FCC Delays Until Early 2020 CAF Carrier Requirement to Report “Speed and Latency”

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The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau has issued a Public Notice announcing that it would delay, until Q1 2020, a requirement that certain carriers subject to performance measures  begin testing network speed and latency in Q3 and Q4 of 2019. Additionally, because the deadline for carrier testing has been pushed back, the reporting date for these carriers is now July 1, 2020. In July 2018, the Commission passed its Performance Measures Order, which among other things, created a uniform framework for measuring the speed and latency performance for recipients of CAF high-cost universal service support. The order also stipulated that before a testing regime could begin, the Commission first needed to develop a mechanism for collecting the testing data and obtain Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) approval. However, since the Performance Measures Order was adopted, several parties to the proceeding filed petitions for reconsideration and applications for review. Because of these and other delays, the Wireline Competition Bureau has decided to delay the testing and reporting requirements until 2020.

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