Submarine Cable Landing License Applications

To land or operate a submarine cable in the United States, submarine cable operators must obtain a cable landing license from the FCC.  The FCC’s International Bureau, Telecommunications and Analysis Division (TAD) issues licenses to own and operate submarine cables and associated landing stations in the United States pursuant to the Commission’s authority under the Cable Landing License Act of 1921 and Executive Order No. 10530.  Before granting the application, the FCC coordinates with the Department of State and any other agencies, as needed.

As of June 2020, we have 11 pending new submarine cable landing license or renewal applications.  The applications listed in the table, “Pending Applications for Submarine Cable Landing License,” are pending applications for new cable landing licenses or renewals that the International Bureau has reviewed and placed on the Accepted for Filing Public Notice (AFF PN).  The applications listed in this table do not include modifications and transfers or assignments of existing cable landing licenses.

 

Pending Applications for Submarine Cable Landing License

Pending Applications by Date of Public Notice

Name of Cable

Applicant &
IBFS File No.

Location

Accepted for Filing Public Notice

1

Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN)

GU Holdings Inc.

SCL-LIC-20170421-00012

SCL-AMD-20171227-00025

Application for a license to land and operate a non-common carrier fiber-optic submarine cable between the continental United States, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Philippines.

11/1/17

Report No. SCL-00204S

1/22/18

Report No. SCL-00208S

2

JUPITER

NTT America, Inc.

SCL-LIC-20180517-00012

Application filed for a license to land and operate within the United States a non-common carrier fiber-optic submarine cable system connecting Hermosa Beach, California; Cloverdale, Oregon; Maruyama and Shima, Japan; and Daet, the Philippines.

8/8/18

Report No. SCL-00219S

3

Hong Kong-Americas (HKA)

Edge Cable Holdings USA, LLC

SCL-LIC-20180711-00018

Application filed for a license to land and operate a non-common carrier fiber-optic submarine cable network connecting Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Manchester and Hermosa Beach, California, the Hong Kong-Americas (HKA) system.

8/23/18

Report No. SCL-00223S

4

Taino-Carib Cable System

AT&T Corp.

SCL-LIC-20180702-00019

Application filed for a license to renew the authority for the Taino-Carib Cable System for an additional 25-year term.

9/4/18

Report No. SCL-00225NS

5

Japan-Guam-Australia (JGA) North

RTI Solutions, Inc.

SCL-LIC-20181106-00035

Application filed for a license to land and operate within the United States a non-common carrier fiber-optic submarine cable network connecting Guam and Japan, the Japan-Guam-Australia (JGA) North system (JGA North).

11/16/18

Report No. SCL-00228S

6

Bay to Bay Express Cable System (BtoBE)

Edge Cable Holdings USA, LLC
SCL-LIC-20181125-00037

Application filed for a license to land and operate within the United States a non-common carrier fiber-optic submarine cable system connecting Grover Beach, California; Changi, Singapore; Chung Hom Kok, Hong Kong SAR; and Cherating, Malaysia.

12/26/18

Report No. SCL-00232S

7

Americas I Cable System

AT&T Corp.

SCL-LIC-20190326-00009

Application filed for a new cable landing license to allow the continued operation of the Americas I Cable System for an additional 25-year term following the expiration of the current license on September 1, 2019.

5/21/19

Report No. SCL-00241S

8

Columbus II Cable System

AT&T Corp.

SCL-LIC-20190326-00010

Application filed for a new cable landing license to allow the continued operation of the Columbus II Cable System for an additional 25-year term following the expiration of the current license on October 1, 2019

5/22/19

Report No. SCL-00242S

9

Japan-Guam-Australia (JGA) South

GU Holdings Inc.

SCL-LIC-20190502-00016

Application filed for a license to construct, land, and operate a non-common carrier fiber-optic submarine cable system connecting Guam and Australia, the Japan-Guam-Australia (JGA) South system.

6/21/19

Report No. SCL-00244S

10

Southern Cross NEXT

Pacific Carriage Limited Inc.

SCL-LIC-20190809-00026

Application filed for a license to land and operate a non-common carrier fiber optic submarine cable extending from Australia to the United States, with branching units to New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Tokelau, and Kiribati.

8/30/19

Report No. SCL-00248S

11

Hong Kong-Guam (HK-G)

RTI Solutions, Inc.

SCL-LIC-20191122-00037

Application for a license to land and operate within the United States a non-common carrier fiber-optic submarine cable network connecting Hong Kong and Guam.

12/27/19

Report No. SCL-00256S

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