When Do You Need a State License?
And Do the States Have the Same Requirements?
If you intend to provide telecommunications services
entirely within a single state (like California), you
may need a separate license from a regulatory body in
that state (typically, the Public Service Commission
of the state). Whether or not you need a license depends
on many factors, including whether the state has jurisdiction
over your service, whether the state requires a license
or just a registration and whether your service is provided
using your own facilities or by reselling the services
of another company. Although there are similarities
in the way the several states regulate telecommunications
services, the process is as varied as the states themselves.
Some states allow a straightforward online registration
for competitive services, while other states still have
a public notice and hearing process. And while some
states no longer require the filing of a tariff, other
states not only require the tariff, they have a specific
tariffing format and content requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be incorporated in the state in which
I want to provide services?
Not usually. But you must register with the Secretary
of State (or equivalent office) of that state to do
business there. This is a routine filing and is generally
Do I need a state license to provide wireless services
or to do broadcast?
The short answer is no. Although there are other requirements
-- such as business licenses and the like, the states
do not regulate the provision of broadcast or wireless
services. However, states to assess taxes on services,
including in some states wireless prepaid services.
How much does it cost to get a license from a state?
The fees charged by the various states can be all over
the map. Some states charge no filing fee. While fees
for other states (like Maryland) are extremely high.
We charge a flat fee for obtaining
a license, registration or certification from a state.
Please contact us for pricing
information. Discounts are available for multiple states.