FCC Record, Volume 1, No. 7, Pages 1267 to 1368, December 22, 1986 - January 2, 1987 Page: 1,350
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estimating growth trends for various international telecommunications
services and conducting market structure
studies of the international telecommunications industry,
the monthly data are almost never used because the
reports do not contain sufficient detail and are too highly
10. Although we are convinced that the carrier's
monthly reporting burden is minimal, we are not so sure
that the reporting process is a well assimilated part of
their activities. For instance, at the time the initial comments
were filed, October 15, 1986, only Western Union
was current with its monthly filings. All of the IRC
reports were between one and four months' overdue.
Individual carriers have tried to persuade us to force
other carriers to file on time when they themselves are
late. Based upon requests for information, it seems that
the carriers are more concerned with their competitors'
reports than with themselves meeting filing deadlines.
11. Eliminating the Form 903 and 905 does not preclude
us from directing the affected carriers to file detailed
information should the need arise. We believe that
most of our needs for data are adequately met with the
annual reports filed by these carriers. When necessary,
special data requests can be tailored to specific needs.
Since there is no ongoing need for monthly data, special
studies will eliminate the need for all radiotelegraph,
ocean-cable and wire-telegraph carriers to submit monthly
reports. This will not only reduce the costs to the
carriers, it will also reduce this Commission's costs.
12. This decision follows several recent Commission
decisions minimizing regulatory burdens. In Elimination
of Form P, Annual Report of Miscellaneous Common
Carriers; Amendment of Annual Report of Licensees in
Public Mobile Radio Services; and Amendment of Section
43.61 of the Commission's Rules to Update and Simplify
the Required Traffic Reports filed by International Telecommunications
Carriers, this Commission found Form
P. Form L and the semi-annual traffic reports to be
unnecessary regulatory burdens and eliminated them.8
Finally, in International Competitive Carrier Policies. we
determined, inter alia, that all carriers filing Forms 903
and 905 are non-dominant and we streamlined certain
tariff and facility licensing regulations for these carriers.9
13. In summary, we conclude that the costs of collecting
monthly data from all radiotelegraph, ocean-cable and
wire-telegraph carriers outweigh the benefits derived from
its availability to this Commission. To the extent that such
data are needed by the carriers, private voluntary collection
can be established. For these reasons, we are also
rejecting the IRCs proposal to establish a new quarterly
reporting requirement if we decided to eliminate the
14. The decision contained herein has been analyzed
with respect to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980 and
found to reduce information collection requirements on
the public. OMB approval is not required because fewer
than ten carriers submit Form 903 and 905.10
15. In compliance with the provisions of Section 605(b)
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 605(b). we
certify that the elimination of the reporting of radiotelegraph,
ocean-cable, and wire telegraph carriers on monthly
Forms 903 and 905 will not have a significant economic
impact on a substantial number of small entities and will
ease the recordkeeping and reporting requirement of
these carriers. According to the affected carriers, this
reporting requirement imposes a minor reporting burden.
Therefore, its cost is minimal. Additionally, most entities
reporting this data are large companies. The rationale for
the elimination is outlined in the above discussion.
16. IT IS ORDERED, That pursuant to the provisions
of Section 4(i), 219, 403 and 404 of the Communications
Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 154(i), 219, 403
and 404, FCC Form 903 and Form 905, Monthly Reports
of Radiotelegraph, Ocean-Cable and Wire-Telegraph carriers,
are eliminated, effective with the monthly reports
for calendar year 1987.
17. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, That Part 1 and Part
43 of the FCC Rules and Regulations are amended as set
forth in the Appendix below effective March 31, 1987.
18. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, That this proceeding
is hereby terminated.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
William J. Tricarico
Parts 1 and 43 of the Code of Federal Regulations are
amended as follows:
1. Authority citation for Part 1 continues to read:
Authority: Secs. 4, 303, 48 Stat. 1066, 1082, as amended;
47 U.S.C. 154, 303; Implement, 5 U.S.C. 552, unless
2. Section 1.786(a) is revised to read as follows:
(a) Monthly reports of revenues, expenses, and other
items shall be filed by carriers as required by Part
43 of this chapter on the following:
FCC Report 901-Telephone.
3. Authority citation for Part 43 continues to read:
Authority: Section 4, 48 Stat. 1066, as amended; 47 U.S.C.
154, unless otherwise noted. Interpret or apply Secs. 211,
219, 48 Stat. 1073, 1077, as amended; 47 U.S.C. 211, 219,
4. Section 43.31(a) is revised to read as follows:
(a) Each telephone common carrier which had operating
revenues for the preceding year in excess of
$1QO million shall file with the Commission within
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