On June 17, 2019, the FCC published a notice in the Federal Register which announced that OMB has approved a rule change to section 54.313(f)(4). The rule change requires rate-of-return ETCs receiving high-cost USF support to identify on their annual FCC Form 481 their cost consultants and cost consulting firm, or other third parties that carrier’s use to prepare financial and data disclosures used to calculate high-cost support for submissions to NECA, USAC, or the Commission. The rule change to section 54.313(f)(4) is effective on June 17, 2019 and the new questions have been implemented in FCC Form 481. 

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