Authority: The Commission is authorized to pursue this information collection pursuant to the authority contained in 47 U.S.C. §§ 151, 152, 154 (i)-(j) & (o), 155, 251(e)(3), 254, 257, 301, 303, 332, 402, 1302; and 5 U.S.C. §§ 602(c) and 609(a)(3).
Purpose: Welch LLP acts as the FCC’s Billing and Collection Agent for the North American Numbering Plan (NANP). As the Commission’s agent, Welch collects such information, including business contact information, that is necessary for Welch to perform its designated billing and collection functions. See 47 CFR §§ 52.7(f), 52.12, 52.16.
Routine Uses: The FCC may release information provided in this form when necessary and appropriate under 5 U.S.C. § 552a(b) of the Privacy Act to: the public in FCC releases of notices or actions or when required to comply with federal laws or FCC regulations requiring public disclosure of the information contained in our records; to third parties, including individuals and businesses in the communications industry and public safety, FCC vendors and their contractors, and to other federal agencies or state, local, U.S. territorial, and Tribal government entities to administer, support, participate in, or receive information related to, FCC programs and activities; or to ensure compliance with the confidentiality and other rules regarding information sharing in the FCC’s programs and activities; to other federal agencies or to other administrative or adjudicative bodies before which the FCC is authorized to appear; to federal, state, or local law enforcement when FCC becomes aware of an indication of a violation or potential violation of a civil or criminal statute, law, regulation, or order; to Federal agencies, non-Federal entities, their employees, and agents for the purpose of detecting and preventing fraud, waste, and abuse in Federal programs; to non-federal personnel, including contractors, grantees, and volunteers who have been engaged to assist the FCC in the performance of a contract service, grant, cooperative agreement, or other activity related to this system of records and who need to have access to the records in order to perform their activity; and, to appropriate agencies, entities, and persons when the FCC suspects or has confirmed that there has been a breach of information related to this system.
A complete list of the routine uses can be found in the system of records notice associated with this collection, FCC-2, Business Contacts and Certifications, posted at https://www.fcc.gov/managing-director/privacy-transparency/privacy-act-information.
Disclosure: It is mandatory to provide this information. Welch requires current business contact information in order to perform its designated billing and collection functions, which include managing the funds and submitting delinquent debt to the U.S. Department of Treasury and/or submitting to the Red Light portal at the FCC.