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International Telecommunications Traffic Reports

About. Section 43.61 of the Commission’s rules require that each common carrier engaged in providing telecommunications service between the continental United States (as defined in the Communications Act, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 153) and any country or point outside that area shall file a report with the Commission not later than July 31 of each year for the preceding calendar year.  Revisions are due by October 31st.  The reporting requirements include information on actual traffic and revenues data for each service provided by the carrier, divided among service billed in the United States, service billed outside the United States, and service transiting the United States.

The Commission prepares and releases an annual report regarding international message telephone, private line and miscellaneous services between the United States and other countries. 

In 2013, the Commission released a Second Report and Orderthat significantly streamlined and modernized the Commission’s international traffic, revenue, and circuit reporting requirements. The changes have not yet taken effect (with one exception), and carriers made their 2013 filings under the old requirements. The Commission anticipates that a new online filing system will be available in time for the filing of the 2014 data in 2015.

Under the Commission’s revised rules, Section 43.62, sets forth annual traffic and revenue reporting requirements, replacing the old telecommunications traffic reporting requirements. The new reporting requirements will apply to any person or entity that (1) holds an authorization from the Commission under section 214 of the Communications Act of 1934 (Communications Act), as amended, 47 U.S.C. § 214, to provide International Telecommunications Service; or (2)is engaged in providing Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service connected to the public switched telephone network (PSTN) between the United States and any foreign point.

To implement these revised requirements, the Commission has released a new Filing Manual that provides instructions to carriers filing reports under the revised requirements (43.62 Filing Manual). Additionally, the Commission, on October 27, 2014, released a Revised List of International Points that are part of the global telecommunications market.  Carriers should use the revised list for purposes of reporting their international traffic data under the Commission’s amended Part 43 rules.

Archive.  Archive of released International Telecommunications Data reports.

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