• Common carriers, including resellers and facilities-based carriers, that provided international telecommunications services in 2011 are required to file their international traffic data reports by tomorrow, July 31, 2012, pursuant to 47 C.F.R. § 43.61(a). The FCC reminds carriers that the reporting requirements have changed from those in previous years. Specifically, common carriers no longer are required to report traffic from off-shore points separately, and no longer are required to report traffic between off-shore U.S. points and the United States. Amendment of Part 43 of the Commission’s Rules (FCC 11-76, 26 FCC Rcd. 7274), click here and here to view.

As a result of these rule changes, common carriers must report only traffic between foreign points and the United States. Please note that these changes are not reflected in the current Filing Manual for this report, but the FCC has issued a Public Notice, available here, and an attachment, available here, to assist carriers with this filing.

  • The FCC has released a Report and Order stating that it is maintaining the fiscal year 2012 Interstate Telecommunications Service Provider (ITSP) Annual Regulatory Fee rate at the 2011 level. That rate is $0.00375 per assessable dollar, as reported on a company’s FCC Form 499A. Similarly, the FCC is holding the rate it assesses Commercial Mobile Radio Service providers to $0.08 per subscriber. The Report and Order can be found here.

The FCC has not announced the due date for payment of the Annual Regulatory Fees, but indicates in its Report and Order that they would be due in September. More information regarding payment of the fee can be found here. (FCC 12-76)

  • Form 499-Q is due August 1, 2012, for all filers that are not considered de minimis for Universal Service filing purposes. This filing encompasses historical revenues from the second quarter of 2012 and projected revenues for the fourth quarter of 2012. 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 submit these studies by August 1, 2012, to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and the Chief, Industry Analysis and Technology Division of the FCC.
  • The Universal Service contribution factor for the third quarter of 2012 is 15.7%. A copy of the Public Notice announcing the rate can be found here. (DA-12-917)