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Released: June 27, 2012


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DA 12-1003
June 27, 2012



Changes in the Reporting Requirements

Section 43.61(a) of the Commission’s rules requires each common carrier that provided international
telecommunications services in 2011 to file a report of its international traffic data for calendar year 2011
by July 31, 2012.1 The reporting requirements have changed since carriers filed their International
Telecommunications Traffic Reports last year.
All common carriers that provided international facilities-based and facilities-resale switched and private
line services, or pure switched resale services, during calendar year 2011, are required to file the report
regardless of the amount of traffic provided. Carriers should follow the instructions contained in the
documents listed below when preparing and submitting their report to the Commission:2
Manual for Filing International Traffic Statistics Pursuant to Section 43.61 of the Commission’s
, Order, DA 95-1248, 10 FCC Rcd 13418 (1995) (Section 43.61 Filing Manual);
Clarification of Section 43.61 International Traffic Data Reporting Requirements (rel. July 15, 1997);
Clarification of Section 43.61 International Traffic Data Reporting Requirements, Public Notice, DA
98-1369, 13 FCC Rcd 12809 (1998);
Further Clarification of Section 43.61 International Traffic Data Reporting Requirements, Public
Notice, DA 99-1332, 14 FCC Rcd 11333 (1999);
Annual Section 43.61(a) International Telecommunications Traffic Reports Due by August 1, 2005,
Public Notice, DA 05-1963, 20 FCC Rcd 12052 (2005);
FCC Announces Change in Filing Location for Paper Documents, Public Notice, DA 09-2529, 74
Federal Register 68543 (2009).
Further, please note, the Commission has made additional changes to the reporting requirements in the
First Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in IB Docket No. 04-112 that are not
reflected in the current Filing Manual.3 Specifically, carriers are:

1 47 C.F.R. § 43.61(a).
2 Carriers may obtain these documents through the Commission’s Electronic Document Management System
(EDOCS) at or from the following FCC sites: and
3 See Reporting Requirements for U.S. Providers of International Telecommunications Services; Amendment of Part
43 of the Commissions Rules
, IB Docket No. 04-112, First Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking, FCC 11-76, 26 FCC Rcd 7274, 7284, 7293-95, paras. 24-25, 51-55 (2011).

(1) no longer required to report traffic from off-shore U.S. points separately;4 and
(2) no longer required to report any traffic between the United States and offshore U.S. points;5
In filing their reports, carriers should now combine the traffic data for off-shore U.S. points with the data
for domestic U.S. points. Carriers thus should only report traffic between the United States and foreign
points.6 To the extent that a carrier is unable to implement these changes in time for filing its
International Telecommunications Traffic Report this year, it may file a request for a waiver to continue
reporting under the old requirements for off-shore U.S. points for this reporting year.7
The Commission reminds carriers that facilities-based and facilities-resale traffic should be reported
according to the codes for Traditional Settlement Arrangements and Non-Traditional Settlement
Arrangements. Traditional Settlement Arrangements consist of traffic settled pursuant to the
Commission’s International Settlements Policy (ISP).8 Non-Traditional Settlement Arrangements consist
of all traffic other than traditionally settled traffic. Facilities-based services are provided using
international transmission facilities owned in whole or in part by the carrier providing the service.
Facilities-resale services are provided by a carrier utilizing international circuits leased from other
reporting international carriers. These are distinct from pure switched resale services, which are switched
services that are provided by switching traffic to (and reselling the switched services of) underlying U.S.
carriers. International facilities-based and facilities-resale switched message telephone and private line
services data must be filed on a country-by-country, region and world total basis. International switched
telegraph, telex and other miscellaneous services data may be filed on a region and world total basis only.
Carriers that provided international pure switched resale services for the calendar year may file world
totals only.
Carriers should also refer to the Attachments to this Public Notice for guidance in preparing and
submitting their reports. Attachment 1 contains a table of billing codes for facilities-based and facilities-
resale services. Carriers that wish to use Excel to create their reports should refer to Attachment 2, which
includes a sample Excel filing template with brief field descriptions for facilities-based and facilities-
resale submissions.9 Attachment 3 lists international terminating points, which should be used by carriers

4 Id. at 7295, para. 55.
5 Id.
6 Id. at 7295, para. 55. See 47 C.F.R. § 43.82(a). The “United States” is defined as the “several States and
Territories, the District of Columbia, and the possessions of the United States, but does not include the Canal Zone.”
47 U.S.C. § 153(58).
7 Id. at 7295, n.123.
8 See 47 C.F.R. §§ 43.51(e), 64.1001, 64.1002 (2009). See International Settlements Policy Reform, International
Settlement Rates
, IB Docket No. 02-234, First Report and Order, 19 FCC Rcd 5709, 5723-25, ¶¶ 27-28 (2004).
Currently, 165 routes are exempted from the ISP. See See also U.S.-
Cambodia Route Exempted from the International Settlements Policy
, Public Notice, IB Docket Nos. 02-324, 96-
261, 20 FCC Rcd 963 (Int’l Bur. 2005). For a discussion of benchmarks, see International Settlement Rates, IB
Docket No. 96-261, Report and Order, FCC 97-280, 12 FCC Rcd 19806, 19806, ¶ 1 (1997); Report and Order on
Reconsideration and Order Lifting Stay, 14 FCC Rcd 9256 (1999); aff’d sub nom. Cable & Wireless P.L.C. v. FCC,
166 F.3d 1224 (D.C. Cir. 1999).
9 To use Excel to create the file with a .436 file extension, click [File]; select [Save as]; and then, in the dialog box,
click [Save as Type]; use the drop down box to select the file type “Formatted Text (Space Delimited)”. This will
re-save the spreadsheet with a “.prn” file extension. Carriers must then rename the spreadsheet to change the file
extension to “.436”. That is the version of the file to be filed with the Commission.

that report country-by-country statistics. Carriers are reminded to contact the FCC at (202) 418-0945 for
international terminating points not included in Attachment 3.10
Carriers that provided international facilities-based and facilities-resale services may submit their reports
on compact disc (CD) media, DVD (optical disc storage) media, or a USB (Universal Serial Bus) flash
drive. Each media must follow the correct format as set forth in Section 2 of the Section 43.61 Filing
, “Diskette Format and Coding Instructions.” All files must be converted to the correct electronic
format. Carriers should refer to Section 2.B. of the Section 43.61 Filing Manual, “Record Formats,” for
detailed instructions.
Facilities-based and facilities-resale carriers that provided switched or private line services should file an
original and one copy of the transmittal letter, and an original and one copy of the public and confidential
versions (if applicable) of the report, and one set of media for both the public and confidential versions
with Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, Office of the Secretary. Filing
locations can be found at
In 2011, the FCC improved its website to allow electronic filing of Section 43.61(a) submissions for
international pure switched resale providers. Pure switched resale providers may, if they wish, continue
to file their submissions electronically via the Internet to the following FCC secure mailbox address: Carriers should indicate in the subject line of their e-mail to the FCC: Calendar
Year 2011 Section 43.61(a). This information will be attached to the carrier’s submission as an indication
of the receipt date. Carriers should request to receive a receipt reply from the FCC as an indication the
Commission received their information. Pure switched resale providers wishing to continue to file on
paper instead of filing electronically should continue to send their information to the Commission’s
Secretary using the filing locations as indicated above.
In addition, all carriers, facilities-based, facilities-resale and pure switched resale, should mail one copy of
the transmittal letter, the public version paper report, and the public version media (if applicable) to the
Commission’s duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc. at the address below.

should not include submissions for the contractor with their submissions for the Federal
Communications Commission. Submissions for the contractor, should instead, be filed separately
to the address below.

The Section 43.61 Filing Manual, public notices, and international points reports referenced in this Public
are also available through the Commission’s duplicating contractor: Best Copy and Printing, Inc.,
Portals II, CY-B402, 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington D.C. 20554, (1-800-378-3160, facsimile 202-488-
5563) or at
For further information contact Linda Blake, Strategic Analysis and Negotiations Division, International
Bureau (202) 418-0945, email:
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10 See International Points Used for FCC Reporting Purposes (rel. Apr. 1, 1994), available at

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