Request For Proposals (RFP)
Pennsylvania Universal Service Fund Administrator RFP-2016-1
RFP-2016-1 (PDF) or Word
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (Commission or PUC) is seeking to hire an Administrator for the Pennsylvania Universal Service Fund (Pa. USF or Fund) from July 1, 2017, through and including June 30, 2022.
The Pa. USF was created to reduce and restructure access charges and intraLATA toll rates, and to encourage greater toll competition while enabling carriers to continue to preserve the affordability of local service rates. Rulemaking Re Establishing Universal Service Fund Regulations at 52 Pa.Code §§ 63.161-171, Final Rulemaking Order at L-00000148 (November 29, 2000). Regulations may be found at www.pacode.com. The regulations governing administration of the Pa. USF are located at 52 Pa. Code §§ 63.161-63.171. They may be accessed along with related orders and pertinent information regarding the Pa. USF at the Commission's website: www.puc.pa.gov. Click on “Utility & Industry,” then "Telecommunications," and finally "Pennsylvania Universal Service Fund."
The Commission regulates approximately 400 telecommunications carriers; however, based on reported intrastate revenues, only about 250 companies, are required to contribute monthly to the Pa. USF. The contributing carriers are companies providing intrastate toll services (interexchange carriers or IXCs), intrastate competitive access services offered by competitive access providers (CAPs), intrastate services offered by incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs), and intrastate services offered by competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs). Various entities offering wireless, VoIP (Voice over the Internet Protocol), or cable television services do not currently participate either as recipients or contributors in the Fund.
The USF Administrator functions as the “financial hub” of this system. The Administrator collects the contributions from the individual companies, manages the Fund’s cash flow, and disburses payments to 31 rural ILECs under the regulations. The Administrator also works with the Pa. USF’s External Auditor.
The estimated budget for this contract for the purpose of aiding in the submission of Proposals (estimates are not meant to establish cost “minimums or maximums”) is $130,000 per year.
Pre-proposal Conference on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 4, Commonwealth Keystone Bldg., 400 North St., Harrisburg PA 17120.
Deadline to submit questions by email is Monday October 17, 2016 to Issuing Officer Janet Tuzinski at email@example.com.
Answers to all Pre-proposal conference questions and email questions will be posted on this webpage on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.
Proposals must be received by the Issuing Office by 3 p.m. November 18, 2016.