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Mandatory Web Filing vs. Paper Filing for FCC Form 499A

Posted by Trish Kirby

More and more Public Service Commissions and Public Utility Commissions are moving toward mandatory electronic filings for your telecom regulatory compliance reports.  USAC has been strongly encouraging telecom carriers to submit and certify their 499 filings via their E-FILE system for the last 2 years.

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Topics: friday feature, FCC Forms, USAC, Form 499

TMI Update: FCC Form 481 High Cost/Lifeline Filing Due Date is Here!

Posted by Trish Kirby

Ready to blast off?   The FCC High Cost/Lifeline annual report Form 481 filings are due earlier than in prior years. This year they are due July 1, 2014.  Are you an FCC-approved ETC providing High Cost/Lifeline services? Not only is there the filing at the FCC, there are individual state filing requirements as well.  See our 8/14/13 blog article FCC Form 481 High Cost/Lifeline Filing Due Date.

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Topics: ETC, Lifeline, Compliance Reporting, FCC Forms, high cost/lifeline form 481

Federal USF Exemption Certificate FAQs

Posted by Sharon Thomas

I blogged a little poem in early December about the telecom industry's anxious anticipation of an FCC order adopting new 2014 Federal USF exemption certificate language. (See 'Twas Weeks Before New Year's, posted December 6, 2013.) Well, the FCC staff apparently did not stay up late to craft new language before the New Year. As we continue to wait for an FCC order approving the 2014 499A instructions with new exemption certificate language, many carriers have decided that they cannot continue to delay and are sending out 2014 certificates in advance of a final order. Not surprising, considering the implications for carrier billing and compliance.

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Topics: exemption certificates, USF, FCC Forms, featured post

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, January 6, 2014

Posted by Amy Gross

The Regulatory Mix, TMI’s daily blog of regulatory activities, is a snapshot of PUC, FCC, legislative, and occasionally court, issues that our regulatory monitoring team uncovers each day. Depending on their significance, some items may be the subject of a TMI Regulatory Bulletin.

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Topics: FCC, The Regulatory Mix, wireless, FCC Forms, FTC

'Twas weeks before New Year's: Telecom Carriers Crafting 499 Plans?

Posted by Sharon Thomas

'Twas just weeks before New Year's

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Topics: exemption certificates, FCC, USF, telecommunications regulatory consulting, FCC Forms

Raiders of the Lost ARC?

Posted by Carey Roesel

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Topics: access, FCC ICC/USF Reform Order, FCC Forms

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Posted by Amy Gross

The Regulatory Mix, TMI’s daily blog of regulatory activities, is a snapshot of PUC, FCC, legislative, and occasionally court, issues that our regulatory monitoring team uncovers each day. Depending on their significance, some items may be the subject of a TMI Regulatory Bulletin.

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Topics: FCC, The Regulatory Mix, New York, FCC Forms

FCC Seeks Comment on Lifeline ETC Certification Form 555 Revisions

Posted by Tom Forte

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Topics: certification, ETC, Lifeline, regulatory consulting, FCC Forms

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Posted by Fran Martens

The Regulatory Mix, TMI’s daily blog of regulatory activities, is a snapshot of PUC, FCC, legislative, and occasionally court, issues that our regulatory monitoring team uncovers each day. Depending on their significance, some items may be the subject of a TMI Regulatory Bulletin.

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Topics: The Regulatory Mix, ETC, Lifeline, regulatory monitoring, FCC Forms

TMI Timely Tip: Plan Ahead for 2014 VoIP Revenue Reporting

Posted by Sharon Thomas

It's a good time to start thinking about your 2014 FCC Form 499 revenue projections, particularly if you are an interconnected VoIP provider. Many VoIP providers have historically calculated their interstate revenues based on the FCC's VoIP "safe harbor" of 64.9%. Those revenues are subject to the Federal Universal Service Fund (FUSF) fee as well as other federally imposed fees. Combined, these fees currently amount to roughly 17% of a carrier's interstate revenues, so it makes sense to consider ways to minimize those revenues and the associated fees.

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Topics: USF, VoIP, regulatory consulting, FCC Forms

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