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As the federal Universal Service Fund contribution factor continues to balloon, USAC audits and contributor appeals have followed a similar upward trajectory. With a current assessment rate of nearly 15%, exposure can quickly rise to a material level. Further, the FCC published its annual revision to its Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet, the infamous Form 499A, making several changes of note to filers. In short, it has never been more important for broadband service providers, carriers, VoIP providers, and conference bridging providers to understand USF compliance, audit and enforcement issues.

Join Kelley Drye for a lively and pertinent discussion of the most recent USF developments that could threaten your company’s bottom line today. Our speakers will offer expert analysis and practical take-aways based on front line experience in ongoing audits and appeals, and years of providing compliance and enforcement advice in this area. The topics we plan to address are:

Changes to the 2010 Form 499A and instructions

• what you need to know to complete your April 1 annual filing

USAC contributor audits

• trends and issues in current audits
• key strategies for a successful defense

Current issues in USF contributor appeals

• treatment of integrated T1 services, bundles, wholesale inputs, and broadband Internet access
• process and retroactivity

Steve Augustino, Partner,
represents all types of telecommunications service providers, including competitive local carriers, VoIP providers and prepaid calling card providers. His work for these clients includes negotiating interconnection agreements, representing carriers in interconnection arbitration proceedings and advising on rulemaking proceedings. Mr. Augustino has experience defending clients in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) enforcement actions, including Universal Service Fund (USF) compliance investigations and Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) reporting audits.

John Heitmann, Partner, focuses his practice on representing service providers and users in regulatory, appellate, litigation and transactional matters involving a broad range of communications law issues. He represents companies in proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and state public utility commissions (PUCs). He has extensive experience in and regularly advises clients on regulatory policy, interconnection, compliance and enforcement matters. To register please email