The FCC announced on May 31 that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved changes to the FCC Form 481 (Carrier Annual Reporting Data Collection Form), which is due July 1.

The revised Form 481 includes a number of non-substantive changes that clarify the filing instructions. For Lifeline-only ETCs, there are no substantive changes to the report. There are, however, several substantive changes to the portions of the report that pertain to High Cost support.

Lifeline and/or High Cost ETCs must file Form 481s annually with USAC and submit copies to the FCC, state commissions, and Tribal authorities, if applicable.