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March 16, 2015   View as web page          

FCC Releases Latest Version of Model for RLECs that Voluntarily Elect Model Support

On Friday, March 6, the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice announcing the latest version of its Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM). The A-CAM is a forward-looking cost model designed to calculate the cost of deploying a fiber-to-the-home network and distribute support based on a fixed budget. The FCC eventually wants to refine the A-CAM and use it for carriers that voluntarily elect to transition to a model-based support program.

As part of the Public Notice, the FCC released seven illustrative scenarios showing model results for each rate-of-return study area. The scenarios were developed using different assumptions in the model. These scenarios should be viewed with extreme caution, as many critical inputs have not been corrected for known errors. Further, these results are in no way reflective of what may ultimately occur with the A-CAM for carriers that voluntarily elect model-based support, nor does it reflect what the A-CAM might become if it were to be used for all rate-of-return carriers in the future.
If you have any questions regarding the A-CAM or would like to discuss the illustrative scenarios for your company, please contact Ryan Denzel in JSI’s Minnesota office at 651-452-2660.


Updated Study Area Boundary Deadline Delayed to March 23

Just hours after we reminded everyone about the upcoming deadline for updated study area boundary shapefiles (March 12 e-Lert), the FCC announced that it would delay the submission deadline from March 16 to March 23 due to technical issues with the Study Area Boundary Data Collection website. ILECs that are submitting modified boundaries must now upload and certify their shapefiles here by March 23. Boundary updates could be a result of acquired study areas, overlap reconciliation with other ILECs, or fixing inaccurate boundaries.

All ILECS that do not need to submit a modified shapefile still must certify their previously-filed boundaries by May 26. The FCC site is not set up yet for the recertification process, but JSI will alert clients and describe how we can assist with the process as soon as more information is available.

For questions about the shapefile submission and recertification, contact Cassandra Heyne in the Maryland office at 301-459-7590.


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Ryan Denzel

Cassandra Heyne

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