The FCC released a Public Notice today notifying incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) that this year’s study area boundary recertification deadline has been extended from May 26 to June 30 (see JSI’s May 9 e-Lert). Additionally, as explained in more detail below, the FCC is streamlining the recertification process. All ILECs will have to recertify their own boundaries, except for those in states where the state commission submitted study areas on behalf of all of the state’s ILECs.
The FCC outlined the process for recertification, which begins by visiting the FCC’s study area boundary map and confirming that your company’s boundaries are correct. If they are correct, you can proceed with recertification at a new location than the previous recertification and map submission site. You simply click on ‘Study Area,’ then sign in with your FRN and password. The FCC has created a tip sheet with step-by-step instructions for completing the streamlined recertification.
If you find that your boundaries have changed in the last two years, or you notice errors that were not previously corrected, you will need to revise and resubmit your study area boundary shapefile map using the previous process.
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