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Circuit Capacity Report

Note: In February 2015, the old 43.82 Circuit Status reporting requirements were replaced by the new 43.62 Circuit Capacity reporting requirements. Therefore, the FCC Encyclopedia page “Circuit Status Report” is redirected here.

About. In 2013, the Commission released a Second Report and Order that significantly streamlined and modernized the Commission’s international traffic, revenue, and circuit reporting requirements. Under the Commission’s revised rules, Section 43.62, which went into effect on February 11, 2015, sets forth annual circuit capacity reporting requirements, replacing the old section 43.82 circuit status reporting requirements.

The reporting requirements apply to (1) any facilities-based common carrier with active satellite or terrestrial circuits between the United States and a foreign point; (2) any non-common carrier satellite licensee with active circuits between the United States and a foreign point; (3) any licensee of a submarine cable between the United States and a foreign point; or (4) any common carrier with capacity on a submarine cable between the United States and a foreign point. The new terrestrial and satellite circuits will be reported in world-total count, rather than the old requirement of country-by-country count. The new submarine cable circuits are required to report by “per-cable basis”, rather than the old requirement of country-by-country basis.

To implement these revised requirements, the Commission released a Filing Manual that provides instructions to carriers filing reports under the revised requirements (43.62 Filing Manual). The Commission will compile the data filed in FCC statistical reports that will be published annually.

Section 43.62 Online Filing System

Archive of Section 43.82 Circuit Status reports.

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