Regulatory Guidance

TeleCommunications are subscription-based regulatory alerts, FCC reports, and webcasts from the Communications & Media Practice at Moss Adams LLP. These updates and analysis focus on issues and developments that have the potential to significantly impact small and midsize telecommunications carriers.

With experienced professionals throughout the country, including in Washington DC, who monitor and work directly with government agencies and industry associations, Telecommunications offers the most up-to-date data on these key topics:

  • FCC orders
  • FCC reporting requirements
  • Public notices
  • Notices of proposed rulemaking
  • New and revised Rural Utility Service (RUS) rules
  • Court decisions
  • Legislative developments

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FCC Authorizes A-CAM II Support for 171 Rate-of-Return Carriers | Moss Adams Alert – August 22, 2019

On August 22nd, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released a Public Notice authorizing 171 rate-of-return carriers that elected 184 offers of Alternative Connect America Model (A-CAM) II support to receive that model-based support. Collectively, these companies are committing to provide at least 25/3 Mbps broadband service to more than 360,000 locations, including more than 37,000 locations on Tribal lands. The A-CAM II support authorized totals $491.4 million per year. 
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FCC Regulatory Fees for FY 2019 Due September 24th | FCC Report – September 2019

On August 27th, the FCC released a Report and Order that adopts a schedule to collect regulatory fees for fiscal year (FY) 2019. Appendix C of the Report and Order provides a list of annual regulatory fees by category. The Commission also publishes industry-specific guidance in “What You Owe” Fact Sheets for each category on its Regulatory Fees web page
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FCC Releases Tariff Review Plan for Rate-of-Return Carriers That Elected Incentive Regulation for BDS Offerings | FCC Report – September 2019

On September 6th, the FCC posted on its website a tariff review plan (TRP) for use by rate-of-return carriers that have elected incentive regulation for their business data services (BDS) offerings. Rate-of-return carriers that have elected incentive regulation for BDS offerings must file tariff review plans reflecting any exogenous cost adjustment for Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS), North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA), and regulatory fees in rates to be effective October 1, 2019. The exogenous cost adjustment for TRS must be grossed up to spread the entire adjustment over the remaining months in the tariff year. 
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