FCC rules require USAC to estimate revenue for all active companies that fail to file the FCC Forms 499-A/Q (Annual and Quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheets). Estimated revenue is handed off to the fund administrators to assess fees and obligations in the same manner as data filed on actual forms.
If a company files an FCC Form 499 A/Q after USAC has generated an estimate, that filed form will be treated under the same process as a revision, and may be rejected if it is submitted after the revision window has closed.
As FCC Form 499-Q filings are required only for companies that are non-de minimis, USAC will attempt to notify companies for whom an estimate would result in a change in status from de minimis to non-de minimis status. These attempts to notify companies are designed to give them the opportunity to file their own information so that the resulting billings will be as accurate as possible. Any failure by USAC to notify a company under these terms does not constitute a basis for that company to dispute USAC estimates or billings.