• Due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) has extended the filing deadlines for FCC Form 486, the Receipt of Service Confirmation Form for the Schools and Libraries fund, for Funding Year 2011 recurring services invoice submissions until today, January 28, 2013. This is the same deadline for non-recurring services, which means all invoices for Funding Year 2011 now are due at the same time.

FCC Form 486 for Funding Year 2012 also are due today.

More information regarding these filings can be found here.

  • Carriers that maintain tariffs on file with the California Public Utilities Commission (CA PUC) are required to file complete versions of those tariffs that were on file as of January 1, 2013 by February 1, 2013, on CD-ROM. This is an annual requirement. Carriers that have detariffed their services completely are not required to file anything. More information about this filing, and the formatting requirements for the CD-ROM, may be found here.
  • Form 499-Q is due February 1, 2013, for all filers that are not considered de minimis for Universal Service filing purposes. This filing encompasses historical revenues from the fourth quarter of 2012 and projected revenues for the second quarter of 2013. A copy of the current FCC Form 499-Q can be found here.

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers and Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS) providers who rely on traffic studies to report interstate revenues on FCC Form 499-Q must have submit these studies by February 1, 2013, to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and the Chief, Industry Analysis and Technology Division of the FCC.

  • Carriers that have obtained telephone numbers from the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), other carriers, or a pooling administrator in 2012, are required to file their FCC Form 502 – Numbering Resource Utilization/Forecast (NURF) by February 1, 2013. Carriers can file FCC Form 502 electronically here. A guide to assist filers can be found here.
  • Carriers and interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers must file their annual report certifying compliance with the FCC’s Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) rules for 2012 by March 1, 2013. In addition to interconnected VoIP providers and telecommunications carriers, the FCC includes the following types of carriers in its non-exhaustive list of entities that must file certificates: commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) providers; interexchange carriers (IXCs); prepaid calling card providers; resellers; and calling card providers. Certificates must contain an officer’s signature attesting that he or she has personal knowledge that the company has established procedures to protect CPNI and must provide a description of those procedures. In addition, the company must describe any actions taken against data brokers in 2012, and any customer complaints regarding CPNI.

The FCC encourages companies to file their certificates electronically via either the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), identifying EB Docket No. 06-36, or through the FCC’s web-based application, which can be found here. Certificates also may be filed in hard copy with the Secretary’s office.

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau has released a Public Notice reminding filers of the requirements, which includes responses to Frequently Asked Questions, a certification template, and a copy of the FCC’s CPNI Rules, which may be found here. (DA 13-61, Enforcement Advisory No. 2013-02)

  • The Universal Service contribution factor for the first quarter of 2013 is 16.1%. A copy of the Public Notice announcing the rate can be found here. (DA 12-2014)