Table of Parts
Subpart A—General Information
Sec. 54.1 Basis and purpose.
Sec. 54.5 Terms and definitions.
Sec. 54.7 Intended use of federal universal service support.
Subpart B—Services Designated for Support
Sec. 54.101 Supported services for rural, insular and high cost areas.
Subpart C—Carriers Eligible for Universal Service Support
Sec. 54.201 Definition of eligible telecommunications carriers, generally.
Sec. 54.202 Additional requirements for Commission designation of eligible
Sec. 54.203 Designation of eligible telecommunications carriers for unserved
Sec. 54.205 Relinquishment of universal service.
Sec. 54.207 Service areas.
Sec. 54.209 Annual reporting requirements for designated eligible
Subpart D—Universal Service Support for High Cost Areas
Sec. 54.301 Local switching support.
Sec. 54.303 Long term support.
Sec. 54.305 Sale or transfer of exchanges.
Sec. 54.307 Support to a competitive eligible telecommunications carrier.
Sec. 54.309 Calculation and distribution of forward-looking support for
Sec. 54.311 Interim hold-harmless support for non-rural carriers.
Sec. 54.313 State certification of support for non-rural carriers.
Sec. 54.314 State certification of support for rural carriers.
Sec. 54.315 Disaggregation and targeting of high-cost support.
Sec. 54.316 Rate comparability review and certification for areas served by
Subpart E—Universal Service Support for Low-Income Consumers
Sec. 54.400 Terms and definitions.
Sec. 54.401 Lifeline defined.
Sec. 54.403 Lifeline support amount.
Sec. 54.405 Carrier obligation to offer Lifeline.
Sec. 54.407 Reimbursement for offering Lifeline.
Sec. 54.409 Consumer qualification for Lifeline.
Sec. 54.410 Certification and Verification of Consumer Qualification for
Sec. 54.411 Link Up program defined.
Sec. 54.413 Reimbursement for revenue forgone in offering a Link Up program.
Sec. 54.415 Consumer qualification for Link Up.
Sec. 54.416 Certification of consumer Qualification for Link Up.
Sec. 54.417 Recordkeeping requirements.
Subpart F—Universal Service Support for Schools and Libraries
Sec. 54.500 Terms and definitions.
Sec. 54.501 Eligibility for services provided by telecommunications carriers.
Sec. 54.502 Supported telecommunications services.
Sec. 54.503 Other supported special services.
Sec. 54.504 Requests for services.
Sec. 54.505 Discounts.
Sec. 54.506 Internal connections.
Sec. 54.507 Cap.
Sec. 54.508 Technology plans.
Sec. 54.509 Adjustments to the discount matrix.
Sec. 54.511 Ordering services.
Sec. 54.513 Resale and transfer of services.
Sec. 54.514 Payment for discounted service.
Sec. 54.515 Distributing support.
Sec. 54.516 Auditing.
Sec. 54.517 Services provided by non-telecommunications carriers.
Sec. 54.518 Support for wide area networks.
Sec. 54.519 State telecommunications networks.
Sec. 54.520 Children's Internet Protection Act certifications required from
recipients of discounts under the federal universal service support
mechanism for schools and libraries.
Sec. 54.521 Prohibition on participation: suspension and debarment.
Sec. 54.522 Eligible services list.
Sec. 54.523 Payment for the non-discount portion of supported services.
Subpart G—Universal Service Support for Health Care Providers
Sec. 54.601 Eligibility.
Sec. 54.603 Competitive bid requirements.
Sec. 54.604 Existing contracts.
Sec. 54.605 Determining the urban rate.
Sec. 54.607 Determining the rural rate.
Sec. 54.609 Calculating support.
Sec. 54.611 Distributing support.
Sec. 54.613 Limitations on supported services for rural health care
Sec. 54.615 Obtaining services.
Sec. 54.617 Resale.
Sec. 54.619 Audits and recordkeeping.
Sec. 54.621 Access to advanced telecommunications and information services.
Sec. 54.623 Cap.
Sec. 54.625 Support for services beyond the maximum supported distance for
rural health care providers.
Sec. 54.701 Administrator of universal service support mechanisms.
Sec. 54.702 Administrator's functions and responsibilities.
Sec. 54.703 The Administrator's Board of Directors.
Sec. 54.704 The Administrator's Chief Executive Officer.
Sec. 54.705 Committees of the Administrator's Board of Directors.
Sec. 54.706 Contributions.
Sec. 54.707 Audit controls.
Sec. 54.708 De minimis exemption.
Sec. 54.709 Computations of required contributions to universal service
Sec. 54.711 Contributor reporting requirements.
Sec. 54.712 Contributor recovery of universal service costs from end users.
Sec. 54.713 Contributors' failure to report or to contribute.
Sec. 54.715 Administrative expenses of the Administrator.
Sec. 54.717 Audits of the Administrator.
Subpart I—Review of Decisions Issued by the Administrator
Sec. 54.719 Parties permitted to seek review of Administrator decisions.
Sec. 54.720 Filing deadlines.
Sec. 54.721 General filing requirements.
Sec. 54.722 Review by the Wireline Competition Bureau or the Commission.
Sec. 54.723 Standard of review.
Sec. 54.724 Time periods for Commission approval of Administrator decisions.
Sec. 54.725 Universal service disbursements during pendency of a request for
review and Administrator decision.
Subpart J—Interstate Access Universal Service Support Mechanism
Sec. 54.800 Terms and definitions.
Sec. 54.801 General.
Sec. 54.802 Obligations of local exchange carriers and the Administrator.
Sec. 54.803 Universal service zones.
Sec. 54.804 Preliminary minimum access universal service support for a study
area calculated by the Administrator.
Sec. 54.805 Zone and study area above benchmark revenues calculated by the
Sec. 54.806 Calculation by the Administrator of interstate access universal
service support for areas served by price cap local exchange carriers.
Sec. 54.807 Interstate access universal service support.
Sec. 54.808 Transition provisions and periodic calculation.
Sec. 54.809 Carrier certification.
Subpart K—Interstate Common Line Support Mechanism for Rate-of-Return
Sec. 54.901 Calculation of Interstate Common Line Support.
Sec. 54.902 Calculation of Interstate Common Line Support for transferred
Sec. 54.903 Obligations of rate-of-return carriers and the Administrator.
Sec. 54.904 Carrier certification.
Authority: 47 U.S.C. 1, 4(i), 201, 205, 214, and 254 unless otherwise
Source: 62 FR 32948, June 17, 1997, unless otherwise noted.
Subpart A—General Information