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

Montrose Mutual Telephone Company and Montrose Mutual Long Distance, Inc.-Wabash Independent Networks, Inc. TC 18-128 5/14/2018

DA 18-492

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5/29/2018
(6/5/2018)
NO  
iBasis, Inc.-Tofane Global SAS  TC 18-136 5/11/2018

DA 18-480

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5/25/2018
(6/1/2018)
YES  
Husker One, L.L.C.-FMTC-SWT, Inc TC 18-116 5/4/2018

DA 18-459

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5/17/2018
(5/24/2018)
YES  
Sunset Digital Communications, Inc. TC 18-98 4/25/2018

DA 18-420

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5/9/2018
(5/16/2018)
YES  
Telephone Everstream Solutions LLC, Everstream GLC Holding Company LLC, and Lynx Network Group, Inc.-Midwest Fiber Acquisition LLC TC 18-93 4/10/2018

DA 18-355

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4/24/2018
(5/1/2018)
NO

REMOVED FROM STREAMLINE TREATMENT

5/4/2018

DA 18-463

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Tri-County Telephone Membership Corporation-Wilkes Telephone Membership Corporation

TC 18-95 4/6/2018

DA 18-348

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4/20/2018
(4/27/2018)
NO  

Ellerbe Telephone Company, Inc-

RiverStreet Management Services, LLC 
TC 18-94 4/6/2018

DA 18-347

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4/20/2018
(4/27/2018)
NO  
FirstLight-Flight Group Holdings LP TC 18-83 3/26/2018

DA 18-300

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4/9/2018
(4/16/2018)
NO

REMOVED FROM STREAMLINE TREATMENT

4/16/2018

DA 18-382

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Scott-Rice Telephone Co.-Allstream Business US, LLC-New Ulm Telecom Inc. TC 18-68 3/14/2018

DA 18-250

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3/28/2018
(4/4/2018)
NO  
ComSouth Corporation-Hargray Communications Group, Inc.  TC 18-52 2/27/2018

DA 18-195

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3/12/2018
(3/19/2018)
NO  
Horizon Telcom, Inc-Horizon Acquisition Parent, LLC TC 18-17 2/7/2018

DA 18-117

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2/21/2018
(2/28/2018)
NO

REMOVED FROM STREAMLINE TREATMENT

3/8/2018

DA 18-224

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Peoples Mutual Telephone Company and Peoples Mutual Long Distance Company-RiverStreet Management Services, LLC  

TC 17-365 1/16/2018

DA 18-48

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1/30/2018
(2/6/2018)
NO  

YMAX Communications Corp.-B. Riley Financial, Inc.

TC 17-356 12/20/2017

DA 17-1230

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1/3/2018
(1/10/2018)
NO

REMOVED FROM STREAMLINE TREATMENT

1/22/2018

DA 18-61

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Hawaiian Telcom, Inc., Hawaiian Telcom Services Company, Inc.-Wavecom Solutions Corporation-Cincinnati Bell Inc.

TC 17-207 8/29/2017

DA 17-812

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9/28/2017
(10/13/2017)
NO  

Global Connection Inc. of America-Tele Circuit Network Corporation

AA 17-170 7/13/2017

DA 17-674

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7/27/2017
(8/3/2017)
NO  
Westphalia Telephone Company-Westphalia Broadband, Inc.-Chapin Communications Corporation TC 17-101 5/12/2017

DA 17-457

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5/26/2017
(6/2/2017)
NO  

Global Connection Inc. of America-Odin Mobile, LLC

TC 17-54 3/15/2017

DA 17-253

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3/29/2017
(4/5/2017)
NO

REMOVED FROM STREAMLINE TREATMENT

3/30/2017

DA 17-304

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*Legend

Type of Transaction

Abbreviation

Acquisition of Assets

AA

Transfer of Control

TC

 

 

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Updated: 
Friday, June 9, 2017