Late Friday April 10th, the Wireline Competition Bureau released a Public Notice announcing that the long-awaited shapefile study area boundaries for rate-of-return areas have been compiled, and in some cases modified, and are available for viewing on an online map. The shapefile boundaries and certain network topology data shown on the map within those boundaries will be incorporated into the next version of the Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM).
Although A-CAM is being developed for carriers that voluntarily elect to transition to a model-based program, it is possible that the FCC may use the model in other ways in the future. Accordingly, JSI encourages all clients to review the data in the map related to your company to determine whether the Wireline Bureau made wrong assumptions regarding locations of central offices (COs) and/or optical line terminals within exchanges. The following explains how the Bureau made these assumptions and provides guidance to make corrections if needed by the May 11 deadline as well as how JSI can assist in the process.
Clients Should Verify Assumptions Made by FCC
When finalized, the A-CAM will be used to calculate the forward-looking economic costs of deploying and operating a fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) network. In order to make this calculation, the model utilizes subdivisions of the study area called “service areas” in which all locations are served from a common network node or CO. As explained in the Public Notice, “