Thursday, April 23, 2009

FCC 499Q Due May 1 (This Means You)

The federal government has a lot of paperwork. The FCC has a good amount due from businesses as well.

  • FCC Form 499-Q – Due May 1. The proposed contribution factor for USF for the second quarter 2009 is 0.113 or 11.3% of interstate and, in most cases, international end-user revenues.
  • Rate Integration Certification – Due May 1.
  • FCC Form 395 Annual Carrier Employment Report – Due May 31.

From the FCC regs: "All providers of interstate telecommunications within the United States, with very limited exceptions, must file an FCC Form 499-Q Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet. .... [telecom is even defined as] "subscriber toll-free services; 900 services; message telephone services (MTS); private line; telex; telegraph; video services; satellite services; resale services; frame relay, asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) and Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS); audio bridging services; and interconnected VoIP services. Note, for example, that all incumbent and competitive local exchange carriers provide access to an interstate public network and, therefore, provide interstate telecommunications. There are no exemptions for data or non-voice services..... Section 54.708 of the Commission’s rules states that telecommunications carriers and telecommunications providers are not required to contribute directly to the universal service support mechanisms for a given year if their contribution for that year is less than $10,000. ... Proposed contribution factor for the second quarter 2009 is 11.3, or 11.3%. [FCC source]

"On April 10, 2009, the Commission released the FCC Form 499-Q and accompanying instructions. The instructions incorporate non-substantive clarifications to ensure that all contributors are properly reporting revenues and are treating similar revenues uniformly." see 499a doc.

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