FCC Increases 2014 Voice Rate Floor to .46 | Tele-Tech Services Blog

FCC Increases 2014 Voice Rate Floor to $20.46

The FCC has set a new rate floor of $20.46 for eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs).

The Wireline Competition Bureau announced the change March 20, after completing a survey initiated on December 16, 2013.

The Bureau is also seeking comment on a petition to extend the deadline for compliance with the new rate floor. Several rural associations filed a petition to extend the deadline from July 1, 2014 to January 2, 2015.

Oppositions are due March 21; replies due March 31.

Rural carriers are complying with an FCC mandated three-step rate floor, in order to continue receiving high-cost loop support.  Local residential calling rates increased to $10 in July 2012 and $14 In July 2013.

The national urban average at the time of the first rate increase was $15.47.

Along with the 2014 rate floor, the FCC set the reasonable comparability benchmark for voice services at $46.96.

Read the Public Notice here.


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