FCC Record, Volume 26, No. 7, Pages 4843 to 5761, March 28-April 08, 2011

Federal Communications Commission
DA 11-561
Before the
Federal Communications Commission
Washington, D.C. 20554
In the Matter of )
Petitions for Waiver of Universal Service High-Cost ) WC Docket No. 08-71
Filing Deadlines )
Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service ) CC Docket No. 96-45
Ringsted Communications Company )
Petition for Waiver of Section 54.307(c) of the FCC's )
Rules )
ORDER
Adopted: March 29, 2011 Released: March 29, 2011
By the Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau:
I. INTRODUCTION
1. In this order, we grant a request by Ringsted Communications Company (Ringsted) for a
waiver of a deadline set forth in section 54.307(c) of the Commission's rules for competitive eligible
telecommunications carriers (ETCs) to file line count data with the Universal Service Administrative
Company (USAC) to receive certain high-cost universal service support.' We conclude that Ringsted has
demonstrated that there is good cause to grant the requested waiver. Specifically, Ringsted filed the
required data one-day late and has taken steps to ensure future compliance with filing requirements.
II. BACKGROUND
2. Section 254(e) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the Act), provides that
"only an eligible telecommunications carrier [(ETC)] designated under section 214(e) shall be eligible to
receive specific Federal universal service support,"'2 and such support shall be used "only for the
provision, maintenance, and upgrading of facilities and services for which the support is intended."3 To
implement this statutory requirement, the Commission has adopted various certification and data filing
requirements.4
' Ringsted Communications Company Petition for Waiver of Section 54.307(c) of the FCC's Rules. WC Docket No.
08-71 (filed Oct. 28. 2010) (Petition); 47 C.F.R. 54.307(c).
2 47 U.S.C. 254(e).
Id
' See, e.g., 47 C.F.R. 54.301(b) and (e)(l) (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 ofhigh-cost support by rural carriers), 54.802(a) (ETC line
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