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When a wireline or wireless telecommunications company files a petition directly with the FCC, it must provide copies of its petition to the affected state utility regulator at the same time. The FCC will release a public notice establishing a pleading cycle for comments on the petition. Based on the evidence in the record, the FCC will first make a jurisdictional determination. If the FCC determines that the state regulator lacks jurisdiction, it will decide the merits of the request within six months of the jurisdictional decision. If the company fails to meet its burden of proof that it is not subject to the state regulator's jurisdiction, the FCC will dismiss the request and direct the company to seek eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) designation from its state utility regulator.
The FCC adopted requirements for ETCs (FCC 05-46, released March 17, 2005; "ETC Order") that are designated by the FCC including new reporting requirements. An ETC that is designated by the FCC must:
In the ETC Order, the FCC also encouraged state commissions to adopt similar requirements. Check with your state commission to see if there is a proceeding underway or whether the commission has adopted similar requirements. See Sections 54.202 and 54.209 of the FCC's rules for more details about being designated as an ETC by the FCC.