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Tariffs contain the rates, terms and conditions of certain services provided by telecommunications carriers. The most common tariff filed at the FCC is for interstate local access service. These tariffs are filed by local exchange carriers, or LECs.
Long-distance companies and others pay the rates set out in these tariffs to LECs for access to local networks at the originating and/or terminating ends of a long-distance call. Access services include:
Carriers do not file tariffs for local and intrastate service with the FCC, because the FCC’s regulations govern only interstate and international services. Except in very limited circumstances, long-distance companies are not permitted to file tariffs for long-distance service because the FCC has determined that the long-distance market is competitive. Like long-distance service, many broadband services have been detariffed. Tariffs are optional for competitive LECs, but they may not file tariffs for switched access if the price does not comply with benchmark rules.
The FCC may investigate any tariff before or after it becomes effective. Investigations
can be on the FCC’s own initiative or in response to a complaint.
Part 61 of the FCC’s rules detail other possible notice periods under which carriers can file tariffs, as well all other rules governing tariffs. Tariffs are administered by the Pricing Policy Division.
In order to minimize their costs,
non-dominant carriers may cancel several tariffs or revise several tariffs
under one cover letter with the payment of one filing fee provided that
each tariff has the same Issuing Carrier name and the Issue Date is identical
for each tariff.
Non-dominant interexchange carriers filing on their own behalf may use the following examples as references for how to cancel their tariff(s):
Organizations that file tariffs on behalf of multiple non-dominant
carriers may request a waiver of applicable filing rules so that they
may cancel the tariff(s) of multiple non-dominant carriers or
file revisions to the tariff(s) of multiple non-dominant carriers
under one Consolidated Cover Letter with the payment of one filing fee,
provided that all the tariffs have the same Issue Date.
Waiver of the applicable filing rules for this purpose must be requested by filing an Application for Special Permission, including the applicable filing fee. Organizations are reminded that they must file the Consolidated Application for Special Permission and obtain approval prior to filing the Consolidated Cover Letter. Organizations filing on behalf of multiple non-dominant interexchange carriers may use the following examples as references for how to cancel multiple tariffs.
Non-dominant interexchange carriers are reminded that all tariff filings (not Applications for Special Permission) must be made on either a 3 1/2 inch diskette or CD-ROM containing the complete tariff including the revised material. Applications for Special Permission must be submitted in paper format.
International Detariffing Takes Effect January 28,2002
CLEC Permissive Detariffing and Application of the Benchmark Rate
The Electronic Tariff Filing System (ETFS) is a web-based system through which incumbent LECs must submit official tariffs and associated supporting materials to the FCC. The public may also use ETFS to view these tariffs and documents.
|last reviewed/updated on November 09, 2009|
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