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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

AMI Communications-BCN Telecom AA 14-129 8/28/14 DA 14-1252 Word | PDF 9/11/2014
(9/18/2014)
YES  
G4 Communications - Segtel AA 14-132 8/28/14 DA 14-1250 Word | PDF 9/11/2014
(9/18/2014)
YES  
Enventis Corp. /Consolidated Communications Holdings TC 14-111 8/12/14

DA 14-1178  Word | PDF

8/26/2014
(9/2/2014)
YES  
Pine Telephone-North State Telephone TC 14-114 8/8/14

DA 14-1155  Word | PDF

8/22/2014
(8/29/2014)
YES  
DFT Communications /Brick Skirt TC 14-122 8/5/14

DA 14-1091  Word | PDF

8/19/2014
(8/26/2014)
YES  
Goldfield-BYC TC 14-112 7/30/14

DA 14-1091  Word | PDF

8/13/2014
(8/20/2014)
NO  
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)
YES  
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

LIVETV - JETBLUE

TC 14-63 4/22/14 DA 14-532  Word | PDF 5/6/2014
(5/13/14)
NO

REMOVED FROM STREAMLINE TREATMENT

1/2/2014


DA 14-649  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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