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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

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 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

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 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 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

Federal Communications Commission Announces Membership in Global Privacy Enforcement Network

On October 28, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) announced that it had joined the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (“GPEN”), a network of privacy enforcement and regulatory bodies from around the world that engages in collaboration and coordination on cross-border privacy enforcement actions.… Continue Reading

New International Reporting Rules Remain Pending but FCC Solicits Participants to Test Online Filing System under Latest Draft of Filing Manual

The Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) moved a step closer last Friday to making effective changes adopted in 2011 and 2013 establishing revised international traffic and revenue as well as circuit capacity reporting requirements. As we reported in previous posts and advisories, changes include new reporting obligations for interconnected voice over Internet protocol (“VoIP”) providers and … Continue Reading

Checking the Boxes: FCC Proposes Forfeiture of Half a Million Dollars against International Prepaid Calling Card Provider

On September 16, the Federal Communications Commission issued a Notice of Apparent Liability (“NAL”) against PTT Phone Cards, Inc., (“PTT”) for a litany of alleged violations of rules applicable to international telecommunications carriers in general and one applicable to pre-paid calling card providers in particular. In short, the NAL alleges that, for over three years, … Continue Reading

Team Telecom Seeks Revocation of Two Carriers’ Section 214 Authorizations for Failure to Comply with Their Letter of Assurance Obligations

A carrier’s failure to comply with its letter of assurance or national security agreement may jeopardize its international Section 214 license.  In nearly unprecedented enforcement actions, the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (collectively “Team Telecom”), have recently requested that the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission”) terminate, or … Continue Reading

FCC Eliminates ECO Test, Easing Review of International Section 214 and Cable Landing License Applications and Affiliate Notifications

By Order dated April 22, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) eliminated the effective competitive opportunities (“ECO”) Test applicable to certain foreign carriers and submarine cable landing licensees.  Going forward, once the rule changes become effective, international Section 214 applications and cable landing license applications filed by foreign carriers or licensees or their affiliates that … Continue Reading

FCC Maintains Suspension of U.S. Carrier Payments on U.S.-Tonga Route

Earlier this week, the Federal Communications Commission released an order affirming the International Bureau’s 2009 order directing all U.S. facilities-based carriers within the FCC’s jurisdiction to stop payments to Tonga Communications Corporation (“TCC”) for termination of switched voice service (“Stop Payment Order“) on the U.S.-Tonga route. The April 7 Memorandum Opinion and Order affirmed the … 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

FCC Proposes First Fine for Failing to Provide International Traffic Reports

On October 11, the FCC proposed to fine Unipoint Technologies, Inc. d/b/a Comfi.com nearly $180,000 for various violations of the Communications Act and the Commission’s rules.  In many ways, we’ve seen this type of enforcement before.  Unipoint, a prepaid calling card provider, is accused of failing to obtain a 214, failing to file Form 499-A … Continue Reading

International Carrier Settles Transfer of Control Violations with FCC

 On December 7, the FCC adopted a consent decree with an international carrier resolving several alleged transfers of FCC authorizations without prior approval.  This marks the latest in a series of enforcement actions in the area of ownership violations.  Many of these involve carriers providing foreign terminations.   The consent decree underscores the importance for … Continue Reading

VoIP Outage Reporting Makes May FCC Meeting Agenda

It has taken nearly a year since the FCC’s Public Safety Bureau first started laying the groundwork, but the FCC is poised to consider expanding its outage reporting rules to cover interconnected VoIP communications and broadband Internet access providers.  The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to extend the outage reporting rules at its … Continue Reading
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