• On October 6, 2011, the Federal Register published the new FCC rule requiring Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLECs) to file their switched access tariffs and any supporting materials electronically. The rule is effective 120 days after publication, which is February 3, 2012. As of that date, CLECs must use the Electronic Tariff Filing System (ETFS), and file their initial base tariffs within 60 days. A copy of the Federal Register notice can be found here. A copy of the Report and Order establishing the rule can be found here. FCC-11-92, WC Docket No. 10-141.
  • On October 4, 2011, the Florida Public Service Commission (FLPSC) announced that it was reducing its minimum annual regulatory assessment fees (RAFs) by 20% on telecommunications carriers operating in Florida. The FLPSC attributes the decrease to its declining workload as a result of Florida’s new telecommunications legislation, effective July 1, 2011 (HB 1231), that narrowed the FLPSC’s jurisdiction. A press release providing further detail on the RAF reductions can be found here. A copy of HB 1231 can be found here.
  • The Universal Service contribution factor for the Fourth Quarter of 2011 is 15.3%. A copy of the notice can be found here.