Keller and Heckman Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. VIII Issue 48

Posted by Keller and Heckman LLP.

FCC Releases Text of USF and Intercarrier Compensation Report and Order

Last month, the FCC adopted a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ("Report and Order") refocusing the Universal Service Fund ("USF") on broadband and adopting a series of reforms to USF and Intercarrier Compensation ("ICC"). (See, Vol VIII, Issue 44). The FCC released its 751-page Report and Order last week. As expected, the Report and Order will require USF funds to support broadband service in addition to voice service. Over time, existing USF programs will be subsumed within the broadband-focused Connect America Fund ("CAF"). Comments on the USF portion of the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ("FNPRM") are due January 18, 2012 and Reply Comments must be filed by February 17th. Comments on the Intercarrier Compensation portion of the FNPRM are due February 24th and Reply Comments must be submitted by March 30th. For more information, please contact Doug Jarrett (202.434.4180; jarrett@khlaw.com).

AT&T Withdraws T-Mobile Transfer of Control Application from FCC

On November 24th, AT&T and Deutsche Telekom withdrew their transfer of control application from the FCC. The companies apparently have decided to focus on the Department of Justice's antitrust lawsuit, believing the FCC will grant a revised transfer of control application after a favorable court decision or approved settlement. In March, the companies announced that AT&T agreed to acquire T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion. For more information, please see Keller and Heckman's Beyond Telecom Law Blog or contact Doug Jarrett (202.434.4180; jarrett@khlaw.com).

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