Reminders: FCC Filings Due August 2011; FCC Form 477 Compliance Webinar; FCC Annual Regulatory Fees

Kelley Drye Client Advisory

Please be reminded of the upcoming due dates for the Reports listed below:

Form 499 Q Quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet
Carriers required to contribute to federal universal service support mechanisms must report their actual and projected end user and wholesale revenues for each calendar quarter by filing Form 499Q on a quarterly basis. The Form 499Q filing, providing historical revenue data for April 1 through June 30 and projected data for October 1 through December 31, is due to USAC by August 1, 2011.
Form 502: North American Numbering Plan Numbering Resource Utilization/Forecast Report
Carriers that receive numbers from the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (“NANPA”), pooling administrator or other carrier must file the Form 502 to report numbering usage and forecast future numbering resource needs. Reports reflecting information for the preceding 6-month period ending June 30, 2011 are due to the NANPA by August 1, 2011.
Notice: FCC Webinar re: Form 477 Local Telephone Competition and Broadband Reporting Compliance
On July 15, 2011, the FCC will hold a webinar to discuss broadband providers’ compliance with the FCC Form 477, Local Telephone Competition and Broadband Reporting requirement. The webinar will provide an overview of the basic filing requirement and discuss some common filing errors. The FCC emphasized that it is increasing efforts to ensure full compliance and will take enforcement actions to address non-compliance.

The webinar is free of charge to the public and additional information can be found on the FCC’s website at http://​www​.fcc​.gov/​e​vents.

Notice: FCC Annual Regulatory Fees
Most federal licensees and other regulated entities must pay regulatory fees, which usually change each fiscal year, to offset costs associated with the FCC’s enforcement, public service, international, policy, and rulemaking activities. Fees vary by type of activity.

Regulatory fees usually are due in August or September, however, the Commission has not yet released an Order establishing FY 2011 regulatory fee amounts or setting a fee due date. Once it releases the fee order, the Commission typically will then release a public notice providing more details of the fees and filing requirements. As in prior years, the Commission will not send pre-bills and companies are advised to check the FCC’s Fee Filer system (http://​www​.fcc​.gov/​f​e​e​s​/​f​e​e​f​i​l​e​r​.html) for bill information once the Fee Filer system has been opened to licensees for this year’s regulatory fee payments.

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