FCC Enables Carriers to Replace Paper Filings with Online Filings
In June 2010, the Commission launched the Data Innovation Initiative to continue to modernize and streamline how the Commission collects, uses, and disseminates data. As part of that initiative, as well as an agency-wide transition from paper to electronic filing, this Report and Order enables all tariff filers to file tariffs electronically over the Internet, using the Electronic Tariff Filing System (ETFS). Currently, only incumbent local exchange carriers (LECs) file their tariffs and associated documents using the ETFS. The ETFS has improved the usefulness of tariff filings for filers, the public, and the Commission. ETFS reduces the burden of filing tariffs for small carriers and allows them to save many of the costs associated with manual filing. Electronic filing also will create a more open, transparent and efficient flow of information to the public. It will benefit the public, carriers, and the Commission by creating a uniform system that provides online access to all carrier tariffs filed with the Commission.