the Rural eConnectivity Pilot Program on April 23,
2019. Deadlines are May 31, 2019, for grants; June 21, 2019, for
loan/grant combinations; and July 12, 2019, for low-interest loans.