News

To help keep you informed and up-to-date on all of the important Universal Service Fund issues, we have complied recent news articles and events.

Take a look at what is being said about important telecommuncations issues!

Ad Hoc Coalition expresses support for USTelecom Carriers Carrier Rule Improvement
On April 18, 2012, the Coalition filed an ex parte letter with the FCC expressing support for USTelecom’s recommendations to improve the Carrier’s Carrier Rule ("CCR"). More...

Coalition files ex parte letter urging Commission to reconsider de minimis rule
the Coalition filed an ex parte letter urging the Commission to immediately take action to prevent the inequitable and discriminatory consequences resulting from the policy forbidding de minimis contributors from electing to become direct USF contributors. More...

NetworkIP Presents Interview with Ad Hoc Coalition Founder, Jonathan Marashlian
In a recent interview with NetworkIP, Ad Hoc Coalition founder Jonathan Marashlian talks about the regulatory compliance responsibilities facing prepaid calling card providers. More...

Ad Hoc Coalition Files Comments on USAC's Request for Guidance
ACITC files Comments with the FCC in response to USAC's request for guidance regarding the Carrier's Carrier Rule and specific procedures related thereto. More...

Prepaid Press features interview with Pete Pattullo, CEO of NetworkIP and ACITC organizer
Pete Pattullo, CEO of NetworkIP and organizer of the ACITC, spoke with the Prepaid Press about recent developments in USF reform and the Coalitions objectives in 2011. More...

ACITC Meets with FCC to Discuss USF Reform
On August 18, 2010, the Coalition met with Vickie Robinson and Nicolas Degani of the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau on behalf of the Ad Hoc Coalition of International Telecommunications Companies ("Coalition") to discuss universal service fund ("USF") reform. Also joining by phone were Carol Pomponio, Claudia Fox, and Chin Yoo. The Coalition's recommendations for reforming the Carrier's Carrier Rule was discussed. More...

Coalition submitted an ex parte letter outlining problems with the current USF contribution system
The Coalition pointed to unclear, ambiguous rules developed without transparency including the CCR as the chief offender. The Coalition proposed a number of reforms. More...

ACITC Files Third Petition with FCC Addressing USF Inequities
The Coalition filed its Third Petition with the FCC to highlight inequities in USAC's administration of the Universal Service Fund which are particularly problematic and costly for participants in the international telecommunications industry. More...

ACITC Files Comments Reiterating Concerns About the Carrier's Carrier Rule
The Coalition recently filed comments with the FCC reiterating its concerns about the Carrier's Carrier Rule and drawing parallels between its pending Petition and the issues currently being debated by AT&T, Verizon, et. al. The Coalition once again urged the Commission to act upon its Petition by immediately suspending all further enforcement of the Carrier's Carrier Rule and initiating a rulemaking proceeding in which to sort out and clarify its rules. More...

Coalition submitted an ex parte letter to clarify its position on reporting to the USF based upon prepaid calling card ("PPCC") revenues
The Coalition clarified that it does not advocate exemption of all PPCC distributor revenues, but instead asks that the Commission instruct USAC not to treat revenues received from sales of PPCCs to third-party distributors as retail “end-user” revenues. More...

ACITC Files ex parte letter with FCC regarding the injustice of "Face Value" revenue reporting
On November 18th, the Coalition filed the attached Ex Parte letter with the FCC to clarify its position regarding the injustice of "Face Value" revenue reporting; a position which had been mischaracterized by Verizon in an earlier pleading. More...

Ad Hoc Coalition Files Second Petition with FCC to Reform USF Rules
On September 4, 2009, the Ad Hoc Coalition filed a petition for a declaratory ruling that the Universal Service Administrative Company lacks authority to indirectly assess Universal Service Fund fees on International-Only Providers and that the FCC lacks jurisdiction over certain International Providers. More...

Ad Hoc Coalition Comments on Network IP Proceeding
On September 8, 2009, the Ad Hoc Coalition filed comments with the FCC supporting a request by Network Enhanced Telecom, LLP for a review of a 2008 audit by the Universal Service Administrative Company. More...

FCC Seeks Comment on Second ACITC Petition
On September 28, 2009, the FCC placed the second Petition for Declaratory Ruling filed by the Ad Hoc Coalition on public notice, seeking comments on the Coalition's petition. More...

Ad Hoc Coalition Featured in The Prepaid Press
In June 2009, The Prepaid Press featured an interview with Ad Hoc Coalition founder Jonathan Marashlian about the Coalition More...

FCC Requests Comment on ACITC Petition
On May 7, 2009, the FCC placed the Petition for Declaratory Ruling filed by the Adhoc Coalition on public notice, seeking comments on the Coalition More...

ACITC Petitions FCC to Reform USF Rules Applied to ITSPs
On February 12, 2009, the Ad Hoc Coalition filed a Petition for Declaratory Ruling with the FCC asking the FCC to hold that, among other things, qualifying downstream carriers may choose to either accept supplier pass-through surcharges or pay Universal Service fees directly. More...

Ad Hoc Coalition files comments in response to a request for guidance from the FCC by USAC
The Coalition filed comments in response to a request for guidance from the FCC by USAC on April 1, 2011. More...