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

Before the
Federal Communications Commission
Washington, D.C. 20554
In the Matter of )
Universal Service Contribution Methodology ) WC Docket No. 06-122
Request for Review of a Decision of the Universal )
Service Administrator by Manitowoc Public )
Utilities )
Adopted: March 29, 2011 Released: March 29, 2011
By the Deputy Chief, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau:
I. In this order, we deny a request filed by Manitowoc Public Utilities (Manitowoc).'
Manitowoc seeks a waiver of the filing deadline for the annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet
(FCC Form 499-A) and a reversal of the associated late filing fees assessed by the Universal Service
Administrative Company (USAC) for the failure to timely file its 2010 FCC Form 499-A.2 We find that
Manitowoc has failed to demonstrate that good cause exists to justify waiver and accordingly we deny
Manitowoc's request. We direct USAC to collect any outstanding balance from Manitowoc, including
any penalties or interest charges related to Manitowoc's late filing.
2. Section 254(d) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, directs that every
telecommunications carrier that provides interstate telecommunications services shall contribute, on an
equitable and nondiscriminatory basis, to the specific, predictable, and sufficient mechanisms established
by the Commission to preserve and advance universal service.' Pursuant to the Commission's rules,
carriers and certain other providers of interstate telecommunications are required to file FCC Form 499-A
with USAC on April 1 each year.4 Providers whose contribution to the universal service fund (USF)
would be de minimis, that is under $10,000, however, are exempt from directly contributing.5 De minimis
1 Letter from Timothy Hart, Business Services Manager, Manitowoc Public Utilities, to Office of the Secretary,
FCC, WC Docket No. 06-122 (filed Oct. 1, 2010) (Manitowoc Request). Manitowoc's FCC Filer ID is 825651.
The Commission has delegated authority to the Wireline Competition Bureau to consider requests for review of
decisions made by USAC. 47 C.F.R. 54.722(a).
2 Manitowoc Request at 1.
347 U.S.C.A. 254(d).
4 See 47 C.F.R. 54.706, 54.711, 54.713 (requiring all telecommunications carriers providing interstate
telecommunications services and certain other providers of interstate telecommunications to file the annual
Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet (FCC Form 499-A)); Universal Service Administrative Company,
Schedule of Filings, at
reporting/schedule-filings.aspx (last visited Feb. 28, 2011) (USAC 499 Filing Schedule).
5 47 C.F.R. 54.708 ("If a contributor's contribution to universal service in any given year is less than $10,000 that
contributor will not be required to submit a contribution or Telecommunications Worksheet for that year ... ").


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