FCC 54.318 Revised as of December 4, 2012
Goto Year:2011 |
§ 54.318 High-cost support; limitations on high-cost support.
(a) Beginning July 1, 2012, each carrier receiving high-cost support in
a study area under this subpart will receive the full amount of
high-cost support it otherwise would be entitled to receive if its
rates for residential local service plus state regulated fees as
defined in paragraph (e) of this section exceed a local urban rate
floor representing the national average of local urban rates plus state
regulated fees under the schedule specified in paragraph (f) of this
(b) Carriers whose rates for residential local service plus state
regulated fees offered for voice service are below the specified local
urban rate floor under the schedule below plus state regulated fees
shall have high-cost support reduced by an amount equal to the extent
to which its rates for residential local service plus state regulated
fees are below the local urban rate floor, multiplied by the number of
lines for which it is receiving support.
(c) This rule will apply only to rate-of-return carriers as defined in
§ 54.5 and carriers subject to price cap regulation as that term is
defined in § 61.3 of this chapter.
(d) For purposes of this section, high-cost support is defined as the
support available pursuant to § 36.631 of this chapter and frozen
high-cost support provided to price cap carriers to the extent it is
based on support previously provided pursuant to § § 36.631 or 54.309 of
(e) State regulated fees. (1) Beginning on July 1, 2012, for purposes
of calculating limitations on high-cost support under this section,
state regulated fees shall be limited to state subscriber line charges,
state universal service fees and mandatory extended area service
charges, which shall be determined as part of a local rate survey, the
results of which shall be published annually.
(2) Federal subscriber line charges shall not be included in
calculating limitations on high-cost support under this section.
(f) Schedule. High-cost support will be limited where the rate for
residential local service plus state regulated fees are below the local
urban rate floor representing the national average of local urban rates
plus state regulated fees under the schedule specified in this
paragraph. To the extent end user rates plus state regulated fees are
below local urban rate floors plus state regulated fees, appropriate
reductions in high-cost support will be made by the Universal Service
(g) Any reductions in high-cost support under this section will not be
redistributed to other carriers that receive support pursuant to
§ 36.631 of this chapter.
(h) If, due to changes in local service rates, a local exchange carrier
makes an updated rate filing pursuant to section 54.313(h)(2), the
Universal Service Administrative Company will update the support
reduction applied pursuant to paragraphs (b) and (f) of this section.
(i) For the purposes of this section and the reporting of rates
pursuant to paragraph 313(h), rates for residential local service
provided pursuant to measured or message rate plans or as part of a
bundle of services should be calculated as follows:
(1) Rates for measured or message service shall be calculated by adding
the basic rate for local service plus the additional charges incurred
for measured service, using the mean number of minutes or message units
for all customers subscribing to that rate plan multiplied by the
applicable rate per minute or message unit. The local service rate
includes additional charges for measured service only to the extent
that the average number of units used by subscribers to that rate plan
exceeds the number of units that are included in the plan. Where
measured service plans have multiple rates for additional units, such
as peak and off-peak rates, the calculation should reflect the average
number of units that subscribers to the rate plan pay at each rate.
(2) For bundled service, the residential local service rate is the
local service rate as tariffed, if applicable, or as itemized on
end-user bills. If a carrier neither tariffs nor itemizes the local
voice service rate on bills for bundled services, the local service
rate is the rate of a similar stand-alone local voice service that it
offers to consumers in that study area.
[ 76 FR 73876 , Nov. 29, 2011, as amended at 77 FR 14302 , Mar. 9, 2012;
77 FR 30914 , May 24, 2012]
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