Optional 5G Certification Window for Legacy High-Cost ETCs Opened until August 16


The Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force has announced the opening of an optional certification window for eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) to certify as to the usage of their legacy high-cost support for mobile services. In conjunction with the 5G Fund, the FCC is requiring legacy high-cost ETCs to use their support for mobile services on 5G deployment. Specifically, the FCC adopted a rule requiring ETCs to use at least one-third of the support it receives in 2021 for 5G deployment — a portion that will increase to two-thirds in 2022. In 2023, ETCs will be required to spend the 100% of legacy high-cost support on 5G deployment services. This optional certification also will allow ETCs the flexibility to spend less than one-third of their support on 5G deployment in 2021 — with the requirement to make up any shortfall in 2022 in addition to the required two-thirds of their legacy support on 5G. The deadline to submit the optional certification is August 16, 2021.

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