FCC Clarifies USF Reform/Intercarrier Compensation Order

This post was drafted by Chip Yorkgitis.

On Friday, February 3, 2012, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau and Wireless Telecommunications Bureau jointly released an order revising and clarifying certain aspects of the sweeping universal service and intercarrier compensation reform order adopted last November. The clarifications address the rates applicable to VoIP-PSTN traffic, access stimulation and the CETC phase-down of high-cost support, among other things.

The clarification order will be effective thirty days after it is published in the Federal Register, which is likely to occur quickly. However, as a practical matter, the clarifications are effective immediately in light of the rules being clarified already having taken effect.

For more information, see Kelley Drye’s Advisory on the clarification order.