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Federal Communications Commission
1919 - M Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
News media information 202 / 418-0500
Fax-On-Demand 202 / 418-2830
Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

Released: August 11, 1997
DA Number: 97-1671A


CC Docket 97-21, 96-45

On August 4, 1997, the Commission released the Universal Service Worksheet Public Notice.(1) The Public Notice announced the release of the Universal Service Worksheet and instructions, which require contributors to universal service support mechanisms to submit information regarding their end-user telecommunications revenues.

Attached are revised instructions that do not include substantive changes. The following paragraphs were inadvertently omitted from the instructions attached to the August 4, 1997 Public Notice.

Paragraph four:

The Commission is authorized under the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, to collect the personal information we request in this form. We will use the information you provide to determine contribution amounts. If we believe there may be a violation or potential violation of a statute or a Commission regulation, rule or order, your Worksheet may be referred to the Federal, state, or local agency responsible for investigating, prosecuting, enforcing, or implementing the statute, rule, regulation, or order. In certain cases, the information in your Worksheet may be disclosed to the Department of Justice, court, or other adjudicative body when (a) the Commission; or (b) any employee of the Commission; or (c) the United States government, is a party to a proceeding before the body or has an interest in the proceeding.

Paragraph five:

If you owe a past due debt to the federal government, the taxpayer identification number (such as your social security number) and other information you provide also may be disclosed to the Department of the Treasury Financial Management Service, other federal agencies, and/or your employer to offset your salary, IRS tax refund, or other payments to collect that debt. The Commission also may provide this information to these agencies through the matching of computer records where authorized.

Paragraph six:

With the exception of your social security number, if you do not provide the information we request on the Worksheet, the Commission may consider you in violation of section 54.713 of the Commission's rules. 47 C.F.R. § 54.713.

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IV. Reminders.

- Each affiliate or subsidiary must file separately. Each affiliate or subsidiary should show the same holding company name on Line (5).

- Provide data for all lines that apply. Show a zero for all items for which the contributor had no revenues for the filing period.

- Contributors must file twice a year. Contributors must provide revenue data for January 1 through June 30 by September 1 of each year. Contributors must provide revenue data for January 1 through December 31 of the prior year by March 31 of each year.

- The Worksheet must be signed by an officer of the company. An officer is a person who occupies a position specified in the corporate by-laws (or partnership agreement), and would typically be president, vice president for operations, comptroller, treasurer, or a comparable position.

Requests for Commission nondisclosure of information contained in the Worksheet can be made under section 0.459 of the Commission's rules at the time that the subject data is submitted to the administrator. 47 C.F.R. § 0.459. As required by our rules, such requests for nondisclosure must contain a statement of the reasons for withholding the materials from disclosure (e.g., competitive harm) and the facts supporting that statement. In any event, all decisions regarding disclosure of company-specific information will be made by the Commission.

For further information regarding the Worksheet and instructions, contact Diane Law or Frances Downey, (202) 418-7400.


1. See FCC Announces Release of Universal Service Worksheet, FCC Form 457, Public Notice, DA 97-1671 (rel. Aug. 4, 1997).