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Released: June 13, 2014
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PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

445 12th St., S.W.

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

Washington, D.C. 20554

DA 14-792

Released: June 13, 2014

WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU ANNOUNCES THE PROPOSED NORTH AMERICAN

NUMBERING PLAN ADMINISTRATION FUND SIZE ESTIMATE AND CONTRIBUTION

FACTOR FOR JULY 2014 THROUGH JUNE 2015

CC Docket No. 92-237

1.

In this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau announces the proposed North

American Numbering Plan (NANP) Administration fund size estimate and contribution factor for the

fiscal year July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 (Fiscal Year 2014). Proper funding of the NANP

Administration ensures that consumers will continue to have access to the numbering resources essential

to the provision of new services and technologies.

A.

Calculating the NANP Administration Fund Size Estimate and Contribution Factor

2.

Under section 52.17 of the Commission’s rules, all telecommunications carriers in the

United States are required to contribute on a competitively neutral basis to meet the costs of numbering

administration.1

Pursuant to its contract with the Commission and section 52.16(a) of the Commission’s

rules, the NANP billing and collection agent, Welch LLP (Welch), is responsible for calculating,

assessing, billing, and collecting payments for numbering administration functions, and for distributing

funds to the entities that support these functions (e.g., the North American Numbering Plan Administrator

(NANPA) and the Pooling Administrator (PA).2 Consistent with this function, Welch annually develops

the projected numbering administration costs and fund size estimate for the upcoming fiscal year.

3.

To develop these figures, Welch allocates a portion of the funding requirement to all

NANP members.3

Specifically, it calculates a Canadian contribution amount, a Caribbean contribution

amount, and a U.S. contribution amount. Welch then develops a contribution factor for U.S.

telecommunications carriers designed to collect the projected U.S. contribution. Our rules provide that

contributions shall be the product of the carriers’ end-user telecommunications revenues for the prior

calendar year and the contribution factor, and such contribution shall be no less than twenty-five dollars

($25).4

1 47 C.F.R. § 52.17. For purposes of this section, the term “telecommunications carrier” or “carrier” includes

interconnected VoIP providers as that term is defined in section 52.12(h), 47 C.F.R. § 52.12(h).

2 47 C.F.R. § 52.16(a).

3 The NANP members are Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands,

Canada, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St.

Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the United States

(including American Samoa, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern

Mariana Islands).

4 47 C.F.R. § 52.17(a).

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B.

Billing and Collection Agent Projection of the Fund Size Estimate and Contribution

Factor

4.

On May 6, 2014, Welch filed a fund size estimate and contribution factor for recovering

the cost of NANP Administration for Fiscal Year 2014, in accordance with section 52.16(a) of the

Commission’s rules.5

Welch proposed a funding requirement of $7,165,926 for Fiscal Year 2014, and a

contribution factor of 0.0000365.6

The funding requirement contemplates a Canadian contribution of

$102,967, a Caribbean contribution of $21,432, a U.S. contribution of $6,721,855, and the application of

$319,672 from the accumulated surplus from the prior fiscal year.7

The funding requirement also

contemplates a contingency fund of $1,000,000.8

Greater detail about the factors considered by Welch in

establishing the fund size estimate, contribution factor and contingency fund, may be found in Welch’s

monthly fund reports.9

A recent history of past NANP budgets and contribution factors is attached.10

C.

Effective Date of the Fund Size Estimate and Contribution Factor

5.

If the Commission takes no action regarding the proposed fund size estimate and

contribution factor within the 14-day period following release of this Public Notice, the fund size estimate

and the contribution factor are considered approved by the Commission and become effective for Fiscal

Year 2014.

For further information, contact Myrva Charles in the Competition Policy Division, Wireline

Competition Bureau, at (202) 418-1506.

-FCC-

5 47 C.F.R. § 52.16(a); Letter from Faith Marcotte, Partner, Welch LLP, to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, Federal

Communications Commission, CC Docket No. 92-237 (filed May 6, 2014) (Fiscal Year 2014 Contribution Factor

Filing).

6 See Fiscal Year 2014 Contribution Factor Filing at 2.

7 Id. at 2-3.

8 Id. at 5.

9 See http://www.nanpfund.com/monthlyreports/monthly.html

10 See Attachment A, History of Past Budgets and Contribution Factors, Welch LLP, CC Docket No. 92-

237 (filed May 28, 2014).

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