FCC Proposes Eliminating Annual International Traffic and Revenue Report and Streamlining Annual Circuit Capacity Report
At its March 23, 2017 Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) voted unanimously to adopt a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) seeking comment on a proposal to reduce certain reporting requirements for international telecommunications service providers (International Service Providers). In particular, the FCC proposes to eliminate, in its entirety, the annual International Traffic and Revenue Report, in which International Service Providers report details regarding their international telecommunications services. The NPRM also seeks comments on ways to streamline the annual Circuit Capacity Report in which International Service Providers report on satellite, terrestrial, and submarine cable system usage and capacity. Current Reporting and Proposed Changes. Currently, section 43.62 of the FCC’s rules, requires International Service Providers to submit two annual reports to the FCC: (1) traffic and revenue; and (2) circuit capacity.
- Traffic and Revenue Report details International Service Providers’, including providers of interconnected voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) service, traffic and revenue for international voice services, international miscellaneous services, and international common carrier private lines.
- Circuit Capacity Report identifies submarine cable, satellite, and terrestrial available and planned capacity between the United States and foreign points.
- Any market changes that warrant reexamination of the type of information collected;
- Whether the FCC should release only regional data, without identifying individual submarine cable operators; and
- Changing the confidentiality rule for circuit capacity to clarify that requests for confidential treatment will be consistent with section 0.459 of the FCC’s rules.