• The FCC seeks comment on a request filed by Free Press to review data collected by the FCC on Form 477 (Local Telephone Competition and Broadband Reporting). Free Press wants to “review data collected by the [FCC] in connection with its periodic inquiry into the deployment of advanced telecommunications capability to all Americans.” Free Press’s request is “limited to the data reflecting subscribership as of December 31, 2008.” Free Press states that access to the data will allow it to “conduct a more comprehensive analysis of subscribership to high-speed Internet access services” which then will “assist the Commission in making well-informed data-driven policy choices.” In conjunction with this request, Free Press is seeking a protective order, because some filers have requested confidential treatment of this data as it may be considered “competitively sensitive.” Initial Comments are due April 19, 2010, and Reply Comments are due May 4, 2010. A copy of the Public Notice can be found here. (DA 10-466, WC Docket No. 10-75)
  • Completed Forms 499-A for 2009 are due April 1, 2010. These forms report a carrier’s annual revenue and are required to be filed by all interstate telecommunications carriers, interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers, providers of interstate telecommunications that offer service for a fee on a non-common carrier basis (including stand-alone audio bridging companies), and payphone providers that are aggregators. The revenues reported on Form 499-A provide the basis for true-up of a company’s Universal Service contributions and serve as the basis for assessing the annual fees for the Telecommunications Relay System (TRS), Local Number Portability (LNP) fund, the North American Numbering Plan Administration fund, and the FCC’s annual fee. A copy of the form and associated instructions can be found here.
  • Carriers that leased or owned an international circuit or circuits in 2009 are required to file a Section 43.82 Circuit Status Report by March 31, 2010. The FCC has created a manual to assist carriers in preparing this filing that can be found here.