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Attention: Please wait until the 2015 FCC Form 499-A is available on March 1, 2015 to report calendar year 2014 revenues.

FCC Form 499-A

The FCC Form 499-A (Annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet) reports historical annual revenue.

 

The FCC Form 499-A is used to register as a first time filer. After filing the form for the first time, telecommunications carriers file once a year (annually). The form is also used to true up universal service billings.

FCC Form 499-Q

The FCC Form 499-Q (Quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet) projects revenue for future quarters.

 

Non-de minimis telecommunications and interconnected VoIP providers must file the FCC Form 499-Q four times a year (quarterly). The form is used to calculate a telecommunications provider's monthly federal universal service program contribution obligation for the upcoming quarter.

New Filers

Companies that do not yet have a Filer ID and are new to filing the FCC Forms 499-A/Q should review the Obtain a Filer ID section of the website.

Filing the Forms

With limited exceptions, telecommunications providers must file the FCC Form 499-A by April 1 of each year. With limited exceptions, non-de minimis telecommunications providers (providers that are expected to contribute more than $10,000 annually to the federal universal service programs) are required to file the FCC Forms 499-Q on or before February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1 of each year.

For the FCC Form 499-A, downward revisions to the form must be submitted within one year of the original form due date. However, USAC may accept an upward revision at any time. The FCC Form 499-Q may be upwardly or downwardly revised within 45 days of the original form due date.

FCC Forms 499 must be received by USAC on or before the due date to be considered filed on time. When the due date for a form falls on a weekend or federal holiday, the form is due the following business day. USAC is required to assess late filing penalties when for a form that is not filed within 30 days of the due date.

To file your form, go to the E-File system.

Why File?

The FCC's rules require that upon entry or anticipated entry into telecommunications markets, a telecommunications provider must register by submitting revenue information on the FCC Form 499-A. The data from the form is shared with the administrators of the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS), the Local Number Portability (LNP), and the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) funds, as well as the FCC for the assessment of other fees and obligations.

It is not sufficient to file only the current period FCC Form 499-A and 499-Q if a telecommunications provider generated telecommunications revenue prior to the current reporting period.

Telecommunications carriers must file an FCC Form 499-A for all prior periods of telecommunications revenue that have not yet been reported. When USAC notifies your company of its new Filer ID, the email will include instructions on any prior period forms that must be filed.