• Non-dominant interexchange carriers (IXCs) must file their annual Geographic Rate Averaging Certification with the FCC by May 1, 2012. This filing certifies that the IXC is in compliance with the geographic rate average and rate integration obligations under Section 254(g) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. The certification must be signed by an officer of the IXC under oath, and should be sent to: Office of the Secretary, Attn: Chief, Pricing Policy Division, Room 5-A225, 445 12th Street S.W., Washington, DC 20554.
  • The Maryland Public Service Commission (MD PSC) has ordered all facilities-based Local Exchange Carriers (LECs) operating in Maryland to file reductions to their intrastate switched access rates in accordance with the Connect America Order (FCC 11-161) by May 1, 2012. These filings should bear an effective date of July 1, 2012. The MD PSC is also requiring facilities-based LECs to update their intrastate tariffs to reflect the implementation of the Connect America Order’s Internet-protocol (IP) traffic provisions by July 1, 2012. These provisions allow LECs to charge switched access charges for all IP-related traffic at interstate rates. The MD PSC warned that LECs that do not make these filings in a timely manner may be out of compliance and will not be allowed to charge for intrastate switched access until their revised tariff is approved by the MD PSC. A copy of the MD PSC notice can be found here. The Connect America Order may be found here.
  • Form 499-Q is due May 1, 2012 for all filers that are not considered to be de minimis for Universal Service filing purposes. This filing encompasses historical revenues from the first quarter of 2012 and projected revenues for the third 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 May 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 second quarter of 2012 is 17.4%. A copy of the Public Notice announcing the rate can be found here. (DA-12-396)..