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The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) announced the availability of version 4.2 of the Connect America Cost Model (CAM v4.2). It incorporates changes to the broadband coverage used by the model to implement the FCC decision to exclude from the offer of model-based support any census block that is served by a subsidized facilities-based terrestrial competitor offering fixed residential voice and broadband services meeting or exceeding speeds of 3 Mbps/768 kbps. The Bureau also:
- Released results for CAM v4.2 illustrating the number of locations that would be eligible for the offer of model-based Connect America Phase II support using the revised broadband coverage. Removing census blocks served by subsidized competitors from the offer of model-based support increases the extremely high-cost threshold increases for $207.81 to $209.32.
- Announced the availability of the first version of a model that could be used for rate-of-return carriers that voluntarily elect to transition to model-based support, the Alternative Cost America Model (A-CAM v1.0).
The Oregon Public Utility Commission scheduled a service quality workshop for January 15, 2015. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss telecommunications Service Quality (SQ) in general, provide information regarding filing various reports, receive input about SQ rules, and provide information about planned expansion of SQ on-site reviews. The workshop is not intended to be a legal discussion. It is also not an introduction of potential rule making, although the PUC is interested in learning what rules might need to be changed. There is no open docket related to SQ and the primary purpose is to provide helpful information and obtain input. Parties interested in attending the workshop should send an email to Stephen.firstname.lastname@example.org by December 31, 2014.