Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC)

  • To obtain ETC designation, please follow instructions in this resolution: Resolution T-17002 
  • To obtain annual certification as ETC eligible to receive federal high-cost and/or low income support, please follow annual reporting requirements in this resolution: Resolution T-17002  


Annual FCC Form 481 Filing 

The FCC adopted annual reporting requirements for ETCs – see Part 54.313(i) for high-cost recipients and Part 54.422(c) for low-income recipients.

The Form 481 annual report that is required to be filed with the FCC must be filed concurrently with the CPUC’s Communications Division. Please provide a hard copy and a compact disc of the reports provided to the FCC. If these reports are considered confidential by the FCC, you may request confidential treatment of these reports pursuant to Public Utilities Code § 583 and General Order 66-C. 

Submit these to:

California Public Utilities Commission

Communications Division/ETC Section

505 Van Ness Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94102


Annual Use Certification for Federal High-Cost Support, § 54.314 

Due by September 15 

Pursuant to Part 54.314, ETCs must be State certified to receive High Cost Program support. Communications Division completes the certification to the USAC and the FCC.

ETCs seeking State certification to be eligible to receive federal high-cost support for the next program year must file a Tier 2 Advice Letter with the supporting documentation by September 15 so that staff can complete state certification to USAC and the FCC by the October 1 deadline. The Subject of Filing should indicate Federal High-Cost Support Annual Use Certification, § 54.314.

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