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this statutory requirement, the Commission has adopted various certification and data filing
3. To receive Interstate Access Support (lAS), an ETC that is providing service within an area
served by a price cap local exchange carrier must file certain line count data with USAC on a quarterly
basis pursuant to section 54.802(a) of the Commission's rules.' Specifically, the ETC must submit line
count data showing separately the number of residential/single-line business lines and multi-line business
lines within its study area on a quarterly basis.6 Mandatory line count data are due on the last business
day of March, June, September, and December of each year.7
4. F&B Communications's Petition for Waiver. On October 13, 2010, F&B Communications
requested a waiver of the June 30, 2010, line count filing deadline required by section 54.802(a) of the
Commission's rules.8 F&B Communications explains that its office manager, who is the sole employee
responsible for IAS filings, and the general manager were out of town at a USDA/RUS Broadband
Initiative Program post award workshop the week before the filing was due.9 The company contends that
the absence of two key staff members of a small company of only 826 access lines just before the filing
deadline caused it to miss the June 30, 2010 deadline. The data was filed successfully by email on July
13, eight business days later. The company claims that it has never previously missed a deadline and,
except for this one late filing, its filings have been sent - and received by USAC - in a timely manner.'0
In addition, F&B Communications states that it has committed to revise its internal procedures to ensure
compliance with all future filing deadlines such as having automated calendar reminders, having two
people instead of one responsible for filing the quarterly reports, and assigning internal deadline to ensure
completeness and on time submission of filings." The Wireline Competition Bureau sought comment on
the petition on October 15, 2010, and on November 15, 2010, the National Telecommunications
Cooperative Association (NTCA) filed comments in support of granting this waiver. No comments were
filed in opposition to the petition.'2
4 See, e.g., 47 C.F.R. 54.301(b) and (e)(1) (data filing requirements for Local Switching Support), 54.307
(competitive ETC line count filing requirements for Interstate Common Line Support (ICLS) and other high-cost
support), 54.313 (state certification requirements regarding the use of high-cost support by non-rural carriers),
54.314 (state certification requirements regarding the use of high-cost support by rural carriers), 54.802(a) (ETC line
count filing requirements for Interstate Access Support (IAS)), 54.809 (carrier certification requirements regarding
the use of IAS), 54.903 (data filing requirements for ICIS), 54.904 (carrier certification requirements regarding the
use of ICLS).
5 47 C.F.R. 54.802(a).
7 Id. USAC uses line count data filed in March to calculate second quarter support for the current calendar year, line
count data filed in June to calculate third quarter support for the current calendar year, line count data filed in
September to calculate fourth quarter support for the current calendar year, and line count data filed in December to
calculate first quarter support for the following calendar year.
'Petition at 1; 47 C.F.R. 54.802(a).
9 Petition at 2.
" Id at 4.
2 See Comment Sought on the F&B Communications. Inc. f/k/a Farmers' and Business Men's Telephone Company.
Petition For Waiver of a Universal Service High-Cost Filing Deadline, WC Docket No. 08-71, Public Notice, DA
10-1989 (Wireline Comp. Bur. 2010).
United States. Federal Communications Commission. FCC Record, Volume 26, No. 7, Pages 4843 to 5761, March 28-April 08, 2011. Washington D.C.. UNT Digital Library. http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc52169/. Accessed April 18, 2014.