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Petition for Reconsideration Filed by AT&T

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AGENCY:

Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION:

Final rule; petition for reconsideration.

SUMMARY:

In this document, the Commission denies AT&T's Petition for Reconsideration to adopt a proposal to base contributions on current revenues. The Commission concludes that under this proposal, the contribution factor is set using prior-year revenues, but carriers contribute based on application of this contribution factor to their current revenues.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Richard Smith, Attorney, Common Start Printed Page 16145Carrier Bureau, Accounting Policy Division, (202) 418-7400.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This is a summary of the Commission's Order on Reconsideration in CC Docket No. 96-45 released on March 14, 2001. The full text of this document is available for public inspection during regular business hours in the FCC Reference Center, Room CY-A257, 445 Twelfth Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554.

1. The Commission denies AT&T's Petition for Reconsideration at this time to adopt a proposal to base contributions on current revenues. The Commission concludes that under this proposal, the contribution factor is set using prior-year revenues, but carriers contribute based on application of this contribution factor to their current revenues. This proposal would increase reporting burdens on carriers by requiring carriers to file revenue information 13 times per year within very short timeframes. We agree with the majority of commenters that this proposal would be unduly burdensome on carriers, particularly smaller carriers. We also have concerns that the adoption of this proposal might affect the sufficiency of the universal service fund and require the collection of a reserve fund to protect against a fund shortfall. For these reasons, we decline to adopt this proposal at this time and deny AT&T's petition.

2. The Commission will send a copy of this Order in a report to be sent to Congress pursuant to the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, see 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A). In addition, the Commission will send a copy of the Order to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration. A copy of the Order and FRFA (or summaries thereof) will also be published in the Federal Register. See 5 U.S.C. 604(b).

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3. Pursuant to the authority contained in sections 4(i), 4(j), 254, and 303(r) of the Communications Act of 1934, this Order on Reconsideration is adopted.

4. The Petition for Reconsideration filed on March 1, 2000 by AT&T is denied.

5. The Commission's Consumer Information Bureau, Reference Information Center shall send a copy of this Order on Reconsideration to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration.

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List of Subjects 47 CFR Part 54

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Federal Communications Commission.

Magalie Roman Salas,

Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 01-7230 Filed 3-22-01; 8:45 am]

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