On Friday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an order making it easier for US telecommunications companies seeking authority to provide services to Cuba. In its order, the FCC removed Cuba from what is known as the Exclusion List, which identifies countries that require separate licensing by the FCC. Typically, the FCC grants telecommunications carriers global authority to provide international services. The FCC action was based on guidance from the State Department, which had requested removal of Cuba from the Exclusion List. Cuba had been on the Exclusion List since the list was first established in 1996. The FCC stated that carriers with existing global Section 214 authority will be permitted to serve Cuba without additional authorization.