As of December 2019, there are 74 FCC licensed submarine cable systems in the US, and 12 pending new submarine cable landing license or renewal applications. The FCC needs to coordinate with other Executive Branch agencies (such as Team Telecom) applications where a foreign citizen or foreign-organized entity, including foreign government, would hold a 10 percent or greater direct or indirect equity or voting interest in the licensee.

According to the FCC, Team Telecom represents a working group of representatives from the Federal government entities charged with ensuring national security: the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, Justice, State, Treasury, and Commerce, as well as USTR and the FBI). 

Among the pending applications, the longest one is the application for new submarine cable landing license for PLCN, which has been taking for more than two years since November 1, 2017, and is still under reviewing by the FCC and Team Telecom. 

Google is PLCN's landing party in the US. And PLCN cable system is supplied SubCom. 

The FCC have granted Special Temporary Authorities (STAs) to carry out certain engineering works for PLCN in the territory of the US.

According to the FCC, STAs are granted with a fixed expiration date, usually six months, or for the term necessary to cover a special event, etc. STAs do not have grace periods and are valid only through their expiration date. The FCC may grant extensions of an STA for a period of 180 days, but the applicant must show that extraordinary circumstances warrant such an extension.

 

Pending Applications For Submarine Cable Landing License

No.

Name Of Cable

Applicant &
Landing Party in the US

Type of Application

Accepted For Filing Public Notice

(MM/DD/YY)

1

PLCN

GU Holdings Inc.

(Google)

 New cable landing license

11/1/17

 

1/22/18

(amended filing)

2

JUPITER

NTT America, Inc.

New cable landing license

8/8/18

3

HKA

Edge Cable Holdings USA, LLC

New cable landing license

8/23/18

 

4

Taino-Carib Cable System

AT&T Corp.

Renewal

To renew the authority for the Taino-Carib Cable System for an additional 25-year term.

9/4/18

 

5

JGA North

RTI Solutions, Inc.

New cable landing license

11/16/18

 

6

BtoBE

Edge Cable Holdings USA, LLC

(Facebook)

New cable landing license

12/26/18

7

Dunant

GU Holdings Inc.

(Google)

New cable landing license

5/8/19

8

Americas I Cable System

AT&T Corp.

Renewal

To allow the continued operation of the Americas I Cable System for an additional 25-year term following the expiration of the current license on September 1, 2019.

5/21/19

9

Columbus II Cable System

AT&T Corp.

Renewal

To allow the continued operation of the Columbus II Cable System for an additional 25-year term following the expiration of the current license on October 1, 2019

5/22/19

10

JGA South

GU Holdings Inc.

(Google)

New cable landing license

6/21/19

11

Southern Cross NEXT

Pacific Carriage Limited Inc.

New cable landing license

8/30/19

12

HK-G

RTI Solutions, Inc.

New cable landing license

12/27/19

 

Source of information in the table: FCC Public Notices