Eligible Telecommunications Carriers
An eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) is a telephone service
provider that has agreed to offer service to all customers (excluding
those who fail to pay for service) in the area for which the carrier
is designated as an ETC. In return, the carrier is eligible for state
and federal universal service funds.
The Wisconsin Administrative Code (Wis. Admin. Code PSC §
160.13.) spells out the full requirements for an ETC. Those requirements
are located on the Revisor
of Statutes Bureau's website.
ETCs Providing Service in Wisconsin
This PDF lists the ETCs providing service to Wisconsin customers.
Annual FCC Certifications
Annual filing requirements for ETCs have significantly changed under sections 47 C.F.R. §§54.313 and 54.422. In 2013, filing dates under these rules were postponed pending approval of Form 481 by the Office of Management and Budget. That approval was given, so for 2014 the Form 481 filings are due to the FCC pursuant to their codified annual filing date of July 1. ETCs must also complete and submit to the PSCW an affidavit “Regarding Eligibility for Federal and State Lifeline Support Funds” to document their continued qualification for low-income support. Both the copy of the Form 481 filing and the Affidavit will be due to the PSC in July 2017.
Last year's memo to all Wisconsin ETC's and the Lifeline Affidavit form in pdf and word formats are available at the following links:
2016 Memo to all Wisconsin ETC's
2016 Affidavit of Lifeline Compliance for Wisconsin ETC's:
- pdf version
- word version
Questions may be addressed to Jeff Richter at 608 267-9624 or at
The Commission has received applications for ETC designation from the following providers:
Incumbent Telephone Companies
All of the incumbent Local Exchange Service Providers operating
in Wisconsin have requested, and been granted, ETC designation for
all the areas in which they provide service. This was done in the
December 23, 1997, order in docket 05-TI-162.
A number of Competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) have requested
certification in various urban and rural areas. The Commission has
granted ETC status to each of the following CLECs for the exchanges
||Exchanges in which Provider is Designated
as an ETC
||Barron, Rice Lake, Chetek
|Chequamegon Telecomm. Company
||Ashland, Bayfield, Hayward, Spider Lake, Superior,
||Colfax, Elkmound, Boyceville, Knapp, Wheeler
|First Nation Telecom
|Price County Information Systems (PCIS)
|Sage Telecom, Inc.
||All exchanges served by AT&T Wisconsin
|Sharon Telephone Co.
|Vernon Communications, LLC
|West Wisconsin Communications Systems,
Falls, Colfax, Eau Claire, Elk Mound, Elmwood, Knapp, Menomonie,
The following wireless providers that have been granted ETC status.
A link to the order granting ETC status follows each name. The orders
contain lists of exchanges for which ETC status was granted.
* federal - only
For further information on Eligible Telecommunications Carrier
status, or other ETC related issues, please contact Peter Jahn at
or at 608-267-2338.