• The deadline for filing annual certificates of compliance with the Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) rules is March 1, 2012. The FCC includes the following types of carriers in its non-exhaustive list of entities that must file certificates: telecommunications carriers; interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers; commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) providers; interexchange carriers (IXCs); prepaid calling card providers; resellers; and calling card providers. The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau issued a Public Notice reminding carriers and other entities of the filing requirement on February 16, 2012, which may be found here.

Certificates must contain an officer’s signature attesting that he or she has personal knowledge that the company has established procedures to protect CPNI and must provide a description of those procedures. Further, the company must describe any actions taken against data brokers in 2011 and any customer complaints received regarding CPNI. The FCC encourages filers to file their certificates electronically via either the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), identifying EB Docket No. 06-36, or through the FCC’s web-based application, which can be found here. Filers may also file certificates in hard copy through the Secretary’s office. (DA 12-170, Enforcement Advisory No. 2012-01).

  • The Local Competition and Broadband Report, commonly known as FCC Form 477, is also due on March 1, 2012. This filing 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 (interconnected VoIP) service (including both service retailers and service wholesalers); and facilities-based providers of mobile telephony service. FCC Form 477 collects data concerning broadband connections to end user locations, wired and wireless local telephone services, and interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, in individual states and territories, which will be used to describe competition for local telecommunications services and broadband deployment.  Filers must report data as of December 31, 2011. More information about FCC Form 477, including filing instructions, may be found here and here.

Filers must use 2010 Census Tract Data in this filing. The Public Notice describing this requirement can be found here. (DA 11-1937, WC Docket No. 07-38)

  • The Universal Service contribution factor for the First Quarter of 2012 is 17.9%. A copy of the notice can be found here.