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 Section 214 Applications

Transferee

 Type*

 Docket   No.

PN Date

Public Notice  

Comments
(Replies)

Streamlined

 Other

Aeneas Communications, LLC-The Harlan Family Trust and Mrs. Fiona Harlan  TC 19-365 12/3/2019

DA 19-1234

Word | PDF

12/17/2019
(12/24/2019)
YES  
Aeneas Communications, LLC-Southwest Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation TC 19-364 12/3/2019

DA 19-1233

Word | PDF

12/17/2019
(12/24/2019)
YES  
Velocity Networks of Kentucky, Inc.-Rural Broadband Consulting, Inc. TC 19-344 11/25/2019

DA 19-1209

Word | PDF

12/9/2019
(12/16/2019)
YES  
Farber Telephone Company-New Florence Telephone Company TC 19-336 11/20/2019

DA 19-1197

Word | PDF

12/4/2019
(12/11/2019)
NO  
ZippyTech, Inc. and ZippyTech of New Mexico, Inc-Ting Fiber, Inc. TC 19-331 11/20/2019

DA 19-1195

Word | PDF

12/4/2019
(12/11/2019)
YES  
Helix Telephone Company-Oregon Telephone Corporation TC 19-307 11/6/2019

DA 19-1151

Word | PDF

11/20/2019
(11/27/2019)
NO  
HRS Internet, LLC-Everstream Solutions LLC TC 19-302 11/6/2019

DA 19-1147

Word | PDF

11/20/2019
(11/27/2019)
YES  
Fusion Connect, Inc. and it's Subsidiaries TC 19-262 10/11/2019

DA 19-1037

Word | PDF

10/25/2019
(11/1/2019)
NO  
U.S. Telepacific Holdings Corp. And It's Subsidiaries To Tango Private Holdings II, LLC TC 19-248 9/30/2019

DA 19-983

Word | PDF

10/14/2019
(10/21/2019)
NO  
Certain Subsidiaries of Frontier Communications Corporation-Northwest Fiber, LLC TC 19-188 7/25/2019

DA 19-710

Word | PDF

8/8/2019
(8/15/2019)
NO  

Zayo Group, LLC, Electric Lightwave, and Allstream Business US, LLC

Front Page Topco, INC.

TC 19-166 7/5/2019

DA 19-629

Word | PDF

7/19/2019
(7/26/2019)
NO  
 
 

*Legend

Type of Transaction

Abbreviation

Acquisition of Assets

AA

Transfer of Control

TC

 

 

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