Calendar Year 2018 Estimated De Minimis Threshold Released for FCC Form 499-A

FCC Form 499 filers be advised that USAC recently released the Calendar Year 2018 estimated de minimis threshold.  According to USAC, filers that report less than $62,655.75 of combined interstate and international telecommunications revenue (Line 423, columns (d) and (e)) on the 2018 FCC Form 499-A will likely be considered de minimis for Calendar Year 2018.

As we move to the close of the calendar year, FCC Form 499-A filers should keep the estimated threshold in mind.  This is particularly true for filers who originally anticipated being de minimis but now determine they may exceed the estimated de minimis threshold.  Such filers will be assessed true up charges by USAC on their July 2019, August 2019, and September 2019 invoices.  In addition, resellers who are no longer de minimis will need to notify their underlying carriers of their non de minimis status so that their underlying carriers can adjust their own 2018 FCC Form 499-A reporting and make any necessary internal billing adjustments.

Additional information regarding the announcement can be found here: Estimated De Minimis Threshold Announcement.

USF Fund Transferred to Treasury – How It Impacts Contributors and Beneficiaries!

Be advised that the federal Universal Service Fund (USF) has transferred to the U.S. Treasury. 

Important changes for contributors include: 

  • The USAC April 2018 invoice (due May 15, 2018) may be paid using your current payment process or E-File.
  • The USAC May 2018 invoice (due June 15, 2018) must be paid using E-File.
  • Beginning with the May 2018 invoice (due June 15, 2018), USAC will no longer accept checks or wire transfers.
  • There are video tutorials on the USAC website and scheduled USAC training webinars to help contributors learn about the new payment system. 

There are no changes for USF Beneficiaries.  Disbursements will come from the U.S. Treasury, will continue to be made via ACH transfers, and will continue to be identified as coming from USAC.  

Additional information about the transfer can be found here: USF Transfer.

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