On Friday, October 1, 2021, the Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice announcing the release of the 2022 annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheets and accompanying instructions. FCC Form 499-A and its instructions are to be used in 2022 to report 2021 revenues, and FCC Form 499-Q and its instructions are to be used in 2022 to report projected and collected revenues on a quarterly basis. The Public Notice also notes updates to the Form 499-A instructions, including the following clarifications:
- That a de minimis provider may still have an indirect contribution obligation through Universal Service Fund (USF) pass-through fees assessed by an underlying wholesale provider;
- That even if systems integrators do not have a USF contribution obligation, they may have an obligation to file the Form 499-A if they have an obligation to contribute to other support mechanisms;
- That reseller certifications must be signed by an employee of the customer rather than a third-party representative or consultant;
- How filers should report good-faith estimates of interstate and international revenues, consistent with USAC’s E-file system configuration requirements, which does not support figures reported in percentages; and
- Several updates to line reporting requirements including where to report revenues received as support from the federal or state governments and charges identified on bills as recovering contributions to state universal service funds, among other things.
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