From the intricacies of USF contributions to revisions in the four support funds, this podcast will help any communications provider understand and thrive in this space.
This update addresses the major developments in the past year. In the area of USF contributions, partners John J. Heitmann and Steve A. Augustino, and associates Denise Smith and Josh Guyan discuss the most recent USF appeals, the FCC's referral of contributions reform to a Federal-State Joint Board and, of course, our annual review of what you need to know in the FCC's Form 499-A instructions. The podcast also addresses what to expect in the new mandatory USAC appeal process for USF decisions.
In relation to the supported programs, the podcast discusses the significant changes made to the FCC's e-rate program, and the impact of the nearly $1.5 billion annually being added to the e-rate fund. It also discusses key issues for Lifeline carriers, including the latest on duplicates detection, biennial audits and the re-certification process. In addition, the podcast covers critical issues affecting rural healthcare providers and participants in the Connect America Fund high cost program. Finally, it concludes with an overview of USF enforcement actions and the activities of the new USF "Strike Force" in the FCC's Enforcement Bureau.