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August 2017 FCC Meeting Recap: Commission Sets Reverse Auction Procedures for CAF Phase II Auction

At its August Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a Public Notice (“Notice”) that addresses the procedures for its upcoming Connect America Fund (“CAF”) Phase II auction (“Auction” or “Auction 903”), scheduled to begin in 2018. Auction 903 will be a competitive reverse auction wherein service providers will compete for up to $1.98 billion … Continue Reading

Split FCC Proposes Rural “Rate Floor” Reform

On May 18, 2017, at its May Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order on a two-one vote, seeking comment on whether it should reform the so-called rural “rate floor” on basic voice service or eliminate it entirely.  The rural rate floor rule requires carriers receiving Connect … Continue Reading

FCC Approves Bidding Weight Rules for Connect America Fund Phase II Auction

At the February 2017 Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) approved an Order finalizing bidding rules for the upcoming Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II auction where service providers will compete for up to $1.98 billion in financial support in areas where the incumbent provider declined cost-model funding. This Order is the next stage in … Continue Reading

FCC Releases Order Detailing Competitive Application Rules and Selection Criteria for Rural Broadband Experiments

As reported earlier on this blog, the FCC has adopted a Report and Order setting forth the application requirements and selection methodology for its forthcoming rural broadband experiments. The FCC will provide $100 million of Connect America Fund financial support for experiments in areas where the incumbent provider of voice services is a price cap local … Continue Reading

FCC Adopts Competitive Bidding Rules and Selective Criteria for Rural Broadband Experiments

This past Friday, at its open meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) adopted a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FCC 14-98) establishing the method by which the FCC will solicit proposals for and award funds to support experiments in bringing robust broadband services to rural America’s high cost areas.  As reported earlier … Continue Reading

Register Today for Kelley Drye’s 5th Annual USF Update Webinar on February 27th

With expenditures of nearly $9 billion annually, the FCC’s Universal Service Fund (USF) approximates the total revenue of the entire National Football League. It is no wonder that USF continues to dominate the Commission’s telecommunications agenda. In 2013, the Commission implemented most aspects of the new “Connect America Fund”, continued work on its 2012 Lifeline … Continue Reading

FCC Issues Connect America Fund Order and Notices Affecting Tier 2 and Tier 3 LECs

David Darwin co-authored this post. In the final days of the Genachowski era, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau continued to press forward to implement and refine the Connect America Fund (“CAF”).  Late yesterday, the Bureau released a number of order and notices on various parts of the CAF that will affect both Tier 2 and … Continue Reading

Intercarrier Compensation, USF High Cost Fund Reform Top FCC Agenda

As expected, late yesterday, the FCC announced that it would again attempt to tackle its "holy grail" of regulatory action:  reforming carrier-to-carrier compensation mechanisms and the high-cost program of the Universal Service Fund.  The FCC has placed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking addressing both intercarrier compensation and USF reform on its agenda for February 8.  The combined NPRM furthers … Continue Reading

FCC Issues Universal Service Reform Proposals

On April 21, 2010, the FCC issued a Notice regarding proposed universal service reforms. The document is 28 pages long plus some lengthy appendices.  The Notice itself is divided into a Notice of Inquiry section discussing steps to implement the Connect America Fund proposed in the National Broadband Plan, and a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking addressing specific ideas about reducing amounts … Continue Reading
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