Tag Archives: Compliance Filing

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

Client Advisory: The FCC’s Broadband Privacy NPRM

As we discussed in our earlier blog post, on March 31, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) voted along party lines (3-2) to launch a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to establish privacy rules for Broadband Internet Access Service (BIAS) providers.  These proposals, if adopted, could impose prescriptive and complex privacy obligations that … 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

FCC Releases Updated 2016 Universal Service Revenue Reporting Worksheet

It’s a new year and the FCC has just released its annual update to the FCC Form 499A.  Telecommunications providers must use the 2016 Form 499A to report calendar year 2015 revenues for purposes of calculating contributions to the federal Universal Service Fund and other revenue-based contribution requirements including TRS, LNP, NANP and annual FCC … 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

FCC Issues Enforcement Advisory Discussing Upcoming Annual CPNI Certification Filing Deadline

Earlier today, the Federal Communications Commission released an enforcement advisory reminding telecommunications carriers and interconnected VoIP providers of the upcoming annual customer proprietary network information (“CPNI”) certification due by March 2, 2015.  For Kelley Drye’s own advisory on this CPNI filing requirement, please see the attached alert.… Continue Reading

Annual CPNI Certifications Due March 3, 2014

It’s time again for carriers to submit the annual Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) certification to the FCC.  Telecommunications carriers and interconnected VoIP providers are required to certify annually their compliance with the FCC’s CPNI protection rules.  The 2014 report covers calendar year 2013 and will be due by March 3, 2014 (March 1 falls on … Continue Reading

FCC Launches Proceeding to Facilitate Deployment of Distributed Antenna Systems and Small Cell Solutions

  On September 26, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) in which it will address and update rules and policies applying to wireless infrastructure builds. The NPRM proposes a series of rule changes designed to remove barriers to the expansion of wireless infrastructure, especially for Distributed Antenna Systems (“DAS”), small … Continue Reading

California Requires Most Carriers to Post a Performance Bond

A May 2013 California Public Utilities Commission decision requires most companies holding a California CPCN or wireless registration (“WIR”) to submit a $25,000 continuous performance bond. The decision also revises application/registration requirements, increases filing fees and sets a minimum annual User Fee.   In addition, the CPUC will convene a workshop to consider whether to require … Continue Reading

FCC Highlights Progress in Implementing CVAA Requirements

At its open meeting this month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received a status report on the implementation of broad disabilities access obligations passed three years ago.  In the presentation, FCC staff members reported that the Commission met all of the implementation deadlines in the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), and reminded … Continue Reading

FCC Confirms Recently Modified International Reporting Requirements Will Not Be in Effect for 2013

We posted recently on rules the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC or Commission) adopted in January modifying the scope of and particulars of the annual International Traffic and Revenue reports and Circuit Status reports many international providers must file annually.   The effective date of those rules, which will extend certain reporting requirements to one- and … Continue Reading

Annual Reporting Requirements for International Carriers Revised; VoIP Providers and Certain Non-Common Carriers Now Obligated to File

Earlier this month, the FCC simplified the information that must be provided in certain international reports, action that should be welcomed by many carriers that have been subject to these reporting requirements.  The FCC’s Second Report and Order (“Second Streamlining Order”) in IB Docket No. 04-112 built on its May 2011 First Report and Order and … Continue Reading

CPNI Season Kicks Off With FCC Enforcement Advisory

Compliance with a carrier’s CPNI certification obligations has provided steady fodder for this blog, with the annual Omnibus CPNI fines, unusual settlements and consistent enforcement focus from the FCC’s enforcement bureau.  With the start of a new year, the CPNI season begins anew.  Yeasterday, the FCC unofficially kicked off the 2012 CPNI certification season with an … Continue Reading

FCC Lab Offers Major New Guidance on Equipment Authorization and RF Exposure Evaluation Procedures and Announces Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Circulation at the Commission

On October 24, the FCC Laboratory published a number of new and updated documents through its Knowledge Database (“KDB”) that liberalize further the equipment authorization process for a number of product types, including Software Defined Radios (“SDRs”).  That same day, the Lab released numerous other KDB publications providing guidance regarding both its RF exposure test … Continue Reading

VOIP Outage Reporting Requirements to Take Effect December 16, 2012

In several earlier posts, we informed you the FCC had adopted mandatory outage reporting regulations for both facilities-based and non-facilities-based interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service providers.  The FCC has now established those rules will take effect before the end of the year.  For more details on the VoIP outage reporting regulations, see our … Continue Reading

Annual FCC Regulatory Fees Due September 13, 2012

As is customary every year, the FCC recently announced the due date for its annual FCC regulatory fees. Regulatory fees must be paid no later than 11:59 PM on September 13, 2012, Eastern Daylight Time. Most federal licensees and other regulated entities must pay these regulatory fees to offset costs associated with the FCC’s enforcement, … Continue Reading

Revised FCC Debt Collection Processes for Delinquent Support Fund Obligations Shift Burdens to Carriers

The FCC recently announced revisions to its debt collection process for those carriers that are delinquent in contributing to the FCC’s Universal Service Fund (“USF”), Telecommunications Relay Services Fund (“TRS”) and North American Numbering Plan Fund (“NANP”) (collectively the “Funds”). Under the new procedures, the Fund administrators will forward delinquent accounts directly to the United … Continue Reading

Wireline Competition Bureau Clarifies and Revises the FCC’s Rules as Carriers Prepare to Make Transitional Intrastate Access Reciprocal Compensation Rate Reductions

Compliance with the FCC’s revised intercarrier compensation rules adopted in its USF/ICC Transformation Order continues to be a work in progress for many carriers. The rules have generated several waves of questions as the July 1, 2012, deadline for reducing certain intrastate terminating switched access rates fast approaches. On June 6, 2012, the Wireline Competition … Continue Reading

VoIP Outage Reporting Obligations One Step Closer to Implementation

This post was co-written by Randy Sifers. In February, the FCC adopted new outage reporting rules for interconnected VoIP providers.  Our story and our advisory on the new rules are available at this link.  At the time, we told you that the rules would become effective 90 days after OMB approved the new information collection. … Continue Reading

FCC Releases 2012 Universal Service Revenue Reporting Worksheet

As it does every year, the FCC released its update to the annual Form 499-A.  The Form 499-A is used to report revenues for purposes of the federal Universal Service Fund and also for calculating associated revenue-based contribution obligations such as TRS, NANP, LNP and FCC Regulatory Fees.  The Public Notice describes changes to the … Continue Reading

Reminder: Annual CPNI Certification Due March 1

All telecommunications carriers and interconnected VoIP providers must file an annual report certifying their compliance with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) rules regarding Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI).  The report covers calendar year 2011 and must be filed with the FCC by March 1, 2012.  Providers may file CPNI certifications via an FCC web application … Continue Reading

Interconnected VoIP Providers Required to Report Outages

As we’ve discussed, today the FCC adopted rules to require interconnected VoIP providers to report network outages to the FCC.  The text of the FCC’s order has not been released, but the order adopts a much narrower outage reporting requirement than originally proposed.  Under the new rules, interconnected VoIP providers will be required to report … Continue Reading

VoIP Outage Reporting Obligations to be Adopted at February 15 FCC Meeting

VoIP providers, prepare to report outages to the FCC.  Since early in 2010, the FCC has been on a path to impose new outage reporting obligations on providers of interconnected VoIP services, despite industry opposition to the new requirements.  Today, the FCC released its "Sunshine Notice" confirming that it will vote on an order to adopt reporting … Continue Reading

FCC Issues Enforcement Advisory on VoIP, Broadband Reporting Requirements

Here’s another VoIP item from our backlog.  On December 16, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau issued an "Enforcement Advisory" reminding providers of their obligation to submit an FCC Form 477 every six months.  The Form 477 collects information about broadband deployment on a Census Tract level.  All facilities-based broadband providers and all interconnected VoIP providers are required … Continue Reading
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