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.
2016 high cost reports and certifications should be filed in Docket P999/M-16-8 by July 1, 2016.
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.
The edit should be made to the highlighted portion to change the docket number to Docket P999/PR-16-08 and the date changed to July 1, 2016.
Low Income Program Audits
ETCs that receive $5 million or more annually in the aggregate, on a holding company basis, in Lifeline reimbursements must obtain a third party biennial audit of their compliance with the federal Lifeline rules, as required by Rule 47 C.F.R. §54.420. Finalized audit reports for 2015 are due by April 2, 2015, and must be filed with the FCC, USAC, and state commissions. Minnesota reports should be filed in Docket No. P999/PR-15-329.