FCC Seeks Comment on the Role of Intercarrier Compensation and the Universal Service Fund in the National Broadband PlanComments Due December 7, 2009

Kelley Drye Client Advisory

On November 13, 2009, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or Commission”) released a public notice (“Notice”) seeking comment on a variety of issues related to the Commission’s Universal Service Fund (“USF”) and Intercarrier Compensation policies and how the Commission can further its goals of universal broadband availability.

The Notice identifies seven general issues and poses numerous questions regarding each issue. The seven issues are as follows:

  1. The size of the USF
  2. USF contribution methodology
  3. Transitioning the current High-Cost USF support mechanism to support broadband deployment
  4. The impact of changes in the current USF and intercarrier compensation revenue flows
  5. The impact of the competitive landscape for service providers and technology on USF and broadband deployment
  6. Appropriate oversight and accountability mechanisms for High-Cost funding
  7. The extension of Low-Income USF support to establish a Broadband Lifeline/Link Up program

Despite the seemingly general nature of the above issue categories, the Commission has made clear that it would like comments to contain detailed and in-depth discussions of the issues.

Please be advised that attorneys in Kelley Drye & Warren’s Communications practice group are experienced in addressing issues related to the USF program, intercarrier compensation and broadband deployment and are able to assist clients in submitting comments on these issues. For more information regarding this alert, please contact your usual Kelley Drye attorney or any member of the Communications practice group.