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Project #39937

Rulemaking to Consider Amending Substantive Rule §26.403, Relating to the Texas High Cost Universal Service Plan and Substantive Rule §26.412, Relating to the Lifelong Service Program


The amendments and new section are made to conform with Senate Bill 980 and House Bill 2295 of the 82nd Legislature, Regular Session, enacted in 2011. Additionally, the amendments and new section are proposed to comply with current §26.403(g), which requires a review of the THCUSP within 90 days of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) adoption of an order implementing new or amended federal universal service support rules for rural, insular, and high cost areas. The FCC released such an order on November 18, 2011 in WC Docket No. 05-337.

The proposed new §26.403 provides for a reduction in THCUSP support over a four year period that is equal to the amount of additional revenue that each telecommunications provides calculates will be generated if that telecommunications provider were to charge a reasonable rate, as determined by the commission, for basic local telecommunications service to all residential customers.

Staff Assigned

Joseph Younger, 512-936-7292
Mark Bryant, 512-936-7279

Project Schedule

The adopted rules will be published in the Texas Register on July 6, 2012.
The effective date of the rule is July 8, 2012.

Documents Available

Order Adopting the Repeal of §26.403, New §26.403 and Amendment to §26.412 as Approved at the June 13, 2012 Open Meeting - MSWord (.doc)

Proposal for Publication of Amendments to §26.412, Repeal of §26.403, and New §26.403 as Approved at the January 26, 2012 Open Meeting - MSWord (.doc)