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

Accessline Communications Corporation TC 16-298 9/29/2016

DA 16-1108

Word | PDF
10/13/2016
(10/20//2016)
YES  

Oklahoma Western Telephone Company-Hilliary Acquisition Corp. 2016, LLC

TC 16-277 9/28/2016

DA 16-1101

Word | PDF
10/12/2016
(10/19//2016)
YES  

ATN International, Inc.,Sovernet, Inc., ION Holdco, LLC, Sovernet Fiber Corp., and National Mobile Communications Corporation -OHCP Northeastern Fiber Buyer, Inc.

TC 16-266 9/28/2016

DA 16-1100

Word | PDF
10/12/2016
(10/19//2016)
NO  
1 800 COLLECT, Inc-18C, LLC AA 16-275 9/23/2016

DA 16-1082

Word | PDF
10/7/2016
(10/14//2016)
YES  

RCN Telecom Services, LLC and Grande Communications Networks LLC-Radiate Holdings, L.P.

TC 16-276 9/21/2016

DA 16-1070

Word | PDF
10/21/2016
(11/7//2016)
YES  
Blue Sky Network, LLC-BSN Buyer, LLC AA 16-278 9/15/2016

DA 16-1043

Word | PDF
9/29/2016
(10/6//2016)
YES  
Unite Private Networks, LLC and Unite Private Networks-Illinois, LLC-Cox Communications, Inc. TC 16-241 9/02/2016

DA 16-1008

Word | PDF
9/16/2016
(9/23//2016)
NO  
Millry Corporation TC 16-260 8/31/2016

DA 16-994

Word | PDF
9/14/2016
(9/21//2016)
YES  
Citrix Communications LLC, Citrix Online Audio LLC-Grasshopper Group LLC-Logmein, Inc. TC 16-256 8/30/2016

DA 16-991

Word | PDF
9/13/2016
(9/20//2016)
YES  
TerraCom, Inc.-Global Reconnect, Inc. TC 16-268 8/24/2016

DA 16-967

Word | PDF
9/7/2016
(9/14//2016)
NO  

Oxford Networks Holdings, Inc.-OHCP Northeastern Fiber Buyers, Inc.

TC 16-222 7/14/2016

DA 16-799

Word | PDF
7/28/2016
(8/4//2016)
NO  
Call Catcher Inc. d/b/a FreedomVoice-GoDaddy Operating Co., LLC  TC 16-171 6/14/2016

DA 16-655

Word | PDF

6/28/2016
(7/5/2016)
NO

REMOVED FROM STREAMLINE TREATMENT

7/7/2016

 

DA 16-781

Word | PDF

XO-Verizon
 
TC 16-70 4/12/16

DA 16-393

Word | PDF
 
5/12/2016
(5/27/2016)
NO  
SIPStation-Rockbochs Inc. TC 16-11 2/18/16

DA 16-177

Word | PDF

3/3/2016
(3/10/2016)
NO  
WOW-Crestview TC 16-12 1/27/16

DA 16-91

Word | PDF

2/10/2016
(2/17/2016)
NO

REMOVED FROM STREAMLINE TREATMENT

2/22/2015

 

DA 16-186

Word | PDF

Telecom North-G3 AA 16-1 1/8/16

DA 16-20

Word | PDF

1/22/2016
(1/29/2016)
NO

REMOVED FROM STREAMLINE TREATMENT

1/29/2016

 

DA 16-108

Word | PDF

 
 

*Legend

Type of Transaction

Abbreviation

Acquisition of Assets

AA

Transfer of Control

TC

 

 

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