Universal Service & Intercarrier Compensation

In October 2011, the Federal Communications Commission adopted an Order to reform the Universal Service Fund (USF) and the Inter-Carrier Compensation (ICC) rules for the broadband era. adopted three new universal service high-cost funds—one for broadband in unserved areas, one for mobile wireless providers, and one for satellite providers for remote areas where satellite is the only viable broadband option. These funds, which will operate within a budget of approximately $4.5 billion per year, will replace the FCC’s existing high-cost program for legacy networks in an effort to make broadband service available to currently unserved, high-cost areas.

The FCC further adopted a uniform national intercarrier compensation framework with bill-and-keep as the end state for all terminating switched access and reciprocal compensation traffic exchanged with a local exchange carrier (LEC).

FCC’s News Release:http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2011/db1027/DOC-310695A1.pdf

FCC’s Executive Summary: http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2011/db1027/DOC-310692A1.pdf

AT&T Statement on FCC USF/ICC Order

Attribute the following statement to AT&T’s Senior Vice President-Federal Regulatory & Chief Privacy Officer Bob Quinn: http://attpublicpolicy.com/universal-service/att-on-fcc%e2%80%99s-usficc-order/   “The FCC today took an important step in transforming the concept of universal service. By redefining the 21st century basic service, which … Read more


America’s Broadband Connectivity Plan

In July 2011, AT&T joined with five other leading broadband providers in the United States to submit to the Federal Communications Commission a proposal — America’s Broadband Connectivity (ABC) Plan — which seeks to modernize the federal Universal Service Fund … Read more