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

American Network, Inc.-Hammer Fiber Optic Holdings Corp. TC 19-202 7/31/2019

DA 19-731

Word | PDF

8/14/2019
(8/21/2019)
YES  
Consolidated Communications of Northern New England Company, LLC-Terabyte Holdings, L.L.C AA 19-213 7/30/2019

DA 19-720

Word | PDF

8/13/2019
(8/20/2019)
YES  
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  

Absaraka Cooperative Telephone Company, Inc.-Inter-Community Telephone, L.L.C.

AA 19-164 7/15/2019

DA 19-661

Word | PDF

7/29/2019
(8/5/2019)
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)
YES  

Bealls Communication Group, LLC

Combined Public Communications, LLC

TC 19-182 7/2/2019

DA 19-619

Word | PDF

7/16/2019
(7/23/2019)
NO  
Chester Telephone Company d/b/a Tru-Vista Communications-York Telecoms Holdings U S L.P. TC 19-139 5/29/2019

DA 19-487

Word | PDF

6/12/2019
(6/19/2019)
NO  
Clarity Telecom Holdings, LLC to Python Intermediate II, LLC TC 19-16 2/22/2019

DA 19-113

Word | PDF

3/25/2019
(4/9/2019)
NO  
Licensees of NTS, Inc.-Clarity Telecom, LLC d/b/a Vast Broadband TC 19-7 2/22/2019

DA 19-113

Word | PDF

3/25/2019
(4/9/2019)
NO  
HRS Internet, LLC-DataBank Holdings Ltd. TC 18-382 1/30/2019

DA 19-29

Word | PDF

2/13/2019
(2/20/2019)
NO

REMOVED FROM STREAMLINE TREATMENT

2/25/2019

DA 19-114

Word | PDF

Protocall-Combined Public Communications AA 18-309 11/27/2018

DA 18-1202

Word | PDF

12/11/2018
(12/18/2018)
NO  

Global Connection Inc. of America-Tele Circuit Network Corporation

AA 17-170 7/13/2017

DA 17-674

Word | PDF
7/27/2017
(8/3/2017)
NO  
 
 

*Legend

Type of Transaction

Abbreviation

Acquisition of Assets

AA

Transfer of Control

TC

 

 

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Updated: 
Friday, June 9, 2017