IUB Issues Informational Order on ETC Filings
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Posted by: Andrea Haney
As predicted in Friday’s
ITA Update, the IUB issued an Order yesterday to provide guidance to Iowa
ETCs on how to comply with the FCC’s May 8th Public Notice requiring all ETCs
to file reports with the FCC, USAC and the state commissions by July 2,
The May 8th FCC Public
Notice directs ETCs to file the following information required by 47 C.F.R. §§
54.313(a)(2) through (a)(6):
information regarding 2011 outages of 30 minutes or more, particularly
those affecting 10 percent or more of the carrier’s end users and/or 911
number of requests for service that were unfulfilled during 2011 and the
ways the carrier attempted to provide service to those potential
number of complaints per 1,000 connections received by the carrier during
of compliance with applicable service quality standards and consumer
protection rules during 2011; and
that the carrier is able to function in emergency situations.
During the past couple
of weeks there was uncertainty and discussion as to whether or not Iowa ETCs
needed to re-file this information.
Last week, IUB staff
talked with FCC staff person Alex Minard and determined that some of the
information on the May 1st Iowa ETC filings was similar to what is required by
the FCC’s July 2nd filing and therefore should be re-filed.
In its Order, the IUB
advises that ETCs should simply file those portions of their 2012 Iowa reports
related to the requirements under §§ 54.313(a)(2) through (6) with the FCC and
USAC (and re-file them with the Board). In other words, ETCs need not
file their Network Improvement Plans or other information included in their May
1st ETC filings that go beyond the scope of (a)(2) – (6).
In addition, on May
14, 2012, the FCC issued its Third Order on Reconsideration clarifying that
ETCs need report "additional voice rate data” only if their local
residential rates and fees are below $10 per month as of June 1, 2012.
IUB staff will begin
reviewing the May 1st Annual Reports and the July 2nd filings in early July to
meet its obligation to certify to the FCC and USAC by October 1st that every
ETC has used its high-cost USF support as intended.
Finally, the IUB gave
the following additional guidance:
must be made by July 2, 2012; the IUB advises that any filing made after
3:30 pm on that date will likely not receive a July 2 date stamp.
that file reports pursuant to this order should title their filings as
"Section 54.313 Annual Report for 2012.”
that consider any of the information in a § 54.313 Annual Report to be
confidential, should file both a public and confidential version of the
material using the Board’s EFS according to the Board’s rules at 199 IAC
14.2, along with a request for confidential treatment pursuant to 199 IAC
1.9 and Iowa Code § 22.7.
Questions should be
directed to Jim Langenberg, Utility Analyst, 515-725-7327 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to read the
Order -- https://efs.iowa.gov/efiling/groups/external/documents/docket/110106.pdf
As a reminder from Friday’s ITA Update, the filings
with the FCC should use the ECFS filing system and reference WC Docket Nos.
10–90, 07–135, 05–337, 03–109; GN Docket No. 09–51; CC Docket Nos. 01–92,
96–45; WT Docket No. 10–208; FCC 11–161. The filings for USAC may be made
either electronically (via CD or email) or paper, addressed to High Cost
Filings (email@example.com) or via
mail to USAC, 2000 L Street, NW, Ste 200, WDC 20036.