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Eligible Telecommunications Carriers (ETCs)


Initial ETC Designation

Telecommunications carriers must be designated as Eligible Telecommunications Carriers (ETCs) to qualify for support from the Federal Universal Service Fund. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) grants ETC designations to qualified applicants. 

Petition for ETC status should include, at a minimum, a demonstration that the applicant meets the requirements of Federal Communications Commission Rule 47 C.F.R §54.201. Petitions should also include a demonstration that the requested designation is in the public interest.

Annual ETC Reporting Requirements

ETCs that Receive High Cost Support

The PUC must file an annual certification with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and the Federal Communications Commission stating that all federal high-cost support provided to ETCs within the State was used (in the preceding calendar year) and will be used (in the coming calendar year) only for the provision, maintenance and upgrading of facilities and services for which the support is intended.

All ETCs that receive high cost support must file the reports and certifications required by Rule 47 C.F.R. §54.313 annually.

2014 high cost reports and certifications should be filed in Docket P999/M-14-8  by July 1, 2014.

ETCs that Receive Low Income Support Only

ETCs that receive low income support only must file the reports and certifications required by Rule 47 C.F.R. §54.422 annually. 

2014 low income reports and certifications should be filed in Docket P999/PR-14-382 by July 1, 2014.