April 1 was the deadline for telephone companies to file annual Automated Reporting Management Information System ("ARMIS") reports, which are used to calculate telephone company pole owners’ maximum lawful pole attachment rates in states regulated by the FCC and most certified states. Filings were made by the largest phone companies - AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink – as well as most mid-sized ILECs, including Windstream, FairPoint Communications, Frontier Communications, Cincinnati Bell, Puerto Rico Telephone Company and Hawaiian Telcom. Small telephone companies are exempt from this requirement.
Depending upon the pole owners’ billing cycles, the ARMIS cost data will be reflected in pole attachment rates commencing in July 2014 or January 2015. If you would like to know what the maximum permitted rates will be for a particular ILEC, please contact us.