Oct 10, 2013 4:47:00 PM
In response to intense industry lobbying, the FCC issued a Report and Order on September 18, 2013 clarifying and somewhat narrowing its upcoming special access data request. While the key changes are described below, it is important to remember that there is still not a specific due date for parties to file their data, since the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) has yet to approve the Commission’s data request. The Commission still anticipates approval will be coming soon and it will begin collecting data towards the end of this year or early next year. Here are the key modifications:
I. Purchasers Subject to Commission Jurisdiction
The Special Access Data Collection Order originally stated that all purchasers of dedicated service must supply certain information as part of the data collection. A purchaser is a competitive provider or an end user, which is defined as a “business, institutional, or government entity that purchases a communications service for its own purposes and does not resell such service.”
As part of the data they are expected to file, purchasers are required to report their expenditures for dedicated service under tariff and non-tariff plans and provide details on the terms and conditions associated with those plans. However, the Commission is concerned that this data requirement applies to all entities under its jurisdiction, including potentially hundreds of thousands of license and authorization holders, information service providers, or others that are subject to the Commission’s jurisdiction but otherwise are simply consumers of dedicated services and are unfamiliar with, and perhaps completely unaware of, the Commission’s requirements and proceedings involving the regulation of ILECs in price cap areas.
Thus the Commission now states that it will exclude from supplying special access data any entity that is subject to its jurisdiction only because it falls into one of the following categories and is not a true common carrier purchaser of special access:
- An end user that is an information service provider;
- An equipment authorization holder regulated under Parts 2 and 15 of the Commission’s rules;
- An accounting authorization holder providing maritime and maritime mobile-satellite radio services regulated under Part 3 of the Commission’s rules;
- An experimental radio authorization holder regulated under Part 5 of the Commission’s rules;
- A commercial radio operator regulated under Part 13 of the Commission’s rules;
- An antenna structure registration holders regulated under Part 17 of the Commission’s rules;
- A television or radio broadcaster regulated under Part 73 of the Commission’s rules;
- A holder of authorizations issued pursuant to Part 74 of the Commission’s rules such as experimental radio, auxiliary, special broadcast and other program distribution service authorizations;
- A maritime service authorization holders regulated under Part 80 of the Commission’s rules;
- An aviation service authorization holders regulated under Part 87 of the Commission’s rules;
- A private land mobile radio service authorization holder regulated under Part 90 of the Commission’s rules except for holders of authorizations under Part 90 for the provision of point-to-point fixed microwave services and authorizations in the Wireless Broadband Services frequency band, 3650-3700 MHz;
- A personal radio service authorization holder regulated under Part 95 of the Commission’s rules; and
- An amateur radio service authorization holder regulated under Part 97 of the Commission’s rules.
The Commission anticipates that, with these new exclusions it will limit the number of special access data providers to about 6,500, compared to hundreds of thousands of responses that were expected without these exclusions.
Jul 12, 2013 10:22:00 AM
CCMI continues to monitor and acquire access tariffs being filed throughout the country, monitoring the latest filings through CCMI's Telview tariff library. Review the map below of filings by state.
Jun 28, 2013 1:54:00 PM
CCMI has been working with the state PUC’s to acquire all supported transmittal filings and is finding that over 70% of the states are not releasing the transmittals until the effective date or they have not received a filing from the carriers. Even with this delay, CCMI has been able to acquire 18 transmittals from Louisiana, 13 from Florida and we have 10 filings coming from Vermont this week.
CCMI expects July 1st & 2nd to be extremely active and we will continue to update our transmittal spreadsheet, which can be accessed through Telview.
Jun 21, 2013 11:22:00 AM
With just over a week before all intrastate access charges become effective, it appears many carriers are holding their changes until the last minute. Based on supported CCMI carriers; IA, MD, ME, AL, SC and OH have reported over 50% of their filings. Forty-two states are below 30% complete with MA, VT and WV not filing any access transmittals within their respected PUC.
Jun 12, 2013 10:49:00 AM
As another week passes, the intrastate access filing activity across the country continues to rise. Most noticeably, CCMI has seen increases in AZ, GA, IL, OR and PA, with PA leading the group in filings this past week. With less than three weeks left to file, and based on CCMI estimates, Ohio appears to have submitted over 90% of their filings.
Jun 6, 2013 5:58:00 PM
The Oregon Exchange Carrier Association has made some significant changes in the last couple of days.
Jun 6, 2013 9:39:00 AM
May 30, 2013 9:33:00 AM
In the last week, CCMI has seen a significant increase -- nearly 43% -- in intrastate access filing activity throughout the country, especially in Alabama (450%), Colorado (119%), Iowa (144%), and Missouri (128%). Ohio has recorded the most filings to date with more than 100.
May 15, 2013 12:01:00 PM
Much like a CPA’s busy tax season, the telecommunication industry’s “access filing season” is upon us. And CCMI is actively monitoring the volume of filings and collecting transmittal and tariff updates in our online rate document library.
This year, on July 1, 2013, LECs must file tariffs to bring terminating intrastate rates to parity with interstate rates, despite the pending court challenge to the FCC’s Report and Order (FCC Docket 10-90).