FCC Record, Volume 27, No. 2, Pages 937 to 1877, February 6 - February 17, 2012 Page: 982
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receive CAF Phase I incremental support.
4. First, Windstream Communications submitted, pursuant to our protective order, data, on
a wire center basis, for each of the input variables used in the equation adopted by the Commission.6
Windstream proposes that we use these data to calculate support amounts. We seek comment on the data
submitted by Windstream. Should we use these data as a basis for determining eligible support amounts
in CAF Phase I? Should we use an alternate source? We encourage commenters with concerns about the
data Windstream submitted to provide alternate data along with an explanation of how those data were
derived, or to explain how we could obtain more appropriate data. We observe that Windstream's
submission does not purport to provide data for all wire centers. For example, Windstream has not
provided data for Alaska or the U.S. Territories. Although the Bureau has delegated authority to exclude
such areas from the analysis for CAF Phase I incremental support if we conclude that we do not have
appropriate data available,7 we invite commenters to provide appropriate data for such areas. We note
that it might be possible for the Commission to develop input variables for some portion of the areas for
which Windstream did not provide data by, for example, applying statistical methods to estimate the
number of business locations in a wire center given information about the number of residential locations
and area of the wire center. We seek comment on the use of such an approach and whether we should use
such derived data, provided that we are able to do so consistent with the Commission's expectation that
the Bureau complete our work and announce support amounts on or before March 31, and that we believe
that such data are sufficiently reliable.
5. Second, because the Commission limited CAF Phase I incremental support to price cap
carriers," the Bureau must therefore exclude from our analysis the wire centers of non-price cap carriers.
The Bureau, after conducting its own analysis based on the Telcordia LERG Routing Guide and
Commission data for carriers' common control names, has developed a list of wire centers for price cap
carriers, identified by the eight-digit Common Language Location Identifier (CLLI) code,9 which is
available through EDOCS at http:/ii/hraunfoss.fcc.gov/cdocs public/attachmatchl;DA-1 2-137A2.xls. We
" See Letter from Jennie B. Chandra, Windstream Communications, Inc., to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, FCC, WC
Docket No. 10-90 et al. (filed Jan. 20, 2012) (confidential filing). Access to the confidential data in the Windstream
filing is governed by the tenns of the protective order. See Connect America Fund, WC Docket No. 10-90, et al.,
Protective Order, 25 FCC Red 13160 (2010). See also supra note 4 (identifying the cost estimation function's input
U7 SF/ICC Transformation Order and FNPRM at n.218 ("In the event the Wireline Competition Bureau concludes
that appropriate data are not readily available for certain areas, such as some or all of the U.S. territories served by
price cap carriers, the Bureau may exclude such areas from the analysis for this interim mechanism, which would
result in the carriers in such areas continuing to receive frozen support.")
For the purposes of CAF Phase I, the Commission concluded that it would "treat as price cap carriers the rate-of-
return operating companies that are affiliated with holding companies for which the majority of access lines are
regulated under price caps." USF/ICC Transformation Order and FNPRM, at para. 129.
9 Consistent with the Commission's direction in the USF/ICC TransJirmation Order and FNPRM, the Bureau
intends to calculate eligible support amounts by cross-referencing our list of potentially eligible wire centers with
our data source and including only wire centers that appear in both lists. That is, to the extent we have data for a
wire center but that wire center does not appear on our final list of potentially eligible wire centers, it will be
excluded from our analysis. Similarly, to the extent a wire center appears on our list of potentially eligible wire
centers but does not appear in our final set of demographic data for wire centers, it will also be excluded from our
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