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Title 47Chapter ISubchapter BPart 54Subpart D → §54.303


Title 47: Telecommunication
PART 54—UNIVERSAL SERVICE
Subpart D—Universal Service Support for High Cost Areas


§54.303   Eligible Capital Investment and Operating Expenses.

(a) Eligible Operating Expenses. Each study area's eligible operating expenses for purposes of calculating universal service support pursuant to subparts K and M of this part shall be adjusted as follows:

(1) Total eligible annual operating expenses per location shall be limited as follows: Calculate Exp(Ŷ + 1.5 * mean square error of the regression), where

Ŷ = α̂ + β̂1X1 + β̂2X2 + β̂3X3

α̂, β̂1, β̂2, and β̂3 are the coefficients from the regression,

X1 is the natural log of the number of housing units in the study area,

X2 is the natural log of the number of density (number of housing units per square mile), and

X3 is the square of the natural log of the density

(2) Eligible operating expenses are the sum of Cable and Wire Facilities Expense, Central Office Equipment Expense, Network Support and General Expense, Network Operations Expense, Limited Corporate Operations Expense, Information Origination/Termination Expense, Other Property Plant and Equipment Expenses, Customer Operations Expense: Marketing, and Customer Operations Expense: Services.

(3) For purposes of this section, the number of housing units will be determined per the most recently available U.S Census data for each census block in that study area. If a census block is partially within a study area, the number of housing units in that portion of the census block will be determined based upon the percentage geographic area of the census block within the study area.

(4) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (a) of this section, total eligible annual operating expenses for 2016 will be limited to the total eligible annual operating expenses as defined in this section plus one half of the amount of total eligible annual expense as calculated prior to the application of this section.

(5) For any study area subject to the limitation described in this paragraph, a required percentage reduction will be calculated for that study area's total eligible annual operating expenses. Each category or account used to determine that study area's total eligible annual operating expenses will then be reduced by this required percentage reduction.

(6) For a period of five years following the implementation of paragraph (a) of this section, the total eligible annual operating expenses per location in paragraph (a) shall be adjusted annually to account for changes to the Department of Commerce's Gross Domestic Product Chain-type Price Index (GDP-CPI).

(7) For those study areas where a majority of the housing units are on Tribal lands, as determined by the Wireline Competition Bureau, and meet the following conditions, total eligible annual operating expenses per location shall be limited by calculating Exp (Ŷ + 2.5 * mean square error of the regression): The carrier serving the study area has not deployed broadband service of 10 Mbps download/1 Mbps upload to 90 percent or more of the housing units on the Tribal lands in its study area and unsubsidized competitors have not deployed broadband service of 10 Mbps download/1 Mbps upload to 85 percent or more of the housing units on the Tribal lands in its study area.

(b) [Reserved]

[81 FR 24337, Apr. 25, 2016, as amended at 82 FR 14339, Mar. 20, 2017; 82 FR 16127, Apr. 3, 2017; 82 FR 22903, May 19, 2017; 83 FR 18964, May 1, 2018 ;83 FR 30884, July 2, 2018; 84 FR 4730, Feb. 19, 2019]

Editorial Note: At 83 FR 18950, 18964, May 1, 2018, §54.303 was amended by adding paragraph (a)(6), however, the agency provided two different (a)(6)'s and we were not sure which one to add correctly, so the amendment could not be incorporated due to inaccurate amendatory instruction.

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