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

 Filing Steps for New Applications-Click Here

Transferee

 Type*

 Docket   No.

PN Date

Public Notice  

-Comments
(Replies)

Streamlined

 Other

Southern Kansas Telephone Company, Inc. and SKT, Inc-Twin Valley Management, Inc. TC 20-388 11/30/2020

DA 20-1416

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12/14/2020
(12/21/2020)
NO  
PEG Bandwidth Entities, Southern Light, LLC,Uniti Fiber by Everstream Solutions LLC AA 20-359 11/20/2020

DA 20-1387

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12/4/2020
(12/11/2020)
NO  
Clarity Telecom, LLC-GI DI Rushmore Topco LLC TC 20-371 11/20/2020

DA 20-1380

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12/4/2020
(12/11/2020)
YES  
Goldfield Telephone Company, LLC and Goldfield Access Network, L.L.C-Communications 1 Network, Inc. TC 20-373 11/17/2020

DA 20-1366

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12/1/2020
(12/8/2020)
NO  
Race Telecommunications-Hometown Purchaser LLC TC 20-360 11/17/2020

DA 20-1363

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12/1/2020
(12/8/2020)
NO  
Allo Communications LLC-SDC Allo Holdings, LLC TC 20-354 11/9/2020

DA 20-1329

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11/23/2020
(11/30/2020)
YES  
Ontario Telephone Company, Inc., Trumansburg Telephone Company, Inc., and Finger Lakes Communications Group Inc.-Future Fiber Parent, L.P. TC 20-355 11/6/2020

DA 20-1326

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11/20/2020
(11/27/2020)
NO  
Lightspeed Networks, Inc. d/b/a LS Networks-Pacific Broadband Partners IA LLC TC 20-352 11/6/2020

DA 20-1325

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11/20/2020
(11/27/2020)
YES  
Liberty Communications of Puerto Rico LLC by Worldnet Telecommunications Inc. AA 20-351 11/4/2020

DA 20-1309

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11/18/2020
(11/25/2020)
YES  
Ducor Telephone Company d/b/a Varcomm Holdings, Inc. TC 20-353 11/3/2020

DA 20-1308

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11/17/2020
(11/24/2020)
YES  
Telia Carrier U.S. Inc. To Oura BidCo US, Inc. TC 20-344 11/3/2020

DA 20-1306

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11/17/2020
(11/24/2020)
NO  
Cincinnati Bell Inc. and Hawaiian Telecom, Inc. to Red Fiber Parent LLC AA 20-146 10/8/2020

DA 20-1178

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11/9/2020
(11/24/2020)
NO  
Conterra Ultra Broadband, LLC, Network USA, LLC Detel Wireless, LLC Broadplex, LLC and Tim Ron Enterprises, LLC d/b/a Network Communications TC 20-240 9/30/2020

DA 20-1151

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10/30/2020
(11/16/2020)
NO  
Otelco, Inc. and its Subsidiaries to Future Fiber FinCo, Inc. TC 20-275 9/10/2020

DA 20-1063

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9/24/2020
(10/1/2020)
NO  
Fusion Connect, Inc. and It's Subsidiaries TC 20-44 7/30/2020

DA 20-806

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8/13/2020
(8/20/2020)
NO  
Frontier Communications Corporation, Debtor-In-Possession and Its Wholly-Owned Subsidiaries TC 20-197 7/23/2020

DA 20-782

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8/24/2020
(9/8/2020)
NO  
TAG Mobile Bankruptcy Sale Entity, LLC-Vector Holdings Group LLC TC 20-140 5/28/2020

DA 20-565

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6/11/2020
(6/18/2020)
NO  
Vanco US, LLC, Debtor-In-Possession, Vanco Solutions, Inc. And Reliance Globalcom Services, Inc. TC 20-38 2/11/2020

DA 20-149

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2/25/2020
(3/3/2020)
NO  
Ibasis, INC. - Miron Enterprises, LLC AA 19-382 1/15/2020

DA 20-72

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1/29/2020
(2/5/2020)
NO

Removed from Streamlined Treatment

2/5/2020

DA 20-129

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*Legend

Type of Transaction

Abbreviation

Acquisition of Assets

AA

Transfer of Control

TC

 

 

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Updated: 
Tuesday, October 6, 2020