• FCC Form 499-Q is due May 1, 2011 for all filers that are not considered to be de minimis for Universal Service filing purposes. Carrier must report historical revenues from the first quarter of 2011 and projected revenues for the third quarter of 2011. A copy of the current FCC Form 499-Q can be found here.
  • Detariffed, non-dominant providers of interstate interexchange telecommunications services are required to file their Annual Geographic Rate Averaging Certification on or before May 1, 2011. 47 CFR Section 64.1900. In this filing, providers must certify that their rates in high-cost and rural areas are not higher than their rates in urban areas as required by 47 USC Section 254(g). An officer must sign the certification under oath. Certifications must be filed with the Secretary of the FCC, and addressed to the attention of Chief of the Pricing Policy Bureau.
  • Telecommunications carriers in California are required to submit their projected public program surchargeable revenue by May 1, 2011, for the next two fiscal years (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012 and July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013) to the Communications Division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CA PUC). This requirement is set out in Section 10.4.1 of the CA PUC’s General Order 153. All intrastate end user telecommunications services, whether tariffed or untariffed, are subject to public program surcharges, except for the following services:
    • Lifeline Revenue;
    • Charges to order certificated carriers for services that are to be resold;
    • Coins sent to paid telephone calls (coin in box) and debit card calls;
    • Usage charges for coin-operated pay telephones;
    • Customer-specific contracts effective before September 15, 1994;
    • Directory advertising; and
    • One-way radio paging.

Carriers also should exclude from their estimates all taxes and surcharges applied to their services. The template and instructions for the filing can be found here.

  • The Universal Service contribution factor for the second quarter of 2011 is 14.9%. A copy of the notice can be found here.