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Transfer of Control

Applications for Transfer of Control in Mergers and Acquisitions

Telecommunications carriers seeking to transfer assets or corporate control in mergers and acquisitions must first receive approval from the FCC. The Commission examines the public interest impact of a proposed domestic or international transaction.

Pursuant to Section 214 of the Communications Act of 1934 (link in right-hand navigation panel), sections 63.03 and 63.04 of the Commission's rules govern procedures for domestic transfer of control/asset applications. The rules also:

  • Provide guidance on pro forma transfers
  • Provide for jointly-filed applications for domestic and international services
  • Describe six categories of transactions that are presumptively accorded streamlined treatment resulting in an automatic grant 31 days following public notice of the application. 

Carriers must file a discontinuance application when an acquisition will result in a reduction or impairment of service.

In any transaction, carriers acquiring all or part of another carrier's subscriber base must notify subscribers and meet other requirements in section 64.1120(e) of the Commission's rules.

International mergers and acquisitions are subject to section 63.24 of the FCC’s rules.  International applications are reviewed by the International Bureau

Pending Domestic Applications

Transferee

 Type*

 Docket   No.

Public Notice Date

Public Notice  

Comments
(Replies)

Streamlined

 Other

Blue Rooster - Norcast TC 14-172 10/17/14 DA 14-1510 Word | PDF 10/31/2014
(11/7/2014)
YES  
MegaPath - Global Capacity AA 14-173 10/16/14 DA 14-1496 Word | PDF 10/30/2014
(11/6/2014)
YES  
Expereo -CETP TC 14-134 10/8/14 DA 14-1466 Word | PDF 10/22/2014
(10/29/2014)
YES  
TRI County-BHT TC 14-163 10/2/14 DA 14-1439 Word | PDF 10/16/2014
(10/23/2014)
YES  
NTI Talk-Kawthar TC 14-153 9/17/14 DA 14-1345 Word | PDF 10/1/2014
(10/8/2014)
YES  
Prairie-Panora AA 14-152 9/15/14 DA 14-1332 Word | PDF 9/29/2014
(10/6/2014)
NO  
Hibernia Atlantic U.S LLC -HIBERNIA MEDIA TC 14-138 9/4/14 DA 14-1281 Word | PDF 9/8/2014
(9/25/2014)
NO

REMOVED FROM STREAMLINE TREATMENT

9/25/2014


DA 14-1389

Word | PDF

BWT-NDS TC 14-110 7/22/14 DA 14-1033 Word | PDF 8/5/2014
(8/12/14)
YES  
TW Telecom-Level 3 TC 14-104 7/18/14 DA 14-1022 Word | PDF 8/18/2014
(9/2/14)
NO  
G3 Telecom-Telehop TC 14-74 5/27/14 DA 14-719 Word | PDF 6/10/2014
(6/17/14)
YES

REMOVED FROM STREAMLINE TREATMENT

6/19/2014


DA 14-841

Word | PDF

US-Connect-IMTL-LCSD

 

TC 13-187 8/13/2013

DA 13-1750

 Word | PDF

8/27/2013
(9/3/2013)
NO  
 
 

*Legend

Type of Transaction

Abbreviation

Acquisition of Assets

AA

Transfer of Control

TC

 

 

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