• The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) cancelled its $80 million Broadband Technology Opportunities (BTOP) grant to the State of Louisiana Board of Regents for failure to correct a number of deficiencies in its plan to deploy a fiber-optic network to anchor institutions in 12 parishes around the state. One factor in NTIA’s decision was that the project is 9 months behind. A copy of NTIA’s letter terminating the award can be found here.
  • FCC Form 499-Q is due November 1, 2011 for all filers that are not considered to be de minimis for Universal Service filing purposes. This filing encompasses historical revenues from the third quarter of 2011 and projected revenues for the first quarter of 2012. A copy of the current FCC Form 499-Q can be found here or here.
  • Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers and Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS) providers who rely on traffic studies to report interstate revenues on FCC Form 499-Q must submit these studies by November 1, 2011 to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and to the Chief of the Industry Analysis and Technology Division of the FCC.
  • The FCC rule requiring Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLECs) to file their switched access tariffs and any supporting materials electronically will go 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 between November 17, 2011 and January 17, 2012. All subsequent tariff filings must likewise be made via ETFS. A copy of the FCC announcement can be found here. DA-11-1706, 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.