All US international authorization holders and US international service providers must file International Traffic and Revenue Reports.
Common carriers and voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers that offer international telecommunications service must file Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the Commission) section 43.62 International Traffic and Revenue Reports by July 31. Pursuant to the recently adopted section 43.62 of the Commission’s Rules, entities that hold 214 authorizations and/or that provide VoIP services connected to the public switched telephone network (PSTN) must file the reports. This obligation applies to all such entities, even if international telecommunications or VoIP services were not provided during the preceding calendar year.
Please note that the clear and unambiguous nature of the section 43.62 filing obligation demonstrates that the Commission expects a high degree of participation from virtually every licensed entity, regardless of whether it is actually providing international service. Monetary fines and/or other penalties may apply to international 214 authorization holders and VoIP providers that fail to satisfy this filing obligation.
The International Traffic and Revenue Reports should be filed electronically using the section 43.62 Online Filing System. The filing must include revenues, payouts, and traffic for international telecommunications service and VoIP service connected to the PSTN provided during the preceding calendar year, even if no international telecommunications services were provided. Each new or revised section 43.62 report should be accompanied with a registration form.
The filing deadline is July 31, although technical difficulties with the newly implemented online filing system may result in a deadline extension.
If you need a copy of the FCC’s section 43.62 Filing Manual for these reports or the FCC’s revised international points list, please let us know. Feel free to contact us if you would like assistance in preparing and/or filing your report.
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