Goto Section: 54.605 | 54.607 | Table of Contents
Revised as of April 3, 2020
Goto Year:2019 |
§ 54.606 Calculating support.
(a) The amount of universal service support provided for an eligible
service to be funded from the Telecommunications program shall be the
difference, if any, between the urban rate and the rural rate charged
for the services, as defined in this section. In addition, all
reasonable charges that are incurred by taking such services, such as
state and federal taxes, shall be eligible for universal service
support. Charges for termination liability, penalty surcharges, and
other charges not included in the cost of taking such service shall not
be covered by the universal service support mechanisms.
(b) The universal service support mechanisms shall provide support for
intrastate telecommunications services, as set forth in § 54.101(a),
provided to rural health care providers as well as interstate
(c) Mobile rural health care providers—(1) Calculation of support. The
support amount allowed under the Telecommunications Program for
satellite services provided to mobile rural health care providers is
calculated by comparing the rate for the satellite service to the rate
for an urban wireline service with a similar bandwidth. Support for
satellite services shall not be capped at an amount of a functionally
similar wireline alternative. Where the mobile rural health care
provider provides service in more than one state, the calculation shall
be based on the urban areas in each state, proportional to the number
of locations served in each state.
(2) Documentation of support. (i) Mobile rural health care providers
shall provide to the Administrator documentation of the price of
bandwidth equivalent wireline services in the urban area in the state
or states where the service is provided. Mobile rural health care
providers shall provide to the Administrator the number of sites the
mobile health care provider will serve during the funding year.
(ii) Where a mobile rural health care provider serves less than eight
different sites per year, the mobile rural health care provider shall
provide to the Administrator documentation of the price of bandwidth
equivalent wireline services. In such case, the Administrator shall
determine on a case-by-case basis whether the telecommunications
service selected by the mobile rural health care provider is the most
cost-effective option. Where a mobile rural health care provider seeks
a more expensive satellite-based service when a less expensive wireline
alternative is most cost-effective, the mobile rural health care
provider shall be responsible for the additional cost.
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Goto Section: 54.605 | 54.607
Goto Year: 2019 |
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