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FY 2012 Regulatory Fees for Submarine Cable Systems

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Released: August 13, 2012


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August 13, 2012



The Commission’s automated filing and payment system (“Fee Filer”) is now available
for filing and payment of FY 2012 regulatory fees. Regulatory fee payments must be made no
later than 11:59 PM, ET, on September 13, 2012.
As set forth in 47 U.S.C. 159(a), the Commission is required by Congress to collect
regulatory fees to recover the regulatory costs associated with its enforcement, policy and
rulemaking, user information, and international activities. Licensees and regulatees are assessed
fees calculated as set forth in (See Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year
2012, Report and Order, 77 FR 46307 at ¶ 4 (August 3, 2012)). The Commission also publishes
industry-specific guidance in Who Owes Fees & What is My Fee FY 2012, which can be found
on the Commission website at
In the Submarine Cable Fee Order,1 the Commission changed its methodology for
calculating regulatory fees for international submarine cable operators. This change in
methodology became effective on July 15, 2009.2 Hence, beginning with Fiscal Year 2009, the
Commission calculates regulatory fees for international submarine cable operators licensed and
operating on December 31 of the prior year on a per cable landing license basis, with a higher fee
for larger submarine cable systems and lower fees for smaller systems.3 This methodology does
not distinguish between submarine cables operated on a common carrier basis and those operated
on a non-common basis.
To assist submarine cable operators in making their FY 2012 regulatory fee payment, the
Commission has compiled from public documents a listing of the international submarine cables
licensed and operational on December 31, 2011 and the licensees associated with each cable.4

1 Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2008, Second Report and Order, 24 FCC Rcd 4208,
¶ 1 (2009) (“Submarine Cable Fee Order”).
2 Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2009, Report and Order, FCC 09-62, (rel. July 31,
2009) at ¶ 9.
3 See Submarine Cable Fee Order, 24 FCC Rcd at 4214-15, ¶¶ 13-18; see also 47 C.F.R. § 1.1156(c).
4 See 2009 Reg Fee Order at ¶ 29 (“the Commission in FY 2009 will publish a Public Notice that identifies the
license holders for each submarine cable system.”)

The attached table identifies the submarine cable, licensee(s), the amount of fee based on
the cable system’s capacity, and other information relevant to each cable.
The Commission will only accept a single payment for the full regulatory fee obligation
for each international submarine cable license. Therefore it is very important for submarine
cables with multiple licensees that the licensees determine amongst themselves the portion of the
fee each owes and how they will make a single regulatory fee payment. From the Commission’s
perspective, each licensee of a submarine cable is equally responsible for the payment of
regulatory fees.5 In the event of a non payment or underpayment, the Commission will hold each
and every licensee equally responsible for the regulatory fee obligation.
To make a payment, please log into Fee Filer at (, or from the left
side of the FCC Fees page, click on the link ( For
additional information, please refer to – “Regulatory Fees Fact Sheet – What You Owe –
International and Satellite Services Licensees for FY 2012”.

5 See id. 24 FCC Rcd at 4212, 4215, ¶¶ 6, 17

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