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NECA files 2019 average schedule high-cost loop universal service formula

by Stojanka Mesalic, manager - Average Schedule Universal Service Methods
Recently we filed the 2019 modification of the average schedule high-cost loop universal service formula. If approved by the FCC, the formula will be in effect from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.
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Filed under September 2018 , Tagged with Average schedules, FCC, USF, USF Reform

Washington report: dog days of summer bring plenty of activity

by Bob Deegan, director – Government Relations
August in Washington usually means both the Senate and House are in their home states and districts spending time with constituents. While that is true for the House, the Senate remained in Washington for the bulk of the month, ostensibly to get through a logjam of nominations and other work.
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Filed under August 2018 , Tagged with Broadband, Congress, FCC, Oversight, USF

Big decisions loom in presidential and universal service elections for rate-of-return carriers

by Teresa Evert, senior manager – Regulatory
November elections are upon us! Not only the presidential election - but also A-CAM elections. (Funny, neither Donald nor Hillary has brought this up.) Unlike the presidential election, the A-CAM elections start a series of deadlines leading up to the anticipated January, 2017 inauguration date of the Commission's new plan for providing USF support to rate-of-return carriers for the deployment of broadband-only services.
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Filed under October 2016 , Tagged with USF, USF Reform

FCC USF Reform Order outlines two paths for rate-of-return carriers

by Teresa Evert, Senior Regulatory Manager, and Bob Deegan, Senior Government Relations Counsel
The FCC has finally released its much-anticipated Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on USF Reform for rate-of-return carriers. While FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler was not able to meet his initial end-of-football season commitment, he did manage to beat the clock on the college basketball season and Major League Baseball's opening day. The document was expected to be quite lengthy and detailed, and certainly lived up to expectations.
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Filed under April 2016 , Tagged with USF, USF Reform

Washington Report: FCC Commissioners continue to clash on contentious issues, Congress steps up oversight efforts

by Bob Deegan, Senior Government Relations Counsel, and Colin Sandy, Senior Regulatory Attorney
Since our last report the FCC has been quite busy dealing with contentious issues such as the set-top box proposal, Internet service provider privacy NPRM, Lifeline reform and, most importantly for our neck of the woods, USF reform for rate-of-return carriers.
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Filed under April 2016 , Tagged with Congress, FCC, Muni broadband, Net neutrality, USF

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