The FCC has released the following Notices regarding the Connect America Fund:

  • Connect America Cost Model: A Public Notice has been released announcing upcoming changes to the alternative Connect America cost model.  The Wireline Bureau has been refining the model and expects to complete incorporating updated results from the study area boundary collection in the near future.  Attached to the Public Notice, the Commission provides a table showing the default plant mix input values for each state in v1.0.1 of the A-CAM.  Commenters are invited to submit proposed corrections to those values.  Comments are due by August 28, 2015.
  • Rate of Return Study Area:  A Public Notice announces that the Wireline Bureau has adopted the methodology used to determine rate-of-return carrier study areas subject to 100 percent overlap, and seeks comment on this preliminary determination.  High-cost universal service support for the study areas on the final list will be frozen at the amount disbursed in the prior calendar year, and the phase-down in support will commence once this list has been finalized.  Comments are due August 28, 2015 and reply comments are due September 28, 2015.

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