• Completed Local Competition and Broadband Reports (FCC Form 477) are due to the FCC September 1, 2010. The filing requirement applies to facilities-based providers of broadband connections to end user locations, providers of wired or fixed wireless local exchange telephone service, providers of interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service, and facilities-based providers of mobile telephony service. The FCC has prepared a guide to assist filers in preparing the report, which can be found here. The report may be filed electronically here.
  • On August 9, 2010, the FCC announced that payments of the Annual Regulatory Fee are due on August 31, 2010 (DA 10-1451). All interstate telecommunications service providers (ITSPs) must pay $0.00349 per assessable revenue dollar, based upon the revenues reported on their FCC Form 499-A. Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS) will be assessed $0.18 per unit. Broadband Radio Service (BRS) (formerly known as multipoint distribution service (MDS) and multichannel multipoint distribution service (MMDS)), and local multipoint distribution service (LMDS) providers are assessed $310.00 per license. Earth stations are assessed $240.00 per license/authorization and $240.00 for each Hub Station.

The FCC will not be sending out reminder notices or invoices this year. Providers are required to log into the FCC’s Fee Filer service with their FRN and password in order to determine the amount of the assessment. Carriers and other communications providers are required to pay the fee no later than 11:59 PM EDT on August 31, 2010, or risk a late payment penalty of 25 percent of the assessment.

A copy of the Public Notice may be found here. The FCC has also put out a guide to using the Fee Filer service that is available here, as well as a guide to making the required payment that can be found here.