FCC Record, Volume 27, No. 3, Pages 1878 to 2785, February 21 - March 16, 2012 Page: 1,882
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carrier that seeks Section 214 authority "for provision of common carrier communication services
between the United States, its territories or possessions, and a foreign point" to request such authority by
application.8 The application requirement applies to carriers that provide facilities-based service or that
resell the service of another authorized carrier.'
4. The Commission has been charged by Congress to establish, administer and maintain
various telecommunications regulatory programs, and to fund these programs through assessments on the
telecommunications providers that benefit from them. To accomplish these goals, the Commission
established "a central repository of key facts about carriers" through which it monitors the entry and
operation of interstate telecommunications providers to ensure, among other things, that they are qualified
to provide telecommunications service, do not engage in fraud, and do not evade oversight." The Rules
require that upon entry or anticipated entry into interstate telecommunications markets,
telecommunications carriers register by submitting information on FCC Form 499-A, also known as the
Annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet (Annual Worksheet or Form 499-A)."
5. Section 225(b)(1) of the Act, which codifies Title IV of the Americans with Disabilities
Act of 1990, directs the Commission to "ensure that interstate and intrastate telecommunications relay
services are available, to the extent possible and in the most efficient manner, to hearing-impaired and
speech-impaired individuals in the United States."'2 To that end, the Commission established the TRS
Fund to reimburse TRS providers for the costs of providing interstate telecommunications relay
services." Pursuant to Section 64.604(c)(5)(iii)(A) of the Rules, every provider of interstate
telecommunications services must contribute to the TRS Fund based upon its end-user revenues.'4
6. StanaCard, a Delaware limited liability company, is a resale provider primarily of
international pre-paid telecommunications services. On August 20, 2009, StanaCard disclosed to the
Bureau that it apparently had failed to comply with Sections 214 of the Actis and Sections 63.18 and
64.1195(a) of the Rules'6 because it had failed to obtain authorization for the provision of international
9 47 C.F.R. 63.18.
9 Id. 63.18(e)(1)-(2).
1o See Implementation of the Subscriber Carrier Selection Changes Provisions of the Telecommunications Act of
1996. Third Report and Order and Second Order on Reconsideration, 15 FCC Red 15996. 16024-26. paras. 59-62
(2000) (Carrier Selection Order).
" 47 C.F.R. 64.1195. See also FC('C Form 499-fA Telecomnmunicatiotns Reporting Worksheet - Annual Filing.
available at http://transition.fcc.gov/Forms/Form499-A/499a-2008.pdf (February 2008).
12 47 U.S.C. 225(b)(I).
3" See 'elecommunications Relay Services and the .Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Third Report and Order,
8 FCC Red 5300, 5301, para. 7 (1993). Telecommunications relay services enable persons with hearing and speech
disabilities to communicate by telephone with voice-telephone users. Such services provide telephone access to a
significant number of Americans who, without it, might not be able to make calls to or receive calls from voice-
telephone users. See Telecommunications Relay Services and Speech-to-Speech Services for Individuals with
Hearing and Speech Disabilities, Report and Order. 15 FCC Rcd 5140. 5143 5 (2000). See also
64.601 (a)(21 )(definition of'"telecommunications relay ser ices").
'4 47 C.F.R. 64.604(c)(5)(iii)(A).
' 47 U;.S.C. 214. 225.
1647 C.F.R. 63.18, 64.604(c)(5)(iii)(A), 64.1 195(a).
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