Majority of FCC’s New Rural Call Completion Rules Effective October 19

The FCC issued a notice in the Federal Register on September 19, 2018, publishing the August 15, 2018 Rural Call Completion Order that adopted rules to:

  1. establish a registry for intermediate providers;
  2. require intermediate providers to register with the Commission before offering to transmit covered voice communications;
  3. require covered providers to use only registered intermediate providers to transmit covered voice communications; and
  4. require covered providers to maintain the capability to disclose the identities of any intermediate providers relied on in the call path to the Commission.

The rules are effective October 19, 2018, except for 64.2115, which requires OMB approval.

An overview analysis of the FCC’s rural call completion rules is available here:

FCC Strengthens and Beefs Up Enforcement of Rural Call Completion Rules; Least Cost Routing Carriers BEWARE!

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