2018 tariff efforts to build on 2017 initiatives

by PJ Louis, director – Technology Planning and Implementation

Last year proved to be an active one for our interstate access tariff (F.C.C. No. 5), as we added or enhanced several services and began researching new tariff options. Before we review our 2017 offerings, let's look ahead to what we're planning for 2018.

Proposed key initiatives include:

  • Creating ETS E-rate options for interested members.
  • Adding an ETS bandwidth add-on option on speeds greater than 1 Gbps. 
  • Examining ETS costs to determine if rate realignment is warranted.
  • Adding ETS speeds up to 200 Gbps.
  • Investigating the addition of an ETS multi-member volume discount to support public safety.

The above list represents a set of forward-looking initiatives aimed at providing service offerings that allow members to better address the needs of their customers. The list is subject to change over the course of the year as we gather input from you.

2017 offerings respond to member needs

In 2017, we continued to align our interstate access tariff with market realities by increasing tariff flexibility. These are a few of our accomplishments:

  • Created ETS E-rate options. 
  • Developed requirements that allow a single customer to have multiple ETS Term Discount Plans with an ILEC.
  • Implemented ETS Fixed Rate Option Plan 4 agreement.

The here and now

Although there are challenges associated with the 2018 tariff initiatives, many can be overcome with accurate and reliable cost and demand data.

Our focus remains on evolving our tariff to ensure you can provide relevant services as technology advances and business plans change. We are committed to helping you participate in flexible pricing strategies and arrangements while receiving the benefits of pooling.

Filed under January 2018 , Tagged with Tariffs, Winter 2018

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