Back for its 10th year, our most popular webinar offers an in-depth discussion on the federal Universal Service Fund for participants in USF programs and for contributors to the Fund. This webinar will address major developments in the four support funds and discuss the pressures on the USF contribution system in an era of 20% contribution rates. In addition, as usual, we will offer tips and insights into managing audits and investigations in these highly scrutinized programs.

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AT&T has joined the ranks of petitioners seeking to overturn the Wireline Competition Bureau’s tough stance on contributors’ late-filed USF forms.  On September 13, AT&T joined Airband Communications in seeking Commission-level review of the Bureau’s Denial Order. 

Note:  A third carrier, Airnex Communications, filed a petition for reconsideration of the Denial Order. 

AT&T asserts that the Denial Order is inconsistent with other orders granting waivers of Form 499 filing deadlines.  For good measure, AT&T also asks the FCC to act on its 5-1/2 year old petition to reverse the 1-year amendment deadline that it missed in this instance. 

Continue Reading AT&T Joins Effort to Expand Waivers for Late-Filed USF Forms

Last week, we posted an entry about the tough stance the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau is taking on late-filed Universal Service Forms submitted by contributors.  One of the parties whose USF appeal was denied, Airband Communications, has filed an application for review of the Bureau decision.  The Commission yesterday asked for comment on the request.   Comments are

In stark contrast to the Bureau’s more liberal waiver policy for recipients of Universal Service Funds, the Wireline Competition Bureau recently released orders affirming a tough stance for contributors who miss USF filing deadlines.  In the Waiver Order, the Bureau granted two waviers of the deadline to file 499-A revisions.  In the Denial Order, the