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International Bureau Reminds Filers – Section 43.62 International Traffic and Revenue Reporting Requirement Temporarily Waived

As we reported in an earlier blog post, on May 1, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission’s (Commission) International Bureau (Bureau) issued an Order temporarily waiving the annual Section 43.62 International Traffic and Revenue Reporting (the Traffic and Revenue Report) requirement.  The Traffic and Revenue Report filing, normally due by July 31 each year, is temporarily … Continue Reading

International Bureau Temporarily Waives Section 43.62 International Traffic and Revenue Reporting Requirement

By an International Bureau (Bureau) Order (Order) released yesterday that temporarily waives the International Traffic and Revenue Reporting (the Traffic and Revenue Report) requirement, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) appears to be moving steadily toward its overhaul of the Section 43.62 international reporting requirements.  As Kelley Drye reported in recent posts (here and here), in late … Continue Reading

Comment Deadlines Set for FCC’s Latest International Reporting Streamlining Rulemaking

As Kelley Drye reported in a post late last month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering eliminating the FCC Rule 43.62(b) annual International Traffic and Revenue reporting obligation and streamlining the Rule 43.62(a) annual Circuit Capacity reporting requirements.  The FCC last overhauled these international reporting requirements a mere four years ago.  The FCC’s Notice … Continue Reading

FCC Proposes Eliminating Annual International Traffic and Revenue Report and Streamlining Annual Circuit Capacity Report

At its March 23, 2017 Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) voted unanimously to adopt a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) seeking comment on a proposal to reduce certain reporting requirements for international telecommunications service providers (International Service Providers). In particular, the FCC proposes to eliminate, in its entirety, the annual International … Continue Reading

Comment Deadlines Set for FCC Rulemaking Seeking to Expedite the Team Telecom Application Review Process

As Kelley Drye reported in an earlier post, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is moving quickly on efforts to expedite review of certain FCC applications, including, but not limited to, Section 214 and submarine cable-related applications, by the Executive Branch agencies known as Team Telecom.  In a May 2016 request to the FCC, the National Telecommunications and … Continue Reading

Details of Mandatory Network Outage Obligations for Submarine Cable Operators Released

As we noted in a prior post,  on June 24, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) adopted new mandatory network outage reporting requirements for submarine cable licensees.  The Commission’s Submarine Cable Network Outage Reporting Order (Order), released Tuesday, identifies Commission expectations and provides exact rule language for the reporting requirements which had been described at only … Continue Reading

FCC Proposes Rules to Expedite Initial Stages of the Team Telecom Application Review Process

The Federal Communications Commission (“Commission” or “FCC”) is looking to jump start the initial steps of the Executive Branch process of reviewing certain applications, including Section 214 and submarine cable-related applications.  In a May 2016 request from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (“NTIA”), NTIA proposed rule changes designed to facilitate more rapid opening stage … Continue Reading

FCC Imposes Mandatory Network Outage Reporting Requirements on Submarine Cable Licenses

The Federal Communications Commission (Commission) today adopted  mandatory network outage reporting requirements for submarine cable licensees less than a year after proposing to do so.  This mandatory reporting reflects a significant change from the voluntary submarine cable outage reporting system currently in place.  The new rules will apply to all submarine cable licensees, regardless of … Continue Reading

NTIA Suggests Steps to Expedite Executive Review of Applications for Section 214 and Submarine Cable Act Authority; FCC Seeks Comment

The “Team Telecom” review process of applications involving foreign ownership has long endured a reputation for excessive length and opacity. It appears change may be on the horizon.  The National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) filed a letter (NTIA Letter) on May 10, 2016 with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) requesting the Commission … Continue Reading

Doing Business With Cuba: New Guidance Posted

As President Obama moves forward to revise policies toward Cuba, opportunities for carriers on the U.S.-route continue to arise. In addition to revisions to relevant FCC regulations, which we’ve covered here and here, carriers are subject to requirements applicable to any business dealing with Cuba. Although most elements of the broader trade embargo, which only … Continue Reading

FCC Announces March 31 International Circuit Capacity Report Filing Deadline and Update to International Circuit Capacity Report Filing Manual

By Public Notice released February 25, the Federal Communications Commission’s (“Commission” or “FCC”) International Bureau (“Bureau”) reminded filers that the annual Section 43.62 International Circuit Capacity Report (“International Capacity Report”) will be due by the traditional date of March 31.  (Last year, due to the timing of the new manual and implementation of the filing … Continue Reading

United States Government Continues to Take Steps Expanding Opportunities to Serve U.S.-Cuba Telecommunications Routes and Cuban Markets

This is an exciting time to think about deploying communications services to Cuba.  The Federal Communications Commission is (“FCC”) seeking comment on a proposal to eliminate one of the few remaining restrictions on facilities-based switched voice service to Cuba.  This follows FCC actions last month to enable U.S. telecom carriers to provide facilities-based telephone and … Continue Reading

FCC Proposes Further Easing of Regulations on Telecommunications Service Providers on the U.S. – Cuba Route

The thawing of relations between the U.S. and Cuba continues to spark Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) action to relax regulations – and thereby further open opportunities for carriers – on the U.S.-Cuba route.  On Friday, the FCC proposed yet another measure to ease regulatory requirements on carriers seeking to provide international telecommunications to … Continue Reading

FCC Seeking Expedited Comment on Opening Service Provider Opportunities between U.S. and Cuba

With President Obama’s announcement last December that the United States is charting a new course in its relations with Cuba, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) is taking expedited steps to open up the provision of telecommunications services between the United States and Cuba. Today, the Commission seeks comment on a proposal to remove … Continue Reading

The Clock is Ticking – Comment Deadlines Set for FCC’s Submarine Cable Network Outage Reporting Rulemaking

As Kelley Drye reported in an earlier post, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering rules that would impose on submarine cable system licensees, and possibly users, network outage reporting obligations similar to those already applicable to other communications providers.  The FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) solicits comments on a number of issues including, … Continue Reading

O’Rielly Paints Team Telecom As an “Inextricable Black Hole” for Applicants, but Will His Call for Reform Fare Better?

On October 1, Chairman Wheeler announced that he has circulated a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking among his fellow Commissioners that would seek comment on simplifying the FCC’s foreign ownership approval process for broadcast licensees “by extending the streamlining rules and procedures that currently apply to other classes of licensees to broadcast licensees.” Certainly, the broadcasting community … Continue Reading

FCC Wants to Impose Network Outage Reporting Requirements on Submarine Cable System Licensees

As it did when it imposed circuit capacity reporting obligations on all submarine cable licensees earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) once again is looking to step up regulation of submarine cable systems. Citing the critical nature of submarine cable infrastructure and the importance of submarine cable systems to meet U.S. communications requirements, the … Continue Reading

Special Deadline Set for Section 43.62 International Traffic and Revenue Reports Filed in 2015

The FCC announced on Friday, August 7, 2015, that the deadline for affected carriers and providers to file their annual international traffic and revenue reports this year — postponed from the usual date of July 31 — must be filed by September 30, 2015.  As we noted in a previous blog post, the Federal Communications … Continue Reading

FCC International Bureau Announces Filing Window for Annual International Circuit Capacity Reports – Reports Due by April 30, 2015

As we noted in a February post on our CommLawMonitor blog, the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) new Section 43.62 international reporting requirements became effective on February 11, 2015. Now the FCC has made clear that the upcoming filing deadline for the Section 43.62 (a) annual international circuit capacity reports is postponed one month from March … Continue Reading

John Heitmann and Jameson Dempsey Speaking at Mobile World Congress – 4 Years From Now on March 3 at 2 PM CET

Communications Chair and Partner, John J. Heitmann and associate, Jameson Dempsey will be speaking at “4 Years From Now” during Mobile World Congress, an annual event with over 80,00 attendees.… Continue Reading

FCC Announces Effectiveness of New International Reporting Requirements, Deadline for Filing Uncertain

In January 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) comprehensively revised its reporting rules applicable to providers of international telecommunications, making numerous substantive revisions to the categories of providers subject to the reporting requirements, the information to be reported and the format of the reports. See our advisory on the January 2013 Order.… Continue Reading

Landmark Announcement on Normalizing Relations with Cuba

Eric McClafferty and Rob Slack from Kelley Drye’s International Trade and Customs Practice released this recent advisory on Cuba.  Due to the implications for telecommunications companies, we are posting it here too. On December 17, President Obama announced plans to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba and ease certain aspects of the U.S.’s longstanding embargo of … Continue Reading

Regulatory Fees Order for FY 2014 Released; September 23 Payment Deadline Set

As a result of the Federal Communications Commission ‘s Regulatory Fees Order released last Friday, submarine cable licensees will see a welcome decline in fees for fiscal year 2014 due to a reallocation among International Bureau regulatees, and Responsible Organizations (“RespOrgs”) will begin paying regulatory fees on toll free numbers in fiscal year 2015.  However, among other decisions, … Continue Reading

Interstate Telecommunications Service Provider and Commercial Mobile Radio Service Provider FY2014 Regulatory Fee Data Available

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that Interstate Telecommunication Service Provider (ITSP) and Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS)  data, on which FY2014 regulatory fees will be based, is now available on Fee Filer – the FCC’s electronic filing and payment system. The FCC has not yet released its FY2014 Regulatory Fees Report and Order … Continue Reading
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