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DA 98-2410
Released November 25, 1998


COMMON CARRIER BUREAU SEEKS COMMENT ON
UNIVERSAL SERVICE JOINT BOARD'S
SECOND RECOMMENDED DECISION
CC Docket No. 96-45

Comment Date: December 23, 1998
Reply Comment Date: January 13, 1999



On November 23, 1998, the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service adopted the Second Recommended Decision providing the Commission with recommendations regarding high cost universal service support mechanisms for non-rural carriers.(1) The Common Carrier Bureau seeks comment on the Joint Board's recommendations.

Parties wishing to comment on the Second Recommended Decision are directed to file the comments on or before December 23, 1998, and to file reply comments on or before January 13, 1999, in accordance with section 1.415 of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. 1.415, and the procedures set forth below.

Procedure for Filing

All filings should reference: Comments on Joint Board Second Recommended Decision, CC Docket No. 96-45, and should include the DA number shown on this Public Notice. Interested parties must file an original and six copies of their comments with the Office of Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, 445 Twelfth Street, S.W., Room TW-A325, Washington, D.C. 20554. Parties should send one copy of their comments to the Commission's copy contractor, International Transcription Service, 1231 20th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036. Copies of documents filed with the Commission, including the Second Recommended Decision, may be obtained from the International Transcription Service, 1231 20th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036, (202) 857-3800. Documents are also available for review and copying at the FCC Reference Center, 445 Twelfth Street, S.W., Room TW-A325, Washington, D.C. 20554, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Parties may also file comments electronically via the Internet at: <http://www.fcc.gov/e-file/ecfs.html>. Only one copy of an electronic submission must be submitted. In completing the transmittal screen, commenters should include their full name, Postal Service mailing address, and the lead docket number for this proceeding, which is CC Docket No. 96-45. Parties not submitting their comments via the Internet are also asked to submit their comments on diskette. Parties submitting diskettes should submit them to Sheryl Todd, Common Carrier Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 2100 M. St, N.W., 8th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20554. Such a submission should be on a 3.5 inch diskette formatted in an IBM compatible format using WordPerfect 5.1 for Windows or compatible software. The diskette should be accompanied by a cover letter and should be submitted in "read only" mode. The diskette should be clearly labelled with the party's name, proceeding (including the lead docket number in this case, Docket No. 96-45, type of pleading -- comment or reply comment), date of submission, and the name of the electronic file on the diskette. Each diskette should contain only one party's pleadings, preferably in a single electronic file. In addition, parties must send copies to the Commission's copy contractor, International Transcription Service, Inc., 1231 20th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036.

For further information, contact Chuck Keller, Accounting Policy Division, Common Carrier Bureau at (202) 418-7400, TTY (202) 418-0484, or via e-mail: <ckeller@fcc.gov>.

Action by the Deputy Chief, Common Carrier Bureau.

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1. Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, Second Recommended Decision, CC Docket No. 96-45, FCC 98J-7 (Jt. Bd., rel. Nov. 25, 1998).