FCC Issues NAL for Failure to Timely Provide Supporting Documentation to USAC

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) against US South Communications, Inc. (US South), which provides facilities-based and resold domestic and international telecommunications services, for its failure to timely respond to the directives of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to provide records that justify its financial and other information reported in its 2018 and 2019 Telecommunications Reporting Worksheets (TRWs).  The Commission notes that US South failed to respond to three different verification directives by USAC on April 22, September 12, and November 5, 2019.  US South attempted to argue that its consultant was at fault for the failure to respond but the Commission held that the responsibility lies with the company.  As a result, the Commission proposes a $75,000 fine against US South for these apparent violations of its rules.

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