Below is a brief summary of the new requirements for existing NDIEC registrants, which must be met no later than December 1, 2010. [NOTE: New NDIEC registrants are subject to separate requirements. If you are considering newly registering as an NDIEC in California, please contact us for advice.]
Should you have questions regarding these new requirements, we will be pleased to assist.
New Requirements for Existing NDIEC Registrants:
- The interexchange carrier authority that must be obtained pursuant to section 1013 (formerly known as a certificate of public convenience and necessity) has been renamed a "registration license." An NDIEC authorized pursuant to section 1013 is now referred to as a "registration license holder," "registration licensee," or "registrant."
- All NDIEC registrants are required to obtain, no later than December 1, 2010, a "continuous performance bond" that is equal to or greater than 10% of intrastate revenues reported to the CPUC during the preceding calendar year, or $25,000, whichever is greater. The bond must be issued by a corporate surety company authorized to transact surety business in California, and the CPUC must be listed as the obligee on the bond.
- All NDIEC registrants are required to submit, no later than December 1, 2010, a copy of the executed performance bond via an Information-Only Advice letter to the Director of the CPUC's Communications Division. A registrant can request an extension of time for good cause. The CPUC has indicated its intention to seek revocation of registrations for registrants that have not posted the required bond within 120 days after the deadline.
- All NDIEC registrants are required to submit thereafter, by March 31 of each year, a copy of the performance bond via an Information-Only Advice letter to the Director of the Communications Division.
- A new minimum annual user fee of $100 is established. Currently, NDIEC registrants are required to pay an annual user fee based on 0.18% of the NDIEC's gross intrastate revenues (excluding inter-carrier sales, equipment sales and directory advertising). Under the new requirements, a minimum fee of $100 must be paid even by carriers reporting no intrastate revenues. (If annual gross intrastate revenues are $750,000 or less, the fee is paid by January 15 each year; otherwise, the fee is due on a quarterly basis).