Featuring keynote remarks from FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 2, 3:00 – 5:30 PM
Location: Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, 3050 K Street NW

This seminar will feature background presentations on the Universal Service Fund (“USF”) programs, remarks from FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly and a conversation with experts on the future of the USF programs. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and participate in the discussion as we take a deeper dive into the issues.

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In orders issued last week, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) continues what appears to be a trend of resolving long-pending universal service fund (USF) contribution issues.  The Orders, released May 23, 2017 and May 24, 2017 by the Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau), ruled on petitions filed by, respectively, Morris Communications, Inc. (Morris) and Stratos Government Services, Inc. (Stratos).  The Morris Decision provided a Morris a partial victory with the Bureau denying Morris’ request to reverse a Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) decision regarding unpaid USF contributions but granting Morris’ request that associated late payment fees be recalculated.  The Stratos Decision clarified that the USF contribution exemption for entities that provide service exclusively to public safety and government entities does not apply to subcontractors providing such services.  These and other recent decisions may signal – at least for USF contribution-related issues – a Commission focus on clearing out the backlog of long-pending petitions.
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