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

IPC Network Services, Inc.,CCP II FINCO LLC-Hummingbird Circle, LLC TC 21-436 11/24/2021

DA 21-1473

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12/8/2021
(12/15/2021)
NO  
Network Innovations, Inc.-NI Topco, Inc. TC 21-441 11/23/2021

DA 21-1469

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12/7/2021
(12/14/2021)
YES  
Peerless Network, Inc-Openmarket Inc. TC 21-434 11/19/2021

DA 21-1460

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12/3/2021
(12/10/2021)
NO  
Hargray of Florida, Inc., Hargray of Georgia, Inc.-Delta Communications, L.L.C.-NewCo TC 21-431 11/17/2021

DA 21-1445

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12/1/2021
(12/8/2021)
YES  
Plant Telephone Company-Worth Telecoms Holdings, LLC TC 21-432 11/17/2021

DA 21-1443

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12/1/2021
(12/8/2021)
NO  
Global Communication Networks, Inc.-Upstack Global LLC AA 21-433 11/16/2021

DA 21-1438

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11/30/2021
(12/7/2021)
YES  
Cherokee Telephone Company-AtLink Services, LLC TC 21-423 11/16/2021

DA 21-1437

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11/30/2021
(12/7/2021)
NO  
Consolidated Communications Of Ohio Company, LLC-Hanson Communications of Ohio, LLC AA 21-399 11/10/2021

DA 21-1416

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11/24/2021
(12/1/2021)
NO  
Midstate Telephone Company LLC-Midstate Communications, Inc.-Reservation Telephone Cooperative TC 21-424 11/10/2021

DA 21-1411

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11/24/2021
(12/1/2021)
YES  
Stratus Networks, Inc.-Saturn Acquisition Company, Inc. TC 21-419 11/9/2021

DA 21-1407

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11/23/2021
(11/30/2021)
YES  
Aspire Networks 1, LLC- ITC Broadband Operating, LLC TC 21-415 11/5/2021

DA 21-1391

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11/19/2021
(11/26/2021)
NO  
Union Telephone Company and Union Information Systems, LLC-Amherst Telephone Company TC 21-412 11/4/2021

DA 21-1382

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11/18/2021
(11/26/2021)
YES  
Troy Cablevision, Inc., and Union Springs Telephone Company, Inc.-Telapex, Inc. TC 21-411 11/4/2021

DA 21-1381

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11/18/2021
(11/26/2021)
NO  
Broadband VI, LLC to Liberty Mobile USVI, Inc. TC 21-386 10/22/2021

DA 21-1329

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11/5/2021
(11/12/2021)
NO  
Global Crossing Americas Solutions, LLC, CenturyLink Latin American Solutions, LLC, and Level 3 Communications St. Croix, Inc.-Patagonia Holdco LLC, and for Grant of International Section 214 Authority to CenturyLink Latin American Solutions, LLC TC 21-340 9/24/2021

DA 21-1204

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10/8/2021
(10/15/2021)
NO  
All Points Northern Neck LLC-Searchlight TYP Holdco, LLC TC 21-335 9/2/2021

DA 21-1094

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9/16/2021
(9/23/2021
NO  
Echo Wireless Broadband, Inc.- Resound Networks, LLC  TC 21-277 7/14/2021

DA 21-829

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7/28/2021
(8/4/2021)
NO  
 
 

*Legend

Type of Transaction

Abbreviation

Acquisition of Assets

AA

Transfer of Control

TC

 

 

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