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2017 FCC Form 499-A* was due on
Monday, April 3.

Late fees now apply.
* for reporting calendar year
2016 revenue

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4/5/2017498/499 Spotlight Newsletter 2Q2017 Issued

The Second Quarter 2017 498/499 Spotlight newsletter is now available. The 498/499 Spotlight newsletter is designed to provide important, up-to-date information about the FCC Form 498 and FCC Form 499 including news, deadlines, and filing best practices for service providers. 

To sign up to receive the 498/499 Spotlight newsletter via email, visit the subscription center.

3/1/20172017 FCC Form 499-A Now Available in E-File

The 2017 FCC Form 499-A (Annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet) is now available in E-File, USAC's online filing system. The form is due Monday, April 3, 2017.

FCC rules require all providers of telecommunications, including universal service fund de minimis exempt companies, to file 2017 FCC Form 499-A to report revenue data for the period of January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016.

Visit our What and How to File page to learn more, view the FCC Form 499-A online user guide, or sign up for webinar training.

Late Filing Fees
Even if you are a de minimis company, filing FCC Form 499-A after the due date or failing to file will result in late filing fees imposed by the universal service fund as well as each of the funds named below. 

The universal service fund late filing fees of the greater of $100 per month or the U.S. prime rate plus 3.5 percent of the filer's monthly obligation (FCC 07-150). Each of the funds named below can impose their own late filing fees based on their own billing practices as well. 

Important Billing Information
The 12-month 2016 revenue data that will be reported on the 2017 FCC Form 499-A will be used to calculate the filing entity's contribution amount for the following funds:

  • Federal Universal Service Fund
    • True up of the previously filed quarterly FCC Form 499-Q submissions
  • Local Number Portability (LNP) Fund
    • Contributions for July 2017 - June 2018
  • North American Number Plan (NANP) Fund
    • Contributions for July 2017 - June 2018
  • Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Fund
    • Contributions for July 20167- June 2018

Please review Table 1 of the Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet Instructions for a summary of which telecommunications providers are required to contribute to which support mechanisms.

How to File
On February 9, 2017, the FCC released a Public Notice (DA 17-161) announcing the release of the 2017 FCC Form 499-A and instructions, which are available on the Contributor Forms page.

To file FCC Form 499-A online, follow these steps:

  1. On the Contributors home page, navigate to E-File and select the blue "E-File" button in the middle of the screen.
  2. Log in with your user ID and password.
    • If you forgot your password, click the "Forgot Password" button to reset it.
  3. Once you are logged in to the E-File system, click "Create New Form" in the top of the left-hand menu.
  4. On the "Form 499-Create New Form" page: 
    • Select "FCC Form 499-A for April 2017" as your filing.
    • Type in your Filer ID.
    • Click "Submit."
  5. A new 2017 FCC Form 499-A will open that you can fill out and submit online.

More Information
Visit the Contributors Filers’ Process Overview page for more information, including who must file, when to file, what and how to file, how to make revisions, and details about late payments, DCIA, and Red Light.

Webinar Training Available
USAC invites all intrastate, interstate, and international providers of telecommunications services (including de minimis filers) to join us for a webinar about FCC Form 499-A, the Annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet.

This year, we are offering four webinars, each tailored to a specific audience. Based on your primary line of telecommunications service, please select the webinar that best fits your needs. Each webinar will cover the same general information about filing the FCC Form 499-A, so there is no need to attend more than one.

  • Webinar Series – Filing FCC Form 499-A @ 2:00-3:30 PM ET
    • Monday, March 6, 2017: for Wireline Local & Long Distance Companies *
    • Thursday, March 9, 2017: for VoIP Service Providers
    • Wednesday, March 15, 2017: for Mobile Service Providers (including paging and SMR)
    • Thursday, March 16, 2017: for All Other Services

Registration is available on the Contributors Trainings & Outreach page. All events are offered free of charge. These events will be recorded and posted to the Online Learning Library.

* Please note: The title of the first webinar has changed.