47 CFR 54.301 - Local switching support.

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§ 54.301 Local switching support.
(a) Calculation of local switching support.
(1) Beginning January 1, 1998 and ending December 31, 2011, an incumbent local exchange carrier that has been designated an eligible telecommunications carrier and that serves a study area with 50,000 or fewer access lines shall receive support for local switching costs using the following formula: The carrier's projected annual unseparated local switching revenue requirement, calculated pursuant to paragraph (d) of this section, shall be multiplied by the local switching support factor. Beginning January 1, 2012 and ending June 30, 2012, a rate-of-return carrier, as that term is defined in § 54.5 of this chapter, that is an incumbent local exchange carrier that has been designated an eligible telecommunications carrier and that serves a study area with 50,000 or fewer access lines and is not affiliated with a price cap carrier, as that term is defined in § 61.3(aa) of this chapter, shall receive support for local switching costs frozen at the same support level received for calendar year 2011, subject to true-up. For purposes of this section, local switching costs shall be defined as Category 3 local switching costs under part 36 of this chapter. Beginning January 1, 2012, no carrier that is a price cap carrier, as that term is defined in § 61.3(aa) of this chapter, or a rate-of-return carrier, as that term is defined in § 54.5 of this chapter, that is affiliated with a price cap carrier, shall receive local switching support. Beginning July 1, 2012, no carrier shall receive local switching support.
(2) Local switching support factor.
(i) The local switching support factor shall be defined as the difference between the 1996 weighted interstate DEM factor, calculated pursuant to § 36.125(f) of this chapter, and the 1996 unweighted interstate DEM factor.
(ii) If the number of a study area's access lines increases such that, under § 36.125(f) of this chapter, the weighted interstate DEM factor for 1997 or any successive year would be reduced, that lowered weighted interstate DEM factor shall be applied to the study area's 1996 unweighted interstate DEM factor to derive a new local switching support factor. If the number of a study area's access lines decreases or has decreased such that, under § 36.125(f) of this chapter, the weighted interstate DEM factor for 2010 or any successive year would be raised, that higher weighted interstate DEM factor shall be applied to the study area's 1996 unweighted interstate DEM factor to derive a new local switching support factor.
(3) Beginning January 1, 1998, the sum of the unweighted interstate DEM factor, as defined in § 36.125(a)(5) of this chapter, and the local switching support factor shall not exceed 0.85. If the sum of those two factors would exceed 0.85, the local switching support factor shall be reduced to a level that would reduce the sum of the factors to 0.85.
(b) Submission of data to the Administrator. Until October 1, 2011, each incumbent local exchange carrier that has been designated an eligible telecommunications carrier and that serves a study area with 50,000 or fewer access lines shall, for each study area, provide the Administrator with the projected total unseparated dollar amount assigned to each account listed below for the calendar year following each filing. This information must be provided to the Administrator no later than October 1 of each year. The Administrator shall use this information to calculate the projected annual unseparated local switching revenue requirement pursuant to paragraph (d) of this section.
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Telecommunications Plant in Service (TPIS) Account 2001
Telecommunications Plant—Other Accounts 2002, 2003, 2005
General Support Assets Account 2110
Central Office Assets Accounts 2210, 2220, 2230
Central Office-switching, Category 3 (local switching) Account 2210, Category 3
Information Origination/termination Assets Account 2310
Cable and Wire Facilities Assets Account 2410
Amortizable Tangible Assets Account 2680
Intangibles Account 2690
II
Rural Telephone Bank (RTB) Stock Included in Account 1410
Materials and Supplies Account 1220.1
Cash Working Capital Defined in 47 CFR 65.820(d)
III
Accumulated Depreciation Account 3100
Accumulated Amortization Included in Accounts 2005, 2680, 2690, 3410
Net Deferred Operating Income Taxes Accounts 4100, 4340
Network Support Expenses Account 6110
General Support Expenses Account 6120
Central Office Switching, Operator Systems, and Central Office Transmission Expenses Accounts 6210, 6220, 6230
Information Origination/Termination Expenses Account 6310
Cable and Wire Facilities Expenses Account 6410
Other Property, Plant and Equipment Expenses Account 6510
Network Operations Expenses Account 6530
Access Expense Account 6540
Depreciation and Amortization Expense Account 6560
Marketing Expense Account 6610
Services Expense Account 6620
Corporate Operations Expense Account 6720
Operating Taxes Accounts 7230, 7240
Federal Investment Tax Credits Account 7210
Provision for Deferred Operating Income Taxes-Net Account 7250
Allowance for Funds Used During Construction Included in Account 7300
Charitable Contributions Included in Account 7300
Interest and Related Items Account 7500
IV
Other Non-Current Assets Included in Account 1410
Deferred Maintenance and Retirements Included in Account 1438
Deferred Charges Included in Account 1438
Other Jurisdictional Assets and Liabilities Accounts 1500, 4370
Customers' Deposits Account 4040
Other Long-Term Liabilities Included in Account 4300
(c) Allocation of accounts to switching. The Administrator shall allocate to local switching, the accounts reported pursuant to paragraph (b) of this section as prescribed in this paragraph.
(1) General Support Assets (Account 2110); Amortizable Tangible Assets (Account 2680); Intangibles (Account 2690); and General Support Expenses (Account 6120) shall be allocated according to the following factor:
Account 2210 Category÷3 (Account 2210 Account 2220 Account 2230 Account 2310 Account 2410).
(2) Telecommunications Plant—Other (Accounts 2002, 2003, 2005); Rural Telephone Bank (RTB) Stock (included in Account 1410); Materials and Supplies (Account 1220.1); Cash Working Capital (Sec. 65.820(d) of this chapter); Accumulated Amortization (Included in Accounts 2005, 2680, 2690, 3410); Net Deferred Operating Income Taxes (Accounts 4100, 4340); Network Support Expenses (Account 6110); Other Property, Plant and Equipment Expenses (Account 6510); Network Operations Expenses (Account 6530); Marketing Expense (Account 6610); Services Expense (Account 6620); Operating Taxes (Accounts 7230, 7240); Federal Investment Tax Credits (Accounts 7210); Provision for Deferred Operating Income Taxes—Net (Account 7250); Interest and Related Items (Account 7500); Allowance for Funds Used During Construction (Included in Account 7300); Charitable Contributions (included in Account 7300); Other Non-current Assets (Included in Account 1410); Other Jurisdictional Assets and Liabilities (Accounts 1500, 4370); Customer Deposits (Account 4040); Other Long-term Liabilities (Included in Account 4300); and Deferred Maintenance and Retirements (Included in Account 1438) shall be allocated according to the following factor:
Account 2210 Category 3 Account 2001.
(3) Accumulated Depreciation for Central Office—switching (Account 3100 associated with Account 2210) and Depreciation and Amortization Expense for Central Office—switching (Account 6560 associated with Account 2210) shall be allocated according to the following factor:
Account 2210 Category 3÷Account 2210.
(4) Accumulated Depreciation for General Support Assets (Account 3100 associated with Account 2110) and Depreciation and Amortization Expense for General Support Assets (Account 6560 associated with Account 2110) shall be allocated according to the following factor:
Account 2210 Category 3 ÷ Account 2001.
(5) Corporate Operations Expenses (Account 6720) shall be allocated according to the following factor:
[[Account 2210 Category 3 (Account 2210 Account 2220 Account 2230)]] × (Account 6210 Account 6220 Account 6230)] [(Account 6530 Account 6610 Account 6620) × (Account 2210 Category 3 Account 2001)] (Account 6210 Account 6220 Account 6230 Account 6310 Account 6410 Account 6530 Account 6610 Account 6620).
(6) Central Office Switching, Operator Systems, and Central Office Transmission Expenses (Account 6210, Account 6220, Account 6230) shall be allocated according to the following factor:
Account 2210 Category 3 ÷ (Accounts 2210 2220 2230).
(d) Calculation of the projected annual unseparated local switching revenue requirement. The Administrator shall calculate the projected annual unseparated local switching revenue requirement by summing the components listed in this paragraph.
(1) Return on Investment attributable to COE Category 3 shall be obtained by multiplying the average projected unseparated local switching net investment by the authorized interstate rate of return. Projected unseparated local switching net investment shall be calculated as of each December 31 by deducting the accumulated reserves, deferrals and customer deposits attributable to the COE Category 3 investment from the gross investment attributable to COE Category 3. The average projected unseparated local switching net investment shall be calculated by summing the projected unseparated local switching net investment as of December 31 of the calendar year following the filing year and such investment as of December 31 of the filing year and dividing by 2.
(2) Depreciation expense attributable to COE Category 3 investment, allocated pursuant to paragraph (c) of this section.
(3) All expenses, excluding depreciation expense, collected in paragraph (b) of this section, allocated pursuant to paragraph (c) of this section.
(4) Federal income tax attributable to COE Category 3 shall be calculated using the following formula; the accounts listed shall be allocated pursuant to paragraph (c) of this section:
[Return on Investment attributable to COE Category 3—Included in Account 7300—Account 7500-Account 7210)] × [Federal Income Tax Rate (1—Federal Income Tax Rate)].
(e) True-up adjustment—
(1) Submission of true-up data. Until December 31, 2012, each incumbent local exchange carrier that has been designated an eligible telecommunications carrier and that serves a study area with 50,000 or fewer access lines shall, for each study area, provide the Administrator with the historical total unseparated dollar amount assigned to each account listed in paragraph (b) of this section for each calendar year no later than 12 months after the end of such calendar year
(2) Calculation of true-up adjustment.
(i) The Administrator shall calculate the historical annual unseparated local switching revenue requirement for each carrier when historical data for each calendar year are submitted.
(ii) The Administrator shall calculate each carrier's local switching support payment, calculated pursuant to 54.301(a), using its historical annual unseparated local switching revenue requirement.
(iii) For each carrier receiving local switching support, the Administrator shall calculate the difference between the support payment calculated pursuant to paragraph (e)(2)(ii) of this section and its support payment calculated using its projected annual unseparated local switching revenue requirement.
(iv) The Administrator shall adjust each carrier's local switching support payment by the difference calculated in paragraph (e)(2)(iii) of this section no later than 15 months after the end of the calendar year for which historical data are submitted.
[63 FR 2126, Jan. 13, 1998; 63 FR 33585, June 19, 1998, as amended at 67 FR 13226, Mar. 21, 2002; 67 FR 5701, Feb. 6, 2002; 75 FR 17874, Apr. 8, 2010; 76 FR 73870, Nov. 29, 2011; 77 FR 14302, Mar. 9, 2012]

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