Waiver Granted for FCC Form 509 Filers

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Similar to last year, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) has granted a waiver of the FCC’s rules to allow rate-of-return local exchange carriers to report their actual rates for consumer broadband-only lines to determine 2018 revenues on FCC Form 509 rather than the maximum permissible rates. According to the Bureau, the uncertainty of consumer broadband-only demand in the initial period and the subsequent reconsideration of the budget control mechanism would result in unreasonable true-ups for 2018 Connect America Fund Broadband Loop Support (CAF BLS). Allowing legacy rate-of-return carriers to report actual 2018 consumer broadband-only rates in FCC Form 509 will prevent “excessively large recovery of support” in the form of true-ups. FCC Form 509 is due by December 31, 2019.

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