FCC Record, Volume 26, No. 7, Pages 4843 to 5761, March 28 - April 08, 2011 Page: 5,227
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26. These higher settlement rates correlate to higher calling rates for making telephone calls
from the United States to Cuba. The 2008 data filed by U.S. carriers with the FCC shows that the average
U.S. calling rate (i.e., U.S. carriers' revenue per minute) to Cuba was $0.83 per minute, compared to an
average U.S. calling rate of $0.09 per minute for all international points and $0.11 per minute to the rest
of the Caribbean region.69
27. The fact that U.S. calling to Cuba is much more expensive than U.S. calling to other
Caribbean countries is confirmed by information on U.S. carriers' websites. Typically, charges paid by
U.S. consumers for calls to Cuba and other countries in the Caribbean region vary depending on customer
usage and options offered by U.S. carriers. Basic rates are the default calling option offered by traditional
telephone carriers to customers who are not subscribed to a discount calling plan. Although basic rate
calling is generally expensive on all U.S. international routes, basic rate calling to Cuba is especially
expensive. For example, Verizon's basic rate to Cuba is $5.12 per minute, compared to its basic rates to
other major Caribbean countries ranging from a low of $3.14 per minute to the Bahamas to $4.83 per
minute to Haiti.7o AT&T's basic rate to Cuba is $5.84 per minute, compared to its basic rates to other
major Caribbean countries ranging from a low of $3.47 per minute to the Bahamas to $5.23 per minute to
Haiti.71 U.S. consumers taking advantage of calling plans and prepaid calling cards generally pay lower
per minute calling rates on all international routes, compared to basic rates. Even with calling plans and
prepaid calling cards, however, U.S. consumers pay a much higher rate per minute for calls to Cuba than
for calls to other Caribbean countries. As an example of calling plan rates, AT&T's Worldwide Value
rate to Cuba is $0.92 per minute, compared to its rates to other major Caribbean countries ranging from a
low of $0.17 per minute to the Dominican Republic to $0.49 per minute to Haiti.72 An example of
prepaid calling card rates is IDT's Super Clean calling card rate to Cuba at $1.25 per minute, compared to
its rates to other major Caribbean countries rangin from a low of $0.08 per minute to Bahamas and the
Dominican Republic to $0.23 per minute to Haiti.
28. Whether under a calling plan or not, U.S. consumers pay rates to call Cuba that are high,
and in many cases extremely high, in comparison to the rates to call other Caribbean region countries.
High settlement rates paid by U.S. carriers to route traffic indirectly to Cuba appear to be a significant
factor in the high rates U.S. consumers pay to U.S. carriers to call Cuba.
29. TeleCuba requests that we approve on a temporary basis a settlement rate of $0.84 per
69 See 2008 International Telecommunications Data, Table Al. As with U.S. carrier settlement payouts, U.S. IMTS
carriers' customer revenues for calls to Cuba comprised 31.55% of U.S. IMTS carriers' customer revenues for calls
to the entire Caribbean region, although U.S. carrier-billed minutes to Cuba accounted for only 5.80% of the total
U.S. carrier-billed minutes in that region.
70 For Verizon's basic rates, see http://www22.verizon.com/Residential!Phone/International/BasiclntremationalRates/
(accessed on February, 1, 2011). The countries selected for comparison - the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti,
Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago - consist of the countries with the most reported U.S. IMTS minutes of traffic for
the Caribbean region, with minutes to Cuba within the range of these countries. See 2008 International
Telecommunications Data, Table Al.
71 For AT&T's basic rates, see http://serviceguide.att.com/ACS/cxt/od.cfm?OID=863&menu=102 (accessed on
February 1, 2011).
72For AT&T's Worldwide Value Calling rates, see
https://www.shop.att.com/offer.isp?service=international&offer=shop worldwide value&portal=shopatt (accessed
on February I, 2011). The countries selected for comparison are the same as for basic rates, above.
73 For IDT's "Super-Clean" prepaid calling card rates, see http://www.uniontelecard.com/phonecards/2124/super-
clean/rates/ (accessed on February 1, 2011). The countries selected for comparison are the same as for basic rates
and calling plan rates, above.
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