FCC Releases Revised 2011 USF Form 499-A

On March 1, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released its revised Form 499-A, the Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet. This Worksheet must be used by telecommunications providers and interconnected VoIP providers to report annual 2010 revenues for USF, TRS, NANPA, LNP and FCC Regulatory Fee assessments. The Form 499-A is due by April 1, 2011.

The 2011 Form 499-A Instructions mark the Bureau’s first major revision to the Instructions since the FCC began using the Form 499-A in 2000. The Bureau has substantially reorganized the Instructions and consolidated some of the discussions. As a result, a comparison of this year’s Instructions to the 2010 Instructions is not an easy task. We will continue to review the Form and expect to discover any changes over the next few weeks. Filers should consult their regulatory counsel prior to filing their 2011 Form, just to be sure.

For the benefit of our readers, we post here the FCC Public Notice, the revised Form 499-A and the revised Instructions. These forms also are available on the Universal Service Links page of our Resource Center. For easy two-click” access to these and other regulatory resources, bookmark our site.