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

Securus Technologies, Inc.-T-NETIX, Inc.-T-NETIX Telecommunications Services,Inc.

SCRS Acquisition Corporation
TC 17-126 5/23/2017

DA 17-500

Word | PDF
6/6/2017
(6/13/2017)
YES  

The Subsidiaries of General Communication, Inc.-GCI Liberty, Inc.

TC 17-114 5/19/2017

DA 17-492

Word | PDF
6/19/2017
(7/5/2017)
YES  

Southern Light, LLC-Uniti Group Inc.

TC 17-99 5/16/2017

DA 17-474

Word | PDF
5/30/2017
(6/6/2017)
YES  

Broadview Networks Holdings, Inc.-Windstream Holdings, Inc.

TC 17-110 5/12/2017

DA 17-461

Word | PDF
5/26/2017
(6/2/2017)
NO  
Westphalia Telephone Company-Westphalia Broadband, Inc.-Chapin Communications Corporation TC 17-101 5/12/2017

DA 17-457

Word | PDF
5/26/2017
(6/2/2017)
NO  

Legacy Long Distance International, Inc. d/b/a Legacy Inmate Communications-Jail Education Solutions, Inc. d/b/a Edovo

TC 17-113 5/9/2017

DA 17-439

Word | PDF
5/23/2017
(5/30/2017)
YES  

Licensees of Rockefeller Group International, Inc-ConvergeOne, Inc.

TC 17-100 4/25/2017

DA 17-391

Word | PDF
5/9/2017
(5/16/2017)
YES  

Lumos Networks Corp.-MTN Infrastructure TOPCO, Inc.

TC 17-60 3/30/2017

DA 17-303

Word | PDF

4/13/2017
(4/20/2017)
NO  

Finger Lakes Technologies, Inc.-OHCP Northeastern Fiber Buyer, Inc.

TC 17-66 3/23/2017

DA 17-278

Word | PDF

4/6/2017
(4/13/2017)
NO  

Global Connection Inc. of America-Odin Mobile, LLC

TC 17-54 3/15/2017

DA 17-253

Word | PDF

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

REMOVED FROM STREAMLINE TREATMENT

3/30/2017

DA 17-304

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Teleguam Holdings, LLC-Forager Holdings Corp.

TC 17-46 2/28/2017

DA 17-201

Word | PDF

3/30/2017
(4/14/2017)
NO  
1 800 COLLECT, Inc-18C, LLC AA 16-275 9/23/2016

DA 16-1082

Word | PDF
10/7/2016
(10/14//2016)
NO

REMOVED FROM STREAMLINE TREATMENT

10/13/2016

DA 16-1172

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*Legend

Type of Transaction

Abbreviation

Acquisition of Assets

AA

Transfer of Control

TC

 

 

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Updated: 
Thursday, January 5, 2017