We remind clients of two upcoming deadlines that your company should begin preparing for now.
Service Accessibility Compliance Certification Filing
Companies must submit their certifications to the FCC by April 1 concerning accessibility of services to the disabled. The rules apply to all telecommunications providers, as well as to providers of advanced communications services and mobile phones with web browsers. The filing must be completed via the FCC’s Recordkeeping and Compliance Certification and Contact Information Registry at https://apps.fcc.gov/rccci-registry/.
Providers must certify their compliance for calendar year 2016. Specifically, providers are to certify operating procedures have been established to:
- Document efforts to consult with individuals with disabilities;
- Document the accessibility features of products and services; and
- Record information about the compatibility of such products and services with peripheral devices or specialized customer premise equipment commonly used by individuals with disabilities to achieve access.
Certifications and contact information must be submitted for your company and for each affiliate that provides telecom services. If previously submitted contact information remains current, the 2017 submission need only include the new compliance certification. We remind clients that any updates to contact information must be made in the online registry within 30 days of the change.
Section 254(g) Interexchange Rate Integration and Rate Averaging Certification
Each non-dominant provider of detariffed interstate interexchange service must certify that it provides service in compliance with the geographic rate average and rate integration obligations pursuant to section 254(g) of the Communications Act. Geographic rate averaging prohibits a company from charging different rates for calls of similar geographic scope. Providers must certify annually by May 1 that pricing policies are not discriminatory among rural and high cost areas and that rates charged in each state are no higher than rates charged to any other state.
Clients who need assistance with these filings may contact Kim Waldvogel in the Maryland office at 301-459-7590.
Source: JSI e-Lert