FCC Eliminates Annual CPNI Certification Requirement

In a recent rulemaking proceeding regarding broadband services, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted the following decision that affects the Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) annual certification requirements, which apply to telecommunications carriers and interconnected VoIP providers: 

We eliminate the specific compliance recordkeeping and annual certification requirements in Section 64.2009 [CPNI] for voice providers. Eliminating these requirements reduces burdens for all carriers, and particularly small carriers, which often may not need to record approval if they do not use or share customer PI for purposes other than the provision of service. We find that carriers are likely to keep records necessary to allow for any necessary enforcement without the need for specific requirements, and that notifications of data breaches to customers and to enforcement agencies (including the Commission) will ensure compliance with the rules and a workable level of transparency for customers.

The new rule became effective on January 3, 2017, and the FCC has interpreted that timing to eliminate the need for the 2016 certification that would have been due by March 1.

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