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§ 0.91 Functions of the Bureau.
Link to an amendment published at 86 FR 48520 , Aug. 31, 2021.
The Wireline Competition Bureau advises and makes recommendations to
the Commission, or acts for the Commission under delegated authority,
in all matters pertaining to the regulation and licensing of
communications common carriers and ancillary operations (other than
matters pertaining exclusively to the regulation and licensing of
wireless telecommunications services and facilities). The Bureau will,
among other things:
(a) Develop and recommend policy goals, objectives, programs and plans
for the Commission in rulemaking and adjudicatory matters concerning
wireline telecommunications, drawing on relevant economic,
technological, legislative, regulatory and judicial information and
developments. Overall objectives include meeting the present and future
wireline telecommunications needs of the Nation; fostering economic
growth; ensuring choice, opportunity, and fairness in the development
of wireline telecommunications; promoting economically efficient
investment in wireline telecommunications infrastructure; promoting the
development and widespread availability of wireline telecommunications
services; and developing deregulatory initiatives where appropriate.
(b) Act on requests for interpretation or waiver of rules.
(c) Administer the provisions of the Communications Act requiring that
the charges, practices, classifications, and regulations of
communications common carriers providing interstate and foreign
services are just and reasonable.
(d) Act on applications for service and facility authorizations,
including applications from Bell operating companies for authority to
provide in-region interLATA services and applications from wireline
carriers for transfers of licenses and discontinuance of service.
(e) Develop and administer rules and policies relating to incumbent
local exchange carrier accounting.
(f) Develop and administer recordkeeping and reporting requirements for
telecommunications carriers, providers of interconnected VoIP service
(as that term is defined in § 9.3 of this chapter), and providers of
(g) Provide federal staff support for the Federal-State Joint Board on
Universal Service and the Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional
(h) Review the deployment of advanced telecommunications capability to
ensure that such deployment is reasonable and timely, consistent with
section 706 of the Act, and, where appropriate, recommend action to
encourage such deployment.
(i) Provide economic, financial, and technical analyses of
telecommunications markets and carrier performance.
(j) Act on petitions for de novo review of decisions of the
Administrative Council for Terminal Attachments regarding technical
criteria pursuant to § 68.614.
(k) Interact with the public, local, state, and other governmental
agencies and industry groups on wireline telecommunications regulation
and related matters. Assist the Consumer and Governmental Affairs
Bureau on issues involving informal consumer complaints and other
general inquiries by consumers.
(l) Review and coordinate orders, programs and actions initiated by
other Bureaus and Offices in matters affecting wireline
telecommunications to ensure consistency with overall Commission
(m) Carry out the functions of the Commission under the Communications
Act of 1934, as amended, except as reserved to the Commission under
(n) Address audit findings relating to the schools and libraries
support mechanism, subject to the overall authority of the Managing
Director as the Commission's audit follow-up official.
(o) Coordinate with the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau on
all matters affecting public safety, homeland security, national
security, emergency management, disaster management, and related
(p) In coordination with the Office of Economics and Analytics and
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, serves as the Commission's
principal policy and administrative staff resource with respect to the
use of market-based mechanisms, including competitive bidding, to
distribute universal service support. Develops, recommends and
administers policies, programs, rules and procedures concerning the use
of market-based mechanisms, including competitive bidding, to
distribute universal service support.
(q) Issue orders revoking a common carrier's operating authority
pursuant to section 214 of the Act, and issue orders to cease and
desist such operations, in cases where the presiding officer has issued
a certification order to the Commission that the carrier has waived its
opportunity for hearing under that section.
[ 67 FR 13218 , Mar. 21, 2002, as amended at 68 FR 13850 , Mar. 21, 2003;
69 FR 55109 , Sept. 13, 2004; 71 FR 69034 , Nov. 29, 2006; 76 FR 73851 ,
Nov. 29, 2011; 78 FR 49148 , Aug. 13, 2013; 83 FR 63076 , Dec. 7, 2018;
85 FR 63171 , Oct. 6, 2020; 86 FR 12546 , Mar. 4, 2021]
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