Form 480 Rural Call Completion Data Filing

The FCC previously collected data from covered providers—providers of long-distance voice service that make the initial long-distance call path choice for more than 100,000 domestic retail subscriber lines—four times a year on Form 480.  This information concerned the delivery of calls to Rural Local Exchange Carriers and is used to identify possible areas for further inquiry.  For purposes of these requirements, a covered provider may be:

  • a local exchange carrier as defined in 47 C.F.R. § 64.4001(e);
  • an interexchange carrier as defined in 47 C.F.R. § 64.4001(d);
  • a provider of commercial mobile radio service as defined in 47 C.F.R. § 20.3;
  • a provider of interconnected voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service as defined in 47 U.S.C. § 153(25), or
  • a provider of non-interconnected VoIP service as defined in 47 U.S.C. § 153(36) to the extent such a provider offers the capability to place calls to the public switched telephone network. 

In the Commission’s April 17, 2018 Second Rural Call Completion Report and Order (2018 RCC Order), the Commission eliminated the reporting requirement, determining that the reporting rules are burdensome on covered providers. 

On April 24, 2018, the Wireline Competition Bureau issued an Order declaring that the rural call completion reports otherwise due to the Commission on May 1, 2018 would be waived, suspending the reporting requirement until the 2018 RCC Order takes effect.  The 2018 RCC Order will take effect on June 11, 2018.

Links to Commission Rural Call Completion Documents

  • Rural Call Completion Reporting Waiver:  DA 18-411
  • Rural Call Completion Second Report and Order and Third Notice of Proposed Rulemaking:  FCC 18-45
  • Rural Call Completion Report & Order: FCC 13-135
  • Rural Call Completion Order on Reconsideration (explaining that certain intraLATA toll traffic need not be included): FCC 14-175 
  • RCC Appendix C Declaratory Ruling (explaining that providers have certain flexibility in categorizing attempted calls): DA-15-217
  • Code of Federal Regulations: Part 64 Subpart V