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FCC Announces Revised A-CAM Support Offers; June 21 Election Deadline | Moss Adams Regulatory Alert – May 7, 2018
The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau has released a Public Notice announcing 217 revised offers of Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM) support and the associated revised deployment obligations. A-CAM carriers have until June 21, 2018 to notify the Wireline Bureau, on a state-by-state basis, whether they elect to receive the revised amount of model-based support. Subscribe for more information >
Additional High-Cost USF Reforms for Rate-of-Return Carriers Effective May 31st | FCC Report – May 2018
In March 2018, the FCC released a Report and Order and Third Order on Reconsideration that adopted additional reforms to the High-Cost universal service support program for rate-of-return carriers. (See the April issue of the FCC Report for an in-depth article.) The Report and Order and Third Order on Reconsideration has now been published in the Federal Register, establishing an effective date of May 31st. Subscribe for more information >
USAC Announces 15.52% Budget Control Reduction to Legacy RoR High Cost Support for July 2018-June 2019 | FCC Report – May 2018
USAC has posted the budget control mechanism (BCM) calculations for legacy rate-of-return carriers for the period of July 2018 through June 2019. In the 2016 Rate-of-Return Reform Order, the FCC directed USAC to calculate the total support available for distribution to legacy rate-of-return carriers, and adjustments to each carrier’s support, to ensure that disbursements remain within the $2 billion annual high-cost support budget for all rate-of-return ILECs. The new support amounts announced by USAC will apply to support payments beginning July 2018. Subscribe for more information >
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