FCC Waives Certain Rules to Allow Carriers to Report Actual CBOL Rates on FCC Form 509


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has adopted an Order waiving certain sections of its rules to allow rate-of-return carriers to report their actual rates for consumer broadband-only lines (CBOL) for the first three months of 2019 on their FCC Form 509, due on December 31, 2020.  Under the rules, rate-of-return carriers are required to report their CBOL revenues based on the maximum permissible consumer broadband-only rate.  The Commission has concluded that requiring reporting of the higher rates would create a significant overstatement of revenues and therefore heavily disadvantage many carriers by causing a reduction in the amount of universal service support they receive.

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