With expenditures of nearly $9 billion annually, the FCC's Universal Service Fund (USF) approximates the total revenue of the entire National Football League. It is no wonder that USF continues to dominate the Commission's telecommunications agenda. In 2013, the Commission implemented most aspects of the new "Connect America Fund", continued work on its 2012 Lifeline reforms, launched a Healthcare Connect Fund for rural healthcare providers and proposed substantial revisions to its E-rate program. In addition, the Commission issued dozens of orders in USF appeals, declaratory ruling requests and enforcement matters.
In this 5th annual webinar, Kelley Drye explained the important USF changes, with a focus on changes affecting the 2014 Form 499-A. We also discussed how to ensure compliance during the year and offer tips for handling USF audits, PQAs, Lifeline IDVs and related inquiries. Our speakers offered analysis and practical advice based on frontline experience in audits and appeals, and years of providing compliance and enforcement advice in this area.
The following topics were addressed:
- Major Changes in the Fund's Programs During 2013
- Changes to Reseller Revenue Procedures in 2014
- Changes in the 499-A Form and Instructions
- Significant Developments in the USF Audit and FCC Appeal Processes
- Lifeline, Contributions and E-rate Enforcement Actions