Challenge Process Announced for CenturyLink’s Proposed CAF Phase I Census Blocks

Last month, CenturyLink notified the FCC that it intends to serve locations in 9,703 census blocks with Connect America Fund Phase I incremental support. These census blocks were not previously identified in CenturyLink’s support areas. As such, the FCC is initiating a challenge process where other providers have 45 days to indicate that they already provide Internet service at speeds of 3 Mbps downstream, 768 kbps upstream or higher in these census blocks. The FCC provided a list of census blocks that other providers can review.

JSI encourages every client that provides service as an unsubsidized competitor in a CenturyLink area to review the list and consider filing a challenge if the criteria is met. JSI can assist with mapping the proposed CenturyLink blocks and drafting and filing the challenge. Challenges are due on November 7, 2016, and should be submitted to the FCC and CenturyLink.

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