JSI Files For Waiver for 6 Clients Confused About First HUBB Filing Requirement

On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, JSI filed for a waiver on behalf of six RLECs that did not know they needed to file in USAC’s High Cost Universal Broadband (HUBB) portal by March 1, 2018, even though they did not have location information to report. The companies argue that prior to the first HUBB filing in March 2018, the requirement to certify that there were no locations to report was not explicitly clear, even after the Wireline Competition Bureau released a Public Notice providing further guidance on HUBB reporting the day the filing was due. Each of the impacted RLECs saw their high-cost universal service support slashed for failure to meet a deadline they didn’t know applied to them. They are asking that the March 1, 2018, deadline be waived and their high-cost USF be restored.