WCB Announces The Proposed NANPA Fund Size Estimate and Contribution
Federal Communications Commission
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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
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.
Calculating the NANP Administration Fund Size Estimate and Contribution Factor
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
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.
To develop these figures, Welch allocates a portion of the funding requirement to all
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
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
4 47 C.F.R. § 52.17(a).
Billing and Collection Agent Projection of the Fund Size Estimate and Contribution
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
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
Effective Date of the Fund Size Estimate and Contribution Factor
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
For further information, contact Myrva Charles in the Competition Policy Division, Wireline
Competition Bureau, at (202) 418-1506.
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
6 See Fiscal Year 2014 Contribution Factor Filing at 2.
7 Id. at 2-3.
8 Id. at 5.
10 See Attachment A, History of Past Budgets and Contribution Factors, Welch LLP, CC Docket No. 92-
237 (filed May 28, 2014).