The International Bureau of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a statement to remind cable landing licensees and common carriers that data as of December 31, 2019 for the annual Circuit Capacity Reports are due no later than March 31, 2020.

Section 43.82 of the FCC’s rules requires (1) any licensee of a submarine cable between the United States and a foreign point and (2) any common carrier with capacity on a submarine cable between the United States and a foreign point to file Circuit Capacity Reports.

Submarine cable landing licensees must file a Cable Operator Report with the available capacity (both lit and unlit capacity) of the cable as of December 31, 2019 and the planned capacity (the intended capacity, both lit and unlit, of the cable two years out from December 31, 2019).

Cable landing licensees and common carriers must file a Capacity Holder Report identifying the capacity that they own or hold through an indefeasible right of use (IRU) or an intercarrier lease (ICL) as of December 31, 2019.

The FCC said that filers should refer to the International Bureau’s Filing Manual for Section 43.82 Circuit Capacity Reports (Filing Manual) for instructions on how to file the reports, who must file, which reports to file, the required information, and the filing procedures. On December 20, 2019, the FCC International Bureau released a revised Filing Manual for filing the Cable Operator Report and the Capacity Holder Report.

The Bureau also released a corrected Filing Manual that is available at https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-362660A1.pdf.

The changes in the revised Filing Manual are highlighted below:

  • Cable Operator Report: Clarifies that if a cable landing license has been granted but the cable has not yet commenced service, the licensee(s) of that cable must report the planned capacity of the cable in the Cable Operator Report.
  • Capacity Holder Report: Clarifies the definition of “cable ownership” as “the capacity that an entity owns on a cable.”
  • Similar to the Cable Operator Report, data for the Capacity Holder Report must be reported in gigabits per second (Gbps). Filers should no longer report in Synchronous Transport Module level-1 (STM-1) units.
  • Clarified that capacity holders shall “categorize net capacity held in column (d), on each cable as either activated (i.e., lit) or non-activated (i.e., unlit) capacity.”
  • Consolidated Cable Operator Report. If a Filing Entity is filing on behalf of other cable landing licensees on the cable or on behalf of an affiliated entity or entities, the Filing Entity should submit a list of the licensees or entities for which it is filing data in an email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Consolidated Capacity Holder Report. If a Filing Entity is filing on behalf of an affiliated entity or entities, the Filing Entity should submit a list of the entities for which it is filing data in an email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Finally, to assist Filing Entities with their submissions, the revised Filing Manual provides examples.

Section 43.82 Online Filing System. Filing Entities must file their Circuit Capacity Reports through the section 43.82 online filing system at https://apps2.fcc.gov/section4362/login.xhtml.

Licensees of each cable must file a Cable Operator Report for the cable and each licensee must file a Capacity Holder Report with its capacity holdings on all cables, including cables on which it is not a licensee. Common carriers must file Capacity Holder Reports.

Enforcement of Circuit Capacity Rules. The FCC reminds cable landing licensees and common carriers of their obligation to file accurate reports by March 31, 2020. We encourage Filing Entities to file their reports as early as possible during the filing window. Failure to comply with section 43.82 requirements may subject such entities to enforcement action.

Each Filing Entity must use a single CORES FCC Registration Number (FRN) to submit data on: (1) Filing Entity contact information; (2) preparer contact information; (3) authorizations/licenses; (4) submarine cable operator data; (5) submarine cable capacity holder data; and (6) certifying official’s information. Filers must enter the data directly into the online forms in the section 43.82 online filing system. With respect to (4) submarine cable operator data and (5) submarine cable capacity holder data, the data should be added to templates that are accessed through the online filing system and then uploaded into the online filing system. Additionally, each Filing Entity must provide the correct FCC authorization/license numbers associated with its filing.

FCC noted that its staff has the capability to send emails through the section 43.82 online filing system. All system-generated emails will be from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Filing Entities should ensure that their systems will accept emails from this address. Finally, any section 43.82 requests or any other questions should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For additional information, contact Stacey Ashton, Telecommunications and Analysis Division,

International Bureau, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 202-418-2214 or Gabrielle Kim, Telecommunications and

Analysis Division, International Bureau, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 202-418-0730.