Comments on NECA Revisions to Average Schedule Formulas Due by March 4

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The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau is seeking comment on the National Exchange Carrier Association, Inc.’s (NECA) proposed modification of average schedule formulas, which were filed with the FCC on December 23, 2019. The proposed changes would revise the average schedule interstate settlement disbursement formulas for interstate access services provided between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 and, at constant demand, reportedly would result in a 3.3 percent overall increase of settlements. NECA states that actual settlements are expected to be lower due to projected losses of access lines and reductions in demand for special access services, and the association claims that individual average schedule companies will vary depending on company size, demand trends, and characteristics. Comments on NECA’s proposed modifications are due by March 4, 2020 and reply comments by March 19, 2020.

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