FCC Proposes Extension of the Freeze of Jurisdictional Separations

Author: Public Notice
Coverage Type: public notice
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

In this Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Further Notice), we propose a further eighteen month extension of the freeze of jurisdictional separations category relationships and cost allocation factors for rate-of-return incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) while we continue to work with the Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations (Joint Board) to overhaul our separations rules.

The separations rules have long been frozen in recognition of the sweeping technical and regulatory changes that have been occurring in the communications sector over the last two decades. Having made progress in implementing changes to our intercarrier compensation regime and to the high cost universal services support program, and having recently reformed our Part 32 accounting rules, now is the time to address the separations rules. In this Further Notice, we seek comment on the proposed extension and describe the path we envision towards comprehensive reform of the jurisdictional separations procedures embodied in the Commission’s rules.


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