NECA has joined forces with NTCA and WTA to address the critical issues facing rural telcos as the FCC implements its National Broadband Plan, focusing on reform of the universal service and intercarrier compensation mechanisms to support broadband internet access and voice services. NECA and the associations continue to work with the Commission to ensure successful implementation of reforms.
Rate-of-Return USF Reform Resources
WCB extends deadline for broadband deployment reporting
02.24.17 - The Wireline Competition Bureau issued an
Order granting Petitions filed by
WTA that sought a short term waiver of the March 1, 2017 deadline for certain CAF recipients to report their first set of geo-located broadband information and related certifications.
FCC adopts rules for CAF Phase II auction
02.23.17 - The FCC
adopted a Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration setting rules for the CAF Phase II reverse auction that will provide nearly $2 billion for rural deployment over the next decade. It was released on March 2, 2017.
FCC announces 2017 local service rate floor, reasonable comparability benchmarks
02.14.17 - The Wireline Competition Bureau issued a
Public Notice announcing the 2017 local voice service rate floor for incumbent ETCs is $22.49. It also announced reasonable comparability benchmarks for voice and broadband services.
Big decisions loom in presidential and universal service elections for rate-of-return carriers
RoR Reform Order Webinar (10.06.16) slides | Q&As | Q&As Part II | Q&As Part IIIFCC USF Reform Order outlines two paths for rate-of-return carriers
FCC rate-of-return resources page
2015 comes and goes with many important issues left to resolve
Well into football season, USF reform for rate-of-return carriers still to come