In accordance with national law, the designated undertaking providing universal services has the right to seek to receive funds for the net costs it believes to have incurred to provide part or all of the universal services. In December 2014, the MCA received an application for a claim for funding for the net costs believed to be incurred by GO plc during the financial year 2013. Following an audit carried out by EY, it emerged that GO plc has suffered an element of unfair burden for providing specified universal services namely; geographical component; public payphones; social tariffs; and directory enquiry services. After taking into account the intangible benefits for providing universal services, the total net costs amounts to €101,538.
In October 2016, the MCA published a proposed decision for consultation entitled ''Review of GO plc's application for funding of the net cost claimed to have been incurred to provide universal service obligations during 2013''. The MCA did not receive any feedback to the proposed decision and is hereby publishing its Decision.
The allocation of the source of funding relating to GO plc's USO claim for the financial year 2013 is being addressed in a separate consultation document earmarked for publishing following the publication of this decision.
Review of GO plc's application for funding of the net cost claimed to have been incurred to provide universal service obligations during 2013