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 of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) now solicits comments on a number of issues including, but not limited to, the effect on U.S. consumers and carriers of eliminating the annual International Traffic and Revenue report, the costs of complying with the two annual reporting requirements, and options for streamlining the annual Circuit Capacity reporting obligations. Kelley Drye will be preparing an advisory delving deeper into the issues for which the FCC is seeking comment so be sure to check the Kelley Drye Communications practice group page for more details.

The NPRM was published this morning in the Federal Register, establishing the comment deadline at May 17, 2017 with reply comments due by June 1, 2017. International telecommunications providers subject to the reporting requirements should review the NPRM and consider whether to participate in the comment cycle to ensure their views are heard.