I blogged a little poem in early December about the telecom industry's anxious anticipation of an FCC order adopting new 2014 Federal USF exemption certificate language. (See 'Twas Weeks Before New Year's, posted December 6, 2013.) Well, the FCC staff apparently did not stay up late to craft new language before the New Year. As we continue to wait for an FCC order approving the 2014 499A instructions with new exemption certificate language, many carriers have decided that they cannot continue to delay and are sending out 2014 certificates in advance of a final order. Not surprising, considering the implications for carrier billing and compliance.