• Companies that hold only a Non-Dominant Interexchange Carrier (NDIEC) Registration License in California are required to post a performance bond in the amount of $25,000 or 10% of the NDIEC’s intrastate revenue as reported to the California Public Utilities Commission (CAPUC) in the previous year, whichever is greater, by December 3, 2010. In addition, NDIECs are required to pay an annual user fee of $100 each year by January 15th. The CAPUC ordered these new compliance requirements as a result of a California State Controller’s 2007 Audit report that stated the CAPUC’s registration process for NDIECs did not sufficiently scrutinize NDIEC registrants, and that the CAPUC’s collection efforts for monies owed by NDIECs were ineffective when NDIECs ceased operations in California or declared bankruptcy. Carriers that also hold a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity in addition to an NDIEC Registration License are not affected by the new requirements. A copy of the order can be found here. The CAPUC has posted a list of NDIECs affected by this decision, which can be found here. D. 10-09-017.
  • All providers of interconnected fixed or non-nomadic Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services as of December 1, 2010 will be required to register with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) by January 1, 2011, in accordance with 220 ILCS 5/13-401.1. Thereafter, new providers will be required to register with the ICC at least 30 days prior to their provision of service within Illinois. The ICC has posted a copy of the registration form here.