• Each CLEC that has an intrastate switched access tariff on file with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) is required to reduce its intrastate switched access rates by an amount equal to 50% of the difference between its current intrastate switched access rates and interstate switched access rates. Those CLECs must file updated tariff pages reflecting the reduction by January 1, 2012. This is the second part in a step-down process mandated by a recent Illinois statute, and is intended to result in interstate and intrastate switched access rates mirroring each other by July 1, 2012. A notice from the ICC regarding this process may be found here. 220 ILCS 5/13-900.2.
  • The FCC rule requiring CLECs to file their switched access tariffs and any supporting materials electronically went into effect November 17, 2011. A copy of the Report and Order establishing the rule can be found here. FCC-11-92, WC Docket No. 10-141.

CLECs must use the Electronic Tariff Filing System (ETFS) to file their initial base tariffs by January 17, 2012. All subsequent tariff filings must likewise be made via ETFS. A copy of the FCC announcement can be found here. The FCC has issued an updated Public Notice to assist CLECs with their filings, which can be found here.  DA-11-1706, DA-11-1887, WC Docket No. 10-141.

  • The Universal Service contribution factor for the Fourth Quarter of 2011 is 15.3%. A copy of the notice can be found here.