NECA has joined forces with NTCA and WTA to address the critical issues facing rural telcos as the FCC implements its National Broadband Plan, focusing on reform of the universal service and intercarrier compensation mechanisms to support broadband internet access and voice services. NECA and the associations continue to work with the Commission to ensure successful implementation of reforms.
Rate-of-Return USF Reform Resources
FCC announces 2017 local service rate floor, reasonable comparability benchmarks
02.14.17 - The
Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public
Notice announcing the 2017 local voice service rate
floor for incumbent ETCs is $22.49. It also announced reasonable comparability benchmarks for voice and broadband services.
WCB authorizes revised electors of A-CAM support
01.24.17 - The Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice authorizing 182 rate-of-return companies that elected 217 revised offers of A-CAM support.
Comments on additional A-CAM funding due February 13
01.13.17 - The FCC published a Federal
Register Notice on January 13, 2017, seeking comments on whether to expand
the A–CAM budget for rate-of-return carriers to provide additional funding with
an associated increase in broadband deployment obligations, pursuant to the
December 20, 2016 FNPRM.
are due February 13; reply comments are due February 27.
FCC announces support for Alaskan Plan carriers
12.21.16 – The FCC released a Public Notice announcing Wireline Competition Bureau approval of the individualized performance obligations of Alaskan carriers that elected the Alaska Plan and Bureau authorization of support amounts, as described in the appendices to the Notice.
Big decisions loom in presidential and universal service elections for rate-of-return carriers
RoR Reform Order Webinar (10.06.16) slides | Q&As | Q&As Part II | Q&As Part IIIFCC USF Reform Order outlines two paths for rate-of-return carriers
FCC rate-of-return resources page
2015 comes and goes with many important issues left to resolve
Well into football season, USF reform for rate-of-return carriers still to come