Tag Archives: Waivers

FCC Votes on Possible Changes to the Rural Health Care Program

At its last open meeting in 2017, the five FCC Commissioners unanimously voted to adopt a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and Order regarding the Commission’s Rural Health Care (RHC) Program, a 20-year old initiative aimed at improving rural health care provider access to first telecommunications services and later an array of communications services, including … Continue Reading

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

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 … Continue Reading

Late-Filed Forms Update: Airband Seeks Review of FCC Denial

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 … Continue Reading

Filer Beware: FCC Affirms Tough Stance on Late-Filed Universal Service Forms

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 Bureau denied … Continue Reading