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Revised as of October 21, 2020
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§ 54.101 Supported services for rural, insular and high cost areas.
(a) Services designated for support. Voice telephony services and
broadband service shall be supported by federal universal service
(1) Eligible voice telephony services must provide voice grade access
to the public switched network or its functional equivalent; minutes of
use for local service provided at no additional charge to end users;
access to the emergency services provided by local government or other
public safety organizations, such as 911 and enhanced 911, to the
extent the local government in an eligible carrier's service area has
implemented 911 or enhanced 911 systems; and toll limitation services
to qualifying low-income consumers as provided in subpart E of this
(2) Eligible broadband Internet access services must provide the
capability to transmit data to and receive data by wire or radio from
all or substantially all Internet endpoints, including any capabilities
that are incidental to and enable the operation of the communications
service, but excluding dial-up service.
(b) An eligible telecommunications carrier eligible to receive
high-cost support must offer voice telephony service as set forth in
paragraph (a)(1) of this section in order to receive federal universal
(c) An eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) subject to a high-cost
public interest obligation to offer broadband Internet access services
and not receiving Phase I frozen high-cost support must offer broadband
services as set forth in paragraph (a)(2) of this section within the
areas where it receives high-cost support consistent with the
obligations set forth in this part and subparts D, K, L and M of this
(d) Any ETC must comply with subpart E of this part.
[ 81 FR 33088 , May 24, 2016]
Subpart C—Carriers Eligible for Universal Service Support
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