Companies that provide telecommunications and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service are reminded that FCC Form 499-A is due Wednesday, April 1, 2015. FCC Form 499-A reports annual revenue to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), as well as other fund administrators. This form must be filed by all interstate telecommunications carriers, interconnected VoIP providers, providers of interstate telecommunications that offer service for a fee on a non-common carrier basis (including stand-alone audio bridging companies), and payphone providers that are aggregators.
In addition, non-interconnected VoIP providers are required to file this form for the assessment of fees to support the Telecommunications Relay System (TRS).
The revenues reported on Form 499-A provide the basis for true-up of a company’s Universal Service contributions for the previous calendar year and serve as the basis for assessing annual fees for the TRS, the Local Number Portability (LNP) fund, the North American Numbering Plan Administration fund, and the FCC’s annual fee.
FCC Form 499-A must be filed electronically with the USAC. The filing interface can be found here.
Instructions for completing the FCC Form 499-A can be found here.
The USAC is holding a webinar, entitled “Good Filing Practices for the FCC Form 499-A,” on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 2:00 PM EDT. Registration can be found here.
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