On March 1, 2011, the Federal Communications Commission ("Commission" or "FCC") released the 2011 Form 499-A Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet ("Form 499-A") and Instructions for use by companies filing the Form 499-A by the April 1, 2011 filing deadline. The 2011 Form 499-A Instructions contain numerous revisions to last year's Instructions. The Bureau has substantially reorganized the Instructions and consolidated some of the discussions. This marks the first major revision to the Instructions since the FCC began using the Form 499-A in 2000.

Any entity preparing to submit the Form 499-A by April 1, 2011 should carefully and thoroughly review the revised Instructions before completing and submitting the Form. Revisions to the Instructions will not be readily apparent this year, and likely will require a detailed comparison of the 2010 and 2011 Instructions to identify all of the changes.

The FCC's Public Notice announcing the revised Form 499-A and identifying some of the revisions can be found here.