According to the FCC public notice, the FCC granted the application of submarine cable landing license for the Jupiter cable system on July 6, 2020. The FCC granted the application upon coordinating with the Department of State and other Executive Branch agencies. The applicants and the licensees of the Submarine Cable Landing License for the Jupiter cable system include: (1) NTT America, Inc. (NTTAmerica), (2) NTT Worldwide Telecommunications Corporation (NTT WT), (3) Edge Cable Holdings USA, LLC (Edge USA), (4) HKT Global(Singapore) Pte. Ltd (PCCW Global), (5) PLDT, Inc., (PLDT), (6) SoftBank Corp. (SoftBank), and (7) Amazon Data Services, Inc. (ADSI).

The Jupiter Consortium filed the FCC the the application of submarine cable landing license on May 17, 2018.

On August 22, 2019, the FCC granted Jupiter Consortium a Special Temporary Authority (STA) to construct, connect the U.S. end points of, and test at their own risk those portions of the JUPITER cable system in U.S. territory prior to the FCCs grant of the Applicants’ pending cable landing license application. The Special Temporary Authority (STA) was available for 180 days. Later on Feburary 6, 2020, the FCC granted an extension of the Special Temporary Authority (STA) for another 180 days.

On May 22, 2020, the Jupiter Consortium signed with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) a Letter of Assurances (“LOA”) to address national security, law enforcement, and public safety concerns raised with regard to the application for submarine cable landing license for the Jupiter cable system.

On June 22, 2020, the DHS submitted the FCC a Petition to Adopt Conditions to Authorizations and Licenses (“Petition”). Through this Petition, the DHS advises the FCC no objection to the FCC approving the authority of submarine cable landing license for the Jupiter cable system, provided that the FCC conditions its approval on the commitment of the licensees to abide by the undertakings set forth in the May 22, 2020 Letter of Assurances (“LOA”).

Finally on July 6, 2020, the FCC granted Cable Landing License to NTT America, Inc., NTT Worldwide Telecommunications Corporation, Edge Cable
Holdings USA, LLC, HKT Global (Singapore) Pte. Ltd, PLDT, Inc., SoftBank Corp., and Amazon Data Services, Inc. for the purpose of landing
and operating a non-common carrier fiber-optic submarine cable system, the JUPITER system, connecting Hermosa Beach, California; Cloverdale, Oregon; Maruyama and Shima, Japan; and Daet, the Philippines; (2) waivers of section 1.767(h)(1) of the Commission's rules, 47 CFR § 1.767, in connection with the license; and, (3) grant of the Petition to Adopt Conditions to Authorizations and Licenses filed on June 22, 2020, by the Department of Homeland Security.

The following chart demonstrates the milestones and the FCC processing for Submarine Cable Landing License for the Jupiter Cable System.

 

FCC processing for submarine cable landing license
Milestones and the FCC Processing for Submarine Cable Landing License for the Jupiter Cable System