Cable Landing Licenses Granted since 2016
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.

For information regarding 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), please visit Pending Submarine Cable Applications.

 

Submarine Cable Landing Licenses Granted in 2022

Granted Applications by Date of Public Notice

Name of Cable

Applicant &
IBFS File No.

Location

Grant Public Notice

1

Grace Hopper

GU Holdings Inc.

SCL-LIC-20210225-00014

Application filed for a license to construct, land, and operate a non-common carrier fiber-optic submarine cable system connecting the United States to the United Kingdom and Spain.

Grant: 1/12/2022

DA 22-44

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2

Echo

Edge Cable Holdings USA, LLC

SCL-LIC-20210329-00020

Application filed for a license to construct, land, and operate a non-common carrier fiber-optic submarine cable system connecting California, Guam, Singapore, and Indonesia.

Grant: 1/18/2022

DA 22-64

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3

Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN)

GU Holdings Inc.

SCL-LIC-20200827-00038

Application for a license to construct, land, and operate a non-common carrier fiber-optic submarine cable system connecting the United States to Taiwan and the Philippines.

Grant: 1/26/2022

DA 22-141

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4

Neutral Networks Laredo Cable

Neutral Networks USA LLC

SCL-LIC-20210930-00042

Application filed for a license to construct, land, and operate within
the United States a non-common carrier fiber-optic submarine cable network connecting Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

 

Grant: 06/16/2022

DA 22-646

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5

Hawaiian Islands Fiber Network (HIFN)

Hawaiian Telcom, Inc.

SCL-LIC-20220111-00003

Application filed for authority to renew the cable landing license for the Hawaiian Islands Fiber Network (HIFN or HIFN Cable) for an additional 25 years.  HIFN, originally licensed in 1996, is a common carrier cable system that consists of approximately 400 miles of undersea fiber that connects and provides capacity for broadband traffic between six of the Hawaiian Islands: Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and the island of Hawaii.

 

Grant: 06/16/2022

DA 22-648

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6

MTC Interisland Cable System (MICS)

PTI Pacifica Inc.

SCL-LIC-20211013-00048

Application filed for a new cable landing license to allow the continued operation of the MTC Interisland Cable System (MICS) for an additional 25-year term.  The MICS Cable, originally licensed in 1993, is a non-common carrier fiber-optic submarine cable system that connects three islands of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands - Saipan, Tinian, and Rota - with each other and to Guam.

 

Grant:  7/14/2022

DA 22-762

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7

Firmina

GU Holdings Inc.

SCL-LIC-20220422-00015

Application filed for a license to construct, land, and operate a non-common carrier fiber-optic submarine cable system connecting the United States with Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina.

 

Grant: 12/20/2022

DA 22-1357

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