Our Cost Recovery and Universal Service Funds (USF) Strategies Seminar provides an overview of key cost certification studies, cost separations, and universal service funding processes.
The training is ideal for company personnel who participate in internal cost studies preparation, are responsible for coordinating cost studies performed by outside consultants, or are responsible for reviewing and certifying cost studies and USF filings to the National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA) and the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).
Who Should Attend
This seminar is designed for rural incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) management, financial staff, and regulatory staff who require a general understanding of the cost separations and universal service funding processes as well as an in-depth understanding of how a cost study can be used for business planning and regulatory purposes.
What You’ll Learn
- Cost study preparation. How regulatory agencies use the cost study to determine rates; how your company can best prepare for and use a cost study; Parts 32, 36, 64, and 69 of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC’s) rules; the relationship between the cost study and USF in ILEC cost recovery
- Cable and wire facilities study. The different types of plant that make up the broad category of cable and wire facilities, using route diagrams and circuit records as a basis, with a focus on the categorizing these facilities and developing continuing property records
- Central office equipment study. A look at the types of plants that make up central office equipment—switching, transmission and circuit, and power and common—with a focus on the categorization and development of continuing property records
- Expense study. The major expense categories involved in a cost study—plant-specific, plant-nonspecific, depreciation, local business office, corporate operations, and taxes—with a focus on making sure expenses are booked appropriately for accurate recovery
- Other studies. Traffic studies, local business office studies, cash working capital, and more
- Strategies and tactics. The impact of management, regulatory, and network decisions on a company’s revenue streams, with a focus on interstate and intrastate allocations, regulated and nonregulated investments, lease versus buy decisions, network design implications, and jurisdictional earnings; a review of DSL and broadband deployment, host-remote versus host concentrator switching, assignment of spare cable and wire facilities, and lead-lag studies; and a look at cost studies as a tool to review jurisdictional earnings and the impacts on intrastate
- Access charge reform. Updates on pending access charge, universal service funding, and intercarrier compensation reform
Dates and Times: Wednesday-Friday, September 18-20, 2019
- Day 1: 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
- Day 2: 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
- Day 3: 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.