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, 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.

PN Date

Public Notice  

Comments
(Replies)

Streamlined

 Other

Lake Communications-Contel Systems, Inc. AA 17-64 3/20/2017 DA 17-269 4/3/2017
(4/10/2017)
YES  

Global Connection Inc. of America-Odin Mobile, LLC

TC 17-54 3/15/2017 DA 17-253 3/29/2017
(4/5/2017)
YES  

Teleguam Holdings, LLC-Forager Holdings Corp.

TC 17-46 2/28/2017 DA 17-201 3/30/2017
(4/14/2017)
YES  

Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc.-

FairPoint Communications, Inc.
TC 16-417 1/12/2017

DA 17-52

Word | PDF
2/13/2017
(2/28/2017)
YES  
1 800 COLLECT, Inc-18C, LLC AA 16-275 9/23/2016

DA 16-1082

Word | PDF
10/7/2016
(10/14//2016)
NO

REMOVED FROM STREAMLINE TREATMENT

10/13/2016

DA 16-1172

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Telecom North-G3 AA 16-1 1/8/16

DA 16-20

Word | PDF

1/22/2016
(1/29/2016)
NO

REMOVED FROM STREAMLINE TREATMENT

1/29/2016

 

DA 16-108

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*Legend

Type of Transaction

Abbreviation

Acquisition of Assets

AA

Transfer of Control

TC

 

 

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Updated: 
Thursday, January 5, 2017