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

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Transferee

 Type*

 Docket   No.

PN Date

Public Notice  

Comments
(Replies)

Streamlined

 Other

 

Veracity Networks, LLC-FirstDigital Communications, LLC

 

TC 21-226 6/4/2021

DA 21-654

Word |PDF

6/18/2021
(6/25/2021)
YES  
Certain Subsidiaries Of MTN Infrastructure TopCo LP-Cox Communications, Inc. TC 21-224 6/4/2021

DA 21-658

Word |PDF

6/18/2021
(6/25/2021)
YES  
Onvoy Holdings Inc.-Sinch US Holding, Inc. TC 21-131 5/14/2021

DA 21-575

Word |PDF

6/14/2021
(6/29/2021)
NO  
Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc To Project 8 Buyer, LLC TC 21-23 2/16/2021

DA 21-178

Word |PDF

3/18/2021
(4/2/2021)
NO  
Vertex-Mr. Chiu TC 21-22 1/28/2021

DA 21-93

Word |PDF

2/11/2021
(2/18/2021)
NO

Removed from Streamlined Treatment

DA 21-175

Word |PDF

Interoute US LLC-Cube Telecom Europe BidCo Limited TC 20-427 12/31/2020

DA 20-1546

Word |PDF

1/14/2021
(1/21/2021)
NO  
TAG Mobile Bankruptcy Sale Entity, LLC-Vector Holdings Group LLC TC 20-140 5/28/2020

DA 20-565

Word | PDF

6/11/2020
(6/18/2020)
NO  
 
 

*Legend

Type of Transaction

Abbreviation

Acquisition of Assets

AA

Transfer of Control

TC

 

 

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Updated: 
Tuesday, October 6, 2020