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Registration - Certification - Reporting - Permits

IXC - Interexchange Carriers, PPC - Prepaid Calling Cards
Other Uncertificated Non-dominant Telecommunications Carriers

Overview

When the FCC deregulated the local exchange market in the Telecommunications Act of 1996, it allowed states to require Interexchange Carriers, PrePaid Calling Card Providers, and other uncertificated non-dominant Telecommunications Carriers to register (PURA Chapter 54, Subchapter C; except as noted in PURA §51.002(10)) (relating to Definitions). The registration is done to identify, monitor, and protect the public interest against telecommunications entities providing unregistered telecommunications services.

Who Should File: Any entity that is described by the Substantive Rule 26.5(140)(Non-dominant Carrier); (A.) An interexchange telecommunications carrier (including a reseller of interexchange telecommunications services); (B.) Any of the following that is not a dominant carrier: (i) a specialized communications common carrier; (ii) any other reseller of communications; (iii) any other communications carrier that conveys, transmits, or receives communications in whole or in part over a telephone system; (iv) a provider of operator services that is not also a subscriber.

When to File: Before an entity begins service, they are required to register with the Commission. The entity is also required to file Annual Reports updating its registration information. See Substantive Rules 26.107 and 26.89 below.

How to File: Send 4 copies to:
Central Records
Public Utility Commission of Texas
1701 N. Congress Ave.
PO Box 13326
Austin, TX 78711-3326

Forms - Applications

IXC and PPC and Other Uncertificated Non-dominant Carrier Registration Format | MSWord (.doc)

Reporting Requirements

To revise or update any contacts, addresses, phones numbers or email addresses use the Annual Report Form listed below and submit it within 30 days of the change:
Annual Report - IXC, PPC, and Other Uncertificated Nondominant Telecommunications Carriers Reporting Requirements - Login Required
To obtain a Login and Password, email gordon.vansickle@puc.texas.gov (w/company name)
The filing deadline begins January 1st running through April 30th of each year.

Tariffs and Price Sheets

An IXC shall file either a Tariff or Price Sheet before service begins. There is no approval process and there is no required format. Tariffs and Price Sheets are for "Informational Purposes" only. The Tariff or Price Sheet becomes active the day it is filed with Central Records. The Tariffs or Price Sheets shall be filed in Control Number 27385.

Registered Companies

Interexchange Carriers - ixc.csv

Corrections to these lists: Please update your company contact information using the PUC Portal and either "IXC Annual Report" or "Company Contacts", if later than annual report due date. Both are available in PUC Applications.

Rules - Statutes - Orders

Substantive Rule §26.89 - Information Regarding Rates and Services of Nondominant Carriers

Substantive Rule §26.107 - Telephone Prepaid Calling Services

Questions and Answers

Technical - Gordon Van Sickle at 512-936-7343 - gordon.vansickle@puc.texas.gov

Tariffs/Price Sheets - Stephen Mendoza at 512-936-7394 - stephen.mendoza@puc.texas.gov

Central Records at 512-936-7180