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FCC Announces 2019 Reasonable Comparability Benchmarks for Voice and Broadband Services | Moss Adams Alert – December 20, 2018
The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice announcing the 2019 reasonable comparability benchmarks for fixed voice and broadband services for eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs). The Public Notice also announced the 2019 minimum usage allowance for fixed broadband service. Subscribe for more information >
24-hour Backup Power Offering for Non Line-Powered Services Required by February 13th | FCC Report – January 2019
In 2015, the FCC released an Order that imposed certain backup power obligations on providers of facilities-based, fixed residential voice services that are not line-powered (“covered services”). Covered services include legacy voice services delivered over fiber, interconnected VoIP, and fixed wireless offered as a residential service. Since 2016, providers have been required to offer subscribers at the point of sale for a covered service at least one backup power solution that provides uninterrupted 911 service for a minimum of eight hours. Beginning February 13, 2019, providers must also offer subscribers at the point of sale for a covered service at least one backup power solution that provides uninterrupted 911 service for a minimum of 24 hours. The 8-hour and 24-hour solutions do not have to be technologically distinct. For example, instead of offering consumers a single 24-hour battery, a provider may choose to offer three 8-hour batteries, or some other combination of installed and spare batteries that provide 24 hours total. Subscribe for more information >
FCC Extends Separations Freeze for Six Years; Allows One-Time Opportunity for RoR Carriers to Unfreeze Category Relationships | FCC Report – January 2019
The FCC released a Report and Order and Waiver last month extending the freeze on Part 36 jurisdictional cost allocation factors and category relationships that the Commission first adopted in 2001. The freeze will continue until the earlier of December 31, 2024, or the completion of comprehensive reform of the Part 36 jurisdictional separations rules. The Commission believes that an extension of up to six years makes substantive separations reform more likely because it will halt the cycle of repeated short-term freeze extensions and provide sufficient time for the Separations Joint Board to focus on steps toward comprehensive reform. Subscribe for more information >
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